Old 02-29-2008, 01:14 AM   #1
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I have a slight problem that i was wondering if anyone could offer any suggestions. Whenever I take a picture of a locomotive, I like toknow what type of locomotive it is (Dash 9, SD70, etc). My problem is that other than searching RailPictures for the road number of the locomotive that I took a picture of, I don't know where to find the locomotive type. Does anyone have any tips they'd like to share?
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:17 AM   #2
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This is why I dont like to shoot diesels only steam, so I dont have this problem LOL.
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:23 AM   #3
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This is why I dont like to shoot diesels only steam, so I dont have this problem LOL.
Ignore him, he's just upset its not May yet and no steam is running.

An easy way is to search right here on RP by typing in the locomotive number that you have shot and selecting "Road No." from the drop down list. If this does turn up anything just start changing the last digit of the engine number to find its 'sister' engines.
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There are also several people that keep up to date lists on what series of numbers are what type of. I know of a couple for NS and I'm sure there are others for the other class 1's. For smaller railroads you can always do a google search for numbers and someone should have that info on a picture somewhere.
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:29 AM   #5
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NYC Nick,

Check out http://thedieselshop.us/ ...it is an excellent resource for both Class I and shortline rosters.
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Zoom in on your shots to the cab. Usually, you will find ES44AC, etc. usually close to the number, or sometimes at the very bottom of the cab just above the trucks.
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Old 02-29-2008, 02:27 AM   #7
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An easy way is to search right here on RP by typing in the locomotive number that you have shot and selecting "Road No." from the drop down list.
He already said that.
Like EMTRailfan said, look under the loco number on the side of the cab or in that general area. You should find the loco type.
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:34 AM   #8
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If you shoot NS trains, try www.nslocos.com . The site has the whole roster listed.
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Or become a rivet counter like me, studying the subtle differences for years, until you get to the point that you can ID most of them on the fly.

Not sure if I should be proud or ashamed.

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I google loco numbers to find info. example I would put this in google
"up 1995".
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:59 AM   #11
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Memorize them! 'Tis what I do.

Just kidding, I know it is hard to learn unwillingly, www.thedieselshop.us, the Bull Sheet and NSlocos are good resources for finding different Class I rosters.
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Old 02-29-2008, 05:22 PM   #12
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He already said that.
Like EMTRailfan said, look under the loco number on the side of the cab or in that general area. You should find the loco type.
Well, my education is being put to good use!

I use the RP method when dealing with the Class I or more popular Class II and III railroads, but I usually turn to a search engine such as Yahoo or Google for info on less popular shortlines, grain elevator switchers, etc.

Or start memorizing like some of us do. Yeah, I'm in the club, too. Once, you spend enough time trackside you start to learn the blocks of engine numbers and types. Like anything NS that is #9000 and above (and some 8800-8900) are Dash9-40CWs.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:56 PM   #13
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rrpicturearchives.net has a pretty comprehensive roster too...

You can always do a search for the reporting marks of the loco you want to know about in Google... A search for "BNSF 7027," as a random example, quickly reveals that it's an SD40-2.
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Or become a rivet counter like me, studying the subtle differences for years, until you get to the point that you can ID most of them on the fly.

Not sure if I should be proud or ashamed.
I can believe that a locomotive could have a fly, but how could a fly have a locomotive?

You should be proudly ashamed!
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I can believe that a locomotive could have a fly, but how could a fly have a locomotive?

You should be proudly ashamed!

Oh... but I have so much to be proudly ashamed of!
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:14 AM   #16
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Wow! No one has mentioned my source. Try

http://www.locophotos.com/

It's also a good place to post your roster shots.
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:28 PM   #17
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Regarding the suggestion to check what the model is on the locomotive's cab or frame ... This doesn't always work. For one thing, there are still some roads that don't include this information. But, more importantly, many roads change the designation (particularly on newer GEs) or they actually get it wrong. I have seen BNSF units in which Dash 9-44CWs are labeled Dash 8-40CW, for example.

Many of the internet suggestions are good, as are purchasing a collection of books. But, if you have any doubt, try to check at least two sources, as I have found errors on the 'net and in print as well, although much less often than on the real thing.
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Wow! No one has mentioned my source. Try

http://www.locophotos.com/

It's also a good place to post your roster shots.
I like their "Rejection Examples" page.


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Old 03-05-2008, 08:53 PM   #19
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Thanks for the ideas. And in response to memorizing numbers, I have seen enough Norfolk Southern Dash 9s going through Elyria to have those numbers ingrained in my skull.
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I love this site, has just about everything. I used to contribute here heavily, but over time I didn't have time to do roster shots anymore and I miss it.

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