Old 08-18-2005, 07:39 AM   #1
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Heres some photos I got of the new CSX ES44DC's 5202 and 5203. Of course it was pouring as I was taking these but you gotta take what you can get. Anyways there having a bunch of problems with the wiring on these units. So further release of units from Erie are on hold. Once the problem is fixed I would expect a steady release of them.

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Old 08-18-2005, 01:07 PM   #2
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nice pix especially the last one.
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Old 08-18-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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Nice shots! I personally think the ES44AC's look better than the AC4400's, though they need road grime.
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Old 08-18-2005, 10:55 PM   #4
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I prefer them with out grime, it ruins any locomotive. I didnt realize CSX was buying GEVO's. They looks nice.
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Old 08-19-2005, 12:51 PM   #5
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I personally think the ES44AC's look better than the AC4400's, though they need road grime.
What are the spotting tips to recognize the locomotive is an AC4400 or an ES44 ?

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Old 08-19-2005, 01:27 PM   #6
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Default Differences between AC4400 and ES44DC

The quickest way to tell, at least in my opinion is with the radiator flares. The flares are significantly longer than an AC4400's, at least by a couple of
feet.

Speaking of longer, the GEVO's are also longer, the exact length difference escapes me now.

Stand trackside when a GEVO goes by, there's no mistaking the whine of those traction motors, no other locomotive that I've heard to date sounds like a GEVO.

I'll look around some of my mags, I seem to recall an article in Model Railroader which discussed the differences between the GEVO's and their predecessors, as well as the EMD ACe's.

I've got a few pictures of Bunny Sniffers as well that I can use for pointing out the differences if anyone should be interested.


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Well thanks for the answer. I have no idea what a Bunny Sniffers is ! lol

Most of books i bought here (an France*) are talking about most of the Ge and GM locomotives ... but not the recent ones. So i am really interesting to get informations about new Evolution Series but also last GM.

Thanks for your help, once again !

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The quickest way to tell, at least in my opinion is with the radiator flares. The flares are significantly longer than an AC4400's, at least by a couple of feet.

Speaking of longer, the GEVO's are also longer, the exact length difference escapes me now.
Actually, GEVO's, AC4400CW's, and Dash-9's are the same length- 73' 2" over the pulling faces. Drawing's of the ES44AC and SD70ACe can be found in the November 2004 issue of Model Railroader.

Yes, probably the best way to tell these two locomotives apart is by the radiator 'wings'. GEVO's have a much thicker and longer radiator section.
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"Bunny Sniffers" is a term some of the railfans on the US East Coast refer to BNSF power as.

So if you hear a railfan say, "Look, Bunny Sniffer!" good possibility they see a BNSF motor in a lashup.

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"Bunny Sniffers" is a term some of the railfans on the US East Coast refer to BNSF power as.

So what would we in the midwest call a CSX or NS engine in a BNSF or UP consist.........?
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Couldn't agree more Ryan.
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There is always the dreaded NS "catfish" (any safety cab NS unit).
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