Catches of the Day

BuddyBurton Oct 28, 2016

  1. BuddyBurton

    BuddyBurton TrainBoard Supporter

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    NS 7294 South(SD70ACu), BNSF 4710(Warbonnet scheme) and BNSF 6702(ES44C4) lead the loaded 674 sand train across 5th Street Interlocking in Clinton, IA on the CP Davenport Sub. 10/27/16

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    CSX 4547 North leading CP train 472 across the 5th Street Interlocking in Clinton, IA on the CP Davenport Subdivision. Unit is in the "How Tomorrow Moves" paint scheme. 10/27/16
     
  2. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

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    Great catches! You seem to have a good fishin' hole.;)
     
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  3. Hytec

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    I agree with Mike's analogy. If you had caught these in the Northeast, I'd say you got a Horn Pout, Rainbow Trout, and a Yellow Perch in the top photo. The bottom photo leads with a Bluegill, but I don't think you'd find Redfish or Red Snapper that far north or in fresh water. :confused:
     
  4. fitz

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    Good one, Hank. Buddy, that Warbonnet paint looks about as good as any I have seen lately. I sure wish BNSF would paint a few of them back in that great scheme. Nice work !
     
  5. BuddyBurton

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    NS has done a nice job with the former UP MAC's and converting them over to the SD70ACu's.
     
  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'm always curious about the actual costs of such shop work. Does anyone have some solid dollar numbers?
     
  7. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

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    I can't give any exact dollar figures, but it must be worth their while since new locomotives now cost in the millions.:eek:

    So they take some used (and fully amortized) UP SD9043ACs (710-engined convertibles that were never converted to 265s), give them a general overhaul, upgrade the electricals and electronics, a new isolated cab, and voila! The equivalent of a new SD70ACe. A lot of railroads opt for that sort of option simply because the price of a new locomotive is just sky high. And I'm quite sure there's a good tax write-off somewhere in there (the expense of rebuilding motive power, mainly, I suppose).

    The same basically happened in many railroads when used SD40s and SD40-2s were scooped up, rebuilt and upgraded. CN did a lot of that (buying back SD40s that served CN for years, then went far and wide - like to KCS and others, before returning home). Some of those upgraded SD40s (SD40-3s) are now operating on the Quebec-Gatineau railway that runs through here on the old CP line.

    A generation before that, it was GP7s and GP9s that got the treatment (Illinois Central, for one, comes to mind).

    There are substantial savings in doing it that way.
     
  8. BoxcabE50

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    Yup. Exactly. It's just tat I never seem to see a price tag, to get an idea of those savings. Curiosity....
     
  9. badlandnp

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    Back in the 90's when I was involved in the rebuild industry, a 40 to 40-2 upgrade with a frame off overhaul, (a class 1 in RR terms) would run in the 250,000 to 350,000 range. A lot depended on the original condition, what needed to be rebuilt or replaced and desired options. At the time, I believe a new 70MAC was about 1 - 1.2 mil? So, getting a NICE 40-2 was a very nice option, cost wise.
     
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