Covered wagon hunter

Grunt Dec 10, 2019

  1. Grunt

    Grunt TrainBoard Member

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    Found these two hiding at the former BNSF shops at Burlington, Iowa.
    Feel free to dump a few pics of your recent E/F finds and see where this thread takes us.
    Happy hunting! BN F units.jpg
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Anyone know their heritage? Formerly used as power units for? Usually they adapt B units for such as rotaries, so how did they use these?
     
  3. gjslsffan

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    I wonder if the one to the right might have been an FP, as it appears to be a bit longer.
     
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  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    If we could read those unit numbers....
     
  5. Grunt

    Grunt TrainBoard Member

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    From another picture I took yesterday I could get a somewhat better look at the numbers on those Fs. BN972570 and 972571. According to Railpictures.com are F7s that were former snow plow power. Pictures I saw while researching them all show their windows painted over while they were in service during their final years. I guess MU power for the plow is all they were used for.
     
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  6. Kurt Moose

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    I saw them two in Havre, MT way back in 1994, they were attached to a rotary snow plow. :rolleyes:
     
  7. HemiAdda2d

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    Not recent, but hey, I'll have a go...

    Pre-2006, Cheyenne, WY:

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    2009, Essex, MT. Not sure if an F45 counts, but here ya go anyways.

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  8. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    What on earth did they do to the radiator fans of those BN plow units?
     
  9. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Being used in snow removal service, could be some sort of shielding to prevent snow buildup.
     
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  10. Kurt Moose

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    I wanna say I remember reading that they were ex-NP units?:whistle:
     
  11. ddechamp71

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    Merida, Yucatan, May 2006. Merida RR Museum. I don't know this F-Unit's current status, when I met the guys they were planning to give her a cosmetic overhaul.

    Dom
     
  12. Kurt Moose

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    Wow, hopefully it received a nice paint job! (y)

    Interesting, also in your pic, looks like an old turntable, and some Alcos in the background!!:eek:
    Know the story on those?!o_O
     
  13. Kurt Moose

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    The Northwest has a few old "Covered Wagons" roaming around too, just gotta' get out in the woods to find them......
    Oregon has the old Great Northern F-unit # IMG_0432.JPG 274 at Garibaldi on the Oregon Coast. IMG_8229.JPG

    And Washington has the Northern Pacific F-unit #7012 at the Mount Rainier Scenic in Elbe. IMG_1032.JPG IMG_9408 (2).JPG
     
  14. Kurt Moose

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    There is also an F-unit near Stevenson, Wa painted in Spokane, Portland, and Seattle paint, but I have yet to get a pic.....:rolleyes:
     
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  15. Kurt Moose

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    Oh, and in Spokane somewhere is a "Loewy" painted F-unit as well!:D

    Dunno exactly wear, last I heard it was at the Spokane County Fairgrounds?
     
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  16. ddechamp71

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    Yep Kurt, looks like an old turntable. Possibly from the time when the RR serving Yucatan was 3'-gauge and isolated from the remaining of mexican national network (until 1986 if my reminds are good).

    Unfortunately I don't know the history of Merida Museum's Alcos. What I remember is that when I got there in 2006 there were 2 "true" ALCOs (well, one and half - see the following just after), both in operating condition : A RS3 (EMD 567 equipped) and a C420 (NdeM #5700), on board of which I had been lucky to run a few hundred meters back and forth. Furthermore there was what I remember beeing a MRL M-420 but not operating.

    Sorry, I'm out of subject... ;)

    Dom
     
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  17. vince p

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    Nope BN only had two FP7's first was destroyed in a 1972 accident the other wrecked at Sumas WA and retired at Auburn WA.

    Those are rotory power unit's then when BN came up power short they were pressed back into freight service in mineral red then BN green then retired and back into mineral red.
     
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  18. Hardcoaler

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    Still running today I think, I found lovely former B&M 4266 in North Conway, NH in June of 1988.

    1988-06-13 008 North Conway NH - for upload.jpg
     
  19. BoxcabE50

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    I believe that unit was one of the pieces at the Fairgrounds, which was supposed to be moved to the museum site closer to Fairchild. That group was losing their space to changes on the Fairgrounds site.
     
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  20. Kurt Moose

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    Yeah, heard that too, hopefully it's a done deal.
     

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