Thread: Pickens U18Bs
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Old 06-22-2017, 12:12 AM   #3
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B40-8s were purchased, and marked PKHP (Pickens Honea Path). One has been leased out to an industry in Spartanburg, SC. I saw the two parked in Gluck. The third? Maybe in the shop. Still no solid word on the rationale for these units, whether lease fodder or bigger plans at the Pickens.

It is funny how some roads will stick with older power, often something the mechanical department is comfortable with. The PICK was a holdout on Baldwins, then the oddball Cummins-powered Alco switchers, and now the U18Bs. Usually on these roads which were traditionally Alco powered (4-stroke engine) you will see them "upgrade" to GE power (4-stroke engine), whereas the old EMD powered lines (2-stroke) just go to newer EMDs.
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