Old 08-24-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default Oldest Class I Locomotive You've Shot in Active Service

What's the oldest locomotive you've shot on a Class I that was in service?

I caught BNSF 3837 in January of this year:

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It's a GP7, built in 1950, apparently it was the second GP acquired by the ATSF - it was still in active service in Oklahoma City in 2008, 57 years after it was delivered.

Has anyone else shot anything that old on a Class I?
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:53 PM   #2
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What's the oldest locomotive you've shot on a Class I that was in service?
You got me beat...I can't find the month it was built, but I caught the 1950-built BNSF 1409 (ex-GN GP7) in 2005 when it was 55-years old, second out:
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As far as the oldest thing I've caught on the rails for a Class I (not counting some steam special) is this scale test car, built in 1936 (72 years):
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Nice catch on that Geep, BTW!
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:55 PM   #3
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Built in 1953 as Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo 77, a GP7 (apparently it was later upgraded to GP9 specs with an old FP9 prime mover).
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:46 PM   #4
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I've shot a few CP chopped GP7us from 1953, it's always nice to hear that rough 567 sound. Oldest one I've got on here is another one of those TH&B GP7us with FP9 parts inside.
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:15 AM   #5
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I've shot the BNSF 1409 leading which was built in 09/50, but that's on slides and likely will never reach RP.

I have shot the BNSF 1418 leading (last active BNSF GP10) and that was built in 10/50. That was shot on digital, but won't get on RP for quite a while, if ever.

The BNSF 3837 was built in 10/50.
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The BNSF 3837 was built in 10/50.
It says that in my caption - did you even read what I wrote?
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It says that in my caption - did you even read what I wrote?
No, I didn't even click on it, till now. In your post you never specified the month, so I thought you didn't know.
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At least from my photos on RP, my oldest class I locomotive would probably be in this consist...

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If you don't mind my asking, where do you guys find this neat info on these various locomotives?
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The oldest Ive gotten from the Class 1s would have to be this GTW GP9r built in 1954, and rebuilt in 1992.
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If you don't mind my asking, where do you guys find this neat info on these various locomotives?
Google the reporting marks and you'll often find a page or two with interesting info for the locomotive - there are a few guys out there who maintain very extensive lists of rosters, orders, etc.
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Both in new paint.

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CNW was close to a Class 1 and maybe UP used it?

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They are not the oldest in this forum - but I got a two for one shot.

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CN 7073 was built in 1957 and CN 7041 was built in 1955.
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CNW was close to a Class 1 and maybe UP used it?
CNW certainly counts as a Class 1 - Florida East Coast, Montana Rail Link, and Wisconsin Central aren't Class 1's only by account of the rules getting changed at their request.
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Google the reporting marks and you'll often find a page or two with interesting info for the locomotive - there are a few guys out there who maintain very extensive lists of rosters, orders, etc.
Sounds good - thanks!
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