Old 08-15-2003, 07:51 PM   #1
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I wonder what you guys' choice for best-looking locomotive might be?

I'm just learning to identify all the different locomotives... and there are a LOT to learn... but I've definitely identified my favorite (so far):

EMD E7(A) EMD E8(A)

By the way, why do I always see it written like that? Is it two different machines?

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Old 08-15-2003, 10:12 PM   #2
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Best looking.. lets see...

EMD 4 axle... GP30 High Hood
EMD 6 Axle.... SD40-2 High Hood

Alco... any PA in any paint scheme....classic!!

GE....they all suck, but if I had to pick one, it would be the C30-7...

Fairbanks Morse... they where ALL ugly...


to answer you E unit question, the A or B reffers to the unit being an "A" unit with cab, or a "B" unit with out cab...
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Old 08-16-2003, 03:50 PM   #3
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Best looking.. lets see...

EMD 4 axle... GP30 High Hood...

Mr. Bell, I'm new to all this. Is the locomotive in this photo what you mean by "high hood"? Thanks...

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Old 08-16-2003, 04:27 PM   #4
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From EMD-
4-axle GP30
6-axle SD45, or SD70M with flared radiators

From GE-
4-axle B40-8
6-axle C44-9W

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Is the locomotive in this photo what you mean by "high hood"?
Yes, that would be a high hood locomotive.
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Old 09-02-2003, 09:51 PM   #5
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My faves:

Alco: RS-3
Baldwin: 6-axle Sharks built for the PRR
EMD: SD9
Fairbanks-Morse: H24-66 Trainmaster
GE: C40-8 standard cab
Lima-Hamilton: Centercab transfer units built for PRR

My all time favorite is the Alco RS-3.
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GE P42DC

(assuming it's North American only minus train-sets)
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Old 09-03-2003, 04:53 AM   #7
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Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to my question. I actually searched the photos and looked at every locomotive you guys said you liked...and that has helped me learn many of the differences.

One thing, though -- two of you mentioned Fairbanks-Morse locomotives, but I can't find them listed in the photos. Is there some other name I should be looking under?

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Old 09-03-2003, 07:21 PM   #8
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You're right Gregory, there are no Fairbanks-Morse locomotives listed in the "Select Locomotive Type" menu. What I did is I searched "Fairbanks-Morse" in the Railroad Photo Search Engine but the search only came up with 2 photos. If you want, you can search on Google for Fairbanks-Morse locomotives or you could try this site: http://www.northeast.railfan.net/.
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All selections are Norfolk Southern
From EMD-
4 Axle-GP38-2 High Hood
6 Axle-SD40-2 with flared radiators

From GE-
4 Axle-B32-8
6 Axle -C40-9
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All selections are Norfolk Southern
From EMD-
4 Axle-GP38-2 High Hood
6 Axle-SD70M with flared radiators

From GE-
4 Axle-B32-8
6 Axle-C40-9
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Favorite EMD 6 Axle: SD70 Standard Cab
Favorite EMD 4 Axle: GP35

Favorite GE 6 Axle: C32-8
Favorite GE 4 Axle: B36-7

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I think I'd have to agree with willie on the standard SD70.

EMD SD70
Any of the high hood EMD's

GE C39-8 like the strange mix between -7 and -8 body styles.
GE C40-9 standard cab

Worst in my opinion was the high hood GE's that Southern had B23-7's I belive they were. May have been others.
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Worst in my opinion was the high hood GE's that Southern had B23-7's I belive they were. May have been others.
Yeah, I agree. High hood GE's aren't exactly my favorite but they do add some "personality" to a boring consist. Southern had high nose U23B's, B23-7's, and U30C's. High hood GE's sure are different, to say the least.
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I wonder what you guys' choice for best-looking locomotive might be?

I'm just learning to identify all the different locomotives... and there are a LOT to learn... but I've definitely identified my favorite (so far):

EMD E7(A) EMD E8(A)

~Gregory
My favorite diesel locomotives are Alco's, (including MLW's), specifically the 6-axle brutes, C-628, M-630, and M-636. See this MLW /Alco link..

http://reay.net/cdnmlw/index.htm

I also like GM-built SD40-2T "Tunnel Motors", the SD40-2 "Snoot nose" and the SD90MAC. As for GE, the brutish C32-8, and C39-8 are my favorites because of their nose, curved roof cab, and all that great stuff on the roof f the long hood!
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Modern freight: SD60 - very clean lines, nice proportion
Modern passenger: HHP8 (electric), Genesis (diesel)

1st Gen freight - Baldwin sharknose
1st Gen passenger - Baldwin sharknose

Of course, the Baldwins ran like crap, but I don't think you can beat that styling. They looked great in almost every paint scheme.

I prefer the GE Genesis over the EMD F59 because it has cleaner lines. The F59 has too many trim pieces bolted on for my taste. I DON'T like the windshield on the Genesis - it looks like gun ports on an armored car - but decent paint makes up for it. Only the Metro North units look lousy.

The HHP8 just plain looks fast. Maybe not as nice looking as a GG1, but certainly a step up from the E60 "flying brick" look or the AEM7 "toaster" look.

The SD60 is all business but has nice, clean angular lines with no strange affectations, humps, lumps or bumps - no too long "porches" and a "just right" nose. The M cab version is too nose heavy. The SD70 is a close second, but it has those awful looking (but great performing!) radial trucks.

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I prefer the GE Genesis over the EMD F59 because it has cleaner lines. The F59 has too many trim pieces bolted on for my taste. I DON'T like the windshield on the Genesis - it looks like gun ports on an armored car - but decent paint makes up for it. Only the Metro North units look lousy.
Yes, I agree.. I think the F59 has failed desperately at trying to look modern. Even the F40PH is a lot better looking.

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I agree with you Don, (and ICE)

I prefer the looks of the GE Genesis to the GM F59 as well. THe F59PH's are just too short looking, and whether they have the bubble nose or the better looking GO TRANSIT square nose, the Genesis still beat 'em.

If I had my way ... aside from changing the ugly windshield to a two piece, I wish GE would have six-wheel trucks on the Gennisis and offer a B-Unit too! Wouldn't an A-B-A set of AMTRAK six axle P42DC's look cool? :P
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first ho locomotive was a tyco c430
haven't seen (a real) one yet but i know what they look like
favorite to this day
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GE's Dash 8-32BWH is my favorite passenger engine.
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Kind of a tough question... quite a few.

Alcos!!

6-axle: C-636 with hi-ad trucks
4-axle: C-420
Passenger: PA

EMD conventional cabs: 4-axle: GP30, hi and lo hood
6-axle: SD40-2, hi-hood a must. SD45-2 close runner up.

EMD wide cabs: (don't like wide cabs) If I hafta take one, SD70m. All around good looking unit. SD70ACE is a real macho looking beast also. (haven't seen one in person yet)

GE: 4-axle: B36-7. 6-axle: U33, U36C.

Least favorite and #1 fugly: F59 and Genesis.

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the best of the best for me
passengers: GE P42DC
frieght: EMD SD70M ----------------> best of the best of the best
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My favorite is the FP45 in Warbonnet paint.
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Personally, I always like GG1's. Just great lines on that loco.
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Wouldn't an A-B-A set of AMTRAK six axle P42DC's look cool? :P
Amtrak has never had a six -axle locomtive. MY favorite locos are

EMD=F59PHI in Amtrak Surfliner
GE= DASH 9-44CW in Santa Fe Warbonnet or ES44DC in BNSF H3
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