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Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 9:49 pm
by Bob Durnell
The period around the time of the 1999 Conrail split was probably the greatest era of oddball motive power in these parts since Conrail was formed in 1976. Power short, no, make that power desperate Norfolk Southern turned to just about ANY source to rent power. Believe it or not, for a very short time four Amtrak F40PH's re-geared for freight service held down a regular turn out of East Wayne Yard. This particular F40 was one of several modified to have a front porch to make them more useful as freight power, and was painted for it's new owner?, Lessor? I can't remember the details that brought this locomotive back into the world of rent-a wrecks, but I think that railroad bellied up.

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 10:14 pm
by Hotbox
it looks like the trailing unit #232 has a doorway at the centerline over the coupler. Were these units "covered wagons" in the traditional sense?

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 12:44 am
by Bob Durnell
The F40PHs's were cowl carbody units like the SDP40F and the FP40 and FP45s that proceeded it. The Cowl body enclosed the engine compartment and walkways from the outside, but had no structural support purpose, unlike the EMD F and E units where the carbody was part of the frame structure.

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 7:22 pm
by Hotbox
I always get a little bit confused with the term "cowl" as it pertains to locomotives. To me a cowl is like a fairing on a motorcycle, or a shield over a nose cone.....or like a front air dam on a Can-Am car.

Was it possible on the units featured in the photo to enter the crew compartment from the front platform?

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 11:00 pm
by Bob Durnell
Yes, the freight conversions included a front door.

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 10:33 am
by Hotbox
Is it just me , or does that lead unit have one of Erie-Lackawannas paint schemes?

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 1:45 pm
by hibbard
Looks more like Canadian Pacific. All it needs is the beaver.

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 5:56 pm
by Hotbox
hibbard wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 1:45 pm
Looks more like Canadian Pacific. All it needs is the beaver.
My gosh, you are right! Erie was blue with a red stripe...my bad!

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:07 pm
by Bob Durnell
In all my years of railfanning, I have only been able to witness a SD80MAC in Allen County on two occasions, and the first time BOTH of my camera batteries were dead! This is the second time, taken in March, and though the conditions and location didn't make for very good photos, I'm still thrilled to have finally bagged one of the 20 cylinder beasts.

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:04 pm
by Hotbox
It's a shame that you stopped posting your photos.

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:29 am
by Bob Durnell
I didn't stop, I just keep forgetting. So much going on during the warmer months. I promise I will make up for it!

3/17/16.

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:33 am
by Bob Durnell
8/24/16 in the rain along Old Maumee Road in the summer rain.

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:20 pm
by Bob Durnell
1/8/2010. CF&E power idles in the frigid late afternoon cold at the Hump at Piqua yard.

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:12 am
by Hotbox
Okay, I gotta ask...."Hump" must be the name of a junction? I ask, because I don't think they still have the retarders and all that is required for an operating hump yard...do they? I know that the underpass is the physical "hump" but they aren't humping it, are they?

Re: Bob's Fort Wayne area photo of the week

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:24 am
by Bob Durnell
I believe "Hump" is the control point where the Union Belt meets the Piqua Yard trackage on the east side of the yard tower. The two CF&E engines are actually sitting on another track behind that one. As far as I know, Piqua was never anything but a glorified flat switching yard where cars COULD be rolled up the hill and allowed to gravity roll into either the east or west yard. Whether they ever used riders on the cars to tie down handbrakes on the cars, or whether they simply held by the "bowl" the way East Wayne is, I can't say.