What's Your Favorite Style of Diesel?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Cannonball, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

  2. chooch.42

    chooch.42 Member

    Anybody besides a Pennsy fan ever heard of a BP-20, Baldwin Passenger(A-1-A,A-1-A) Shark...2000 hp of streamlined beeeauty !
  3. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    My favorite is the CF-7. For those that don't know, back in the early 70's, ATSF had a bunch of old F-units sitting around and they decided to rebuild them to be used for local freight operations. They removed the F bodied and turned them into something very similar to a Geep. Very cool!

    The GP35 is a close second. But any Geep will do!
  4. SeriousSam

    SeriousSam Member

    I agree with Chris. But I dont have an AC600 nor an ES44DC. hopefully they'll be on N Scale plastic soon. I like all the modern diesel locomotives, and all the SD series. Also the Dash 8s and Dash 9s. But I think my favorite is the ATSF E6 set that I got from Life Like.
  5. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    The greatest Locomotives ever built*, the EMD 40 series.



    *9 out of 10 engineers surveyed (myself included) will tell you that the SD40-2 was the all time most reliable workhorse they have ever had the pleasure of operating. :thumb:
  6. SeriousSam

    SeriousSam Member

    hey, what does that other 1 out of 10 engineers surveyed say? Out of curiosity, since ive never been on a locomotive.
  7. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    SD 70 series (damned kids) :D

    When I was an Amtrak Conductor, the engineers really liked the F-40's and most preferred them over the P40's and especially the F-59's which are by the way the SORRIEST piece of crap any manufacturer ever turned out. :curse:
  8. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Any of the 1st generation carbody engines. GE's E and F units especially. Gotta love those curves....

  9. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    ALCO! Specifically the RS-3 and C420.
  10. zachary

    zachary Member

    emd e8 and any of the new widecabs
  11. jtloconut

    jtloconut Member

    High nose SD40-2 SOUTHERN:thumb:
  12. I've always been kinda partial to switchers. Here's some pics of my collection so far:




    This last one was the first one I puchased when I got back into the hobby a few months ago. :D

  13. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    I'm almost postive that's what the SF unit sitting down in our rail yard is....
  14. CRed

    CRed Member

    Here's what they look like...


    Apparently they were fairly common with several roads owning them.Athearn has a RTR model of them,very peculiar looking.

  15. Relic

    Relic Member

    I'm not too picky, F7or9 and pretty much any high hood road unit,run long hood ahead.
    Oh yeah it's gotta be in CN colours,
  16. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Only ATSF rebuilt F-units into CF7s. After the rebuilds between 1970 and 1978, all were sold off between 1984 and 1987. With their fairly short second lives, most were snapped up by shortlines.

    My own opinions, but first an explanation. This is how I tend to group locomotives:

    All FMs and Baldwins. EMDs through GP20 and SD24 (they have the same design style as the GP7/9 and SD7/9, which are definitely first-gen). Alcos through end of RS and RSD series. All cab (non-cowl) units.

    2nd Generation
    All U-boats and Dash 7s. EMDs from GP30 to end of Dash 2 line. Centuries and MLW M-series.

    EMDs from GP/SD50 onward. GEs - Dash 8 and up.

    My favorites from these eras, then:

    Early - Baldwin Centipede, centercab transfer, Sharknoses. FM C-Liners.

    2nd generation - DDA40X, SD45, SDP45. C630, C636, M636.

    Modern - Easy; the SD80/90MAC.

    I don't consider all of these good-looking. There's no such thing as a good-looking Baldwin, but they're interestingly ugly.
  17. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    But you've left out a few. I count the SD80 even though its only 5k... SO I guess its 5000hp+

    EMD SD80 series
    EMD SD90 series
    GE AC6000CW
    EMD DDA40X
    EMD DD40
    GE U50B
    GE U50C
    ALCo C855
    ALCo C643 (not sure of the HP but BIG!)
    And last but not least:
  18. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    HEY! Wait a minute! Isn't that a GP40? (Or a GP35)sign1 I don't think the WP had any 6 axle diesels, or a very small amount. VERY nice photo though! (Or was that your point, to show an SD 40 and a GP 40 too?) YOu don't see many WP photos around here, It's nice to finally see one. Do you have any MORE?
  19. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Who knew there were so many?
    I think this is the first time I've seen most varieties listed together like this.

    I think I would ahve a nervous breakdown if I were manufacturing model locomotives and trying to keep up with all the prototypes. :D
  20. CRed

    CRed Member

    Even going 5000HP and up it's still a pretty limited list isn't it.Now if you went from 4000HP and up you'd have a ton of choices to choose from for models.

    I know there's Kato models of the SD80/90 and BLI does the AC6000CW while Athearn does a BB model of the DDA40X,but does anyone have models of the others?I'm guessing Athearn might have BB models of a couple of them atleast,they have models of practically everything in their BB line.


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