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Re: GE 44 Ton Diesels

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  • Paul Charland
    CLP had a few 45 ton center cabs, not 44 tonners. Claremont and Concord No. 30, a 44 tonner is now the switcher for Green Mountain in North Walpole NH,
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 27, 2000
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      CLP had a few 45 ton center cabs, not 44 tonners. Claremont and Concord No. 30,
      a 44 tonner is now the switcher for Green Mountain in North Walpole NH, believe
      this is also a phase I unit. Says something for the longevity of these little
      switchers.

      Paul

      paul larner wrote:

      > From: "paul larner" <pklarner@...>
      >
      > The railroads in NE that I can recall using 44 tonners were the B&M, MEC,
      > C&C. The CLP had one I believe, and the VTR used one for a while in
      > Burlington. Maine Central had a few, using them in the small yards. I
      > remember the one used at Lewiston Upper and I believe I've seen one working
      > Augusta. They were uncommon largely because their use was limited. MEC had
      > either 7 or 10 of them spread out on their system.(Notes are home) No. 15
      > went to Conway Scenic.
      >
      > There is an article from many years ago in "Trains" about them and the
      > testing done on the B&M prior to their acquisition. One of the "all time
      > indexes" could give you the issue. It is a great article and I believe over
      > a couple issues.
      >
      > The FJ&G GE was used principally on the Broadalbin, Gloversville Yard
      > assignment. I suspect it was expected to ease the burden on the light rail
      > on the east end. I recall 20 and 21 going to B in the fifties but my
      > recollection is that the 30 was the Broadalbin engine, when possible. I was
      > told the two car limit was on the Hill between Fonda and Johnstown, and it
      > was a chore. The thing had two engines and probably a maintenance
      > nightmare.
      >
      > Paul
      >
      > >From: "Aaron Keller" <aakeller@...>
      > >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@onelist.com
      > >To: <FJGRailroad@onelist.com>
      > >Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] GE 44 Ton Diesels
      > >Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 13:25:29 -0500
      > >
      > >I've heard similar stories. 44-tonners were better with later models, but
      > >this was an earlier model. Even so, none of the 44-tonners were really
      > >designed for what the FJ&G had in mind for it.
      > >
      > >The FJ&G's model received a factory upgrade before FJ&G got it. Things
      > >still broke on it---quite often from what I understand. One time the fan
      > >blew loose and went through the radiator. I also think they were having
      > >problems with various connecting fan belts at a different time. Then they
      > >ordered replacement belts and they didn't fit properly.
      > >
      > >One of the only railroads in New York State that's still running 44-tonners
      > >is the Lowville and Beaver River, and I'm not sure how often that line
      > >operates. It's pretty infrequent from what I understand.
      > >
      > >Most of the shortlines in New York and New England were Alco strongholds
      > >and
      > >you traditionally didn't see many GE or EMD switchers around these parts.
      > >Remember also that Alco was designated to build only switchers during the
      > >War, so their switchers were a little more perfected than were EMD's.
      > >
      > >-Aaron
      > >
      > >-----Original Message-----
      > >From: Saul Kalbfeld <skalbfel@...>
      > >To: FJGRailroad@onelist.com <FJGRailroad@onelist.com>
      > >Date: Sunday, February 27, 2000 12:33 PM
      > >Subject: [FJGRailroad] GE 44 Ton Diesels
      > >
      > >
      > > >From: "Saul Kalbfeld" <skalbfel@...>
      > > >
      > > >Several years ago we were driving down to see my daughter in
      > > >Bloomington,IN. We got diverted off the loop going around Indianapolis
      > > >because of construction. We were stopped at a crossing where a 44
      > > >tonner was pushing a string of coal hoppers into a power plant. Must
      > > >have been at least 30 cars. Sort of like the ant and the rubber tree
      > > >plant. I guess they were ok on level track. In comparison, Bob Bedford
      > > >once told me the FJG 44 tonner had real problems with more than
      > > >2 or 3 cars on the grade between North Main and Kingsboro in
      > > >Gloversville.
      > > >Saul
      > > >
      > > >
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