|Revised: 24 August 2019
|I took a picture of both builders plates from the two B&M F-7A's at the Conway Scenic Railway and noticed
the numbers are different from those on your web site. (From Chuck M.)
The best way to confirm the b/n data is to check the frame number, which EMD stamped on the engineer's side at the rear of the locomotive frame.
With regard to B&M 4268, Ed in Kentucky writes:
|I've recently taken an interest in the MRS-1 (Military Road-Switcher) built by EMD (#1808-1820) and GE/Alco (2041-2123) and was surprised to read on a couple of on-line sources that the MRS-1 model never served overseas during the Korean War (1950-1953) even though some had been built in 1952. (From R. Craig)||
EMD-built MRS-1s #1810 and 1811 arrived in Korea in 1952 and were assigned to the 716th
Military Railroad Battalion. During the war, they were instrumental in hauling men, materiel
and supplies, as well as handling hospital trains. Their replacements in 1954 were GE/Alco-built
MRS-1s #B2080 and B2081. The GE/Alcos returned to the U.S. in 1956. The Bulk of the MRS-1's
were put into storage and then sent to various Army posts, Navy bases or sold off.
Only two other MRS-1s worked beyond North American shores; #2114 and 2099 were sold to the Urugauay Railroad and renumbered 1611 and 1612.
|Correspondence from U.S. Army Transportation Corps, Fort Eustis, VA; 18 March 2019|
|What was the cost differential between an Alco FA-1 and EMD F7A? (From Phil E.)||
|Have train images ever been featured on U.S. Currency? (From Ron S.)||
No evidence could be found to suggest that the U.S. Mint ever featured a train image on currency. However, during the early to mid
1800s, several U.S. banks issued notes, certificates and stocks with images of Steam-powered trains.
Contrastingly, an image of VIA Rail F40PH-2 #6403 recently appeared on Canada's new $10 Bill.
From Craig W. comes this important correction: "Assuming that "currency" includes coins (in the common definition it does, but some use it to just refer to bills), then there have been trains on US currency - the 2007 Utah quarter: http://www.usmint.gov/historianscorner/?action=coinDetail&id=29154.
|Works & Words (an Intetnet Website)|
|What was the purchase price of a new PA-1 and/or PB-1?? (From Dylan R.)||There was not much of a price differential between the PA and PB models. A new PA-1 could be purchased for $187,000. The mechanical innards of the two locomotives were quite similar. Even though the PB lacked a cab, there was a hostler's station (with control stand) in the PB. That particular feature helped offset any significant cost difference.||PA: Alco's Glamour Girl by Andy Romano|
|What were the weights (dry) of prime movers used in first and second generation locomotives? (From Don B.)||
Alco Power Plants
Baldwin Power Plants
EMD Power Plants
Fairbanks-Morse Power Plants
General Electric Power Plants
Locomotive Encyclopedia (by Simmons-Boardman Publishing, 15th Edition)
Railroad Locomotive (Will Davis & David Davis Internet Blog)
General Electric Transportation Brochure
Note: We are actively seeking sources to complete data table
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