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Jan 18, 2022

The reincarnation of a class B1 locomotive

Remanufactured B1
Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

The result of stripping a 93 year old class B locomotive down to the carbody and rebuilding it as a modern locomotive. (originally 3600HP 3kvdc, now 8000 HP multisystem (3kvdc, 25kvac, 12.5kvac, 12kvac) for operations on the PV&T’s DC and Amtrak’s AC NE Corridor.

Jan 14, 2022

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Counting sheep

It’s friday night and time for Dust Mite to sneak onto the bed and lie in wait.

Jan 11, 2022

Mavis peers out the window

Mavis looks out the front window

Taking advantage of a sunny(ish) day


A triple-mode locomotive for Amtrak’s Adirondack

Triple-mode locomotives for Amtrak's Adirondack
Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

Third rail shoes for running into Penn Station (the Empire Connection was re-electrified when Amtrak shifted from GCT), diesel for the gap between Harmon & Albany, and a pan for the overhead wire between Albany & Montréal.

Jan 10, 2022

A dual-mode locomotive for the Agence métropolitaine de transport

A dual-mode locomotive for the Agence métropolitaine de transport
Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

In ex-works state, equipped with a PV&T-style horn for testing on the MTRR & LT&L before being handed over to the AMT.

Jan 08, 2022

How the PV&T gets to Washington

Tri-voltage locomotive
Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

A multi-system locomotive (the 3 NE corridor voltages, 3kvdc for the PV&T, 750vdc for Grand Central Station (and the east & north river tunnels if the overhead if shut off) producing 7800(AC)/7200(3k), 6500(750) HP in a package slightly shorter than an E9. And geared for 150 mph, though it’s only cleared for 120mph on the NEC and only reaches 150mph occasionally on the north end of the D&H line to Montréal.

Jan 07, 2022

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Kitbashing mite

Making plans to reengine a rf-16!


Power for the Alouette

Power for the Alouette
Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

Amtrak #954, one of two class K2 engines built for Amtrak’s rebirth of the old B&M/CPR day train from Boston to Montréal. Amtrak ran Twinkies for about 6 years after the train was introduced in 1985, but the host railroad – the PV&T, in case you were wondering – provided these units so that it wouldn’t have to maintain diesel infrastructure on the electrified line the trains run on.

The K2 is an officially single-ended engine – the rear cab has been replaced with a HEP unit, the carbody is extended to the full length of the unit, and it’s geared for 120mph – but has the same horsepower as the regular freight class K units.

Plus it’s got a very F-unit-looking snoot, which makes the railfans happy.

Jan 02, 2022

Being a minority locomotive builder doesn’t stop ILW’s dreams of superpower

Tier 4 test machine
Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

… Tier 4F superpower, even; this machine (operating on the BAR’s ex-CP/CAR line through northern Maine) has a maximally horsepowered QSK95 stuffed under the hood, plus a whole raft of emissions control gear to keep the exhaust from being overly disgusting.

Jan 01, 2022

More Canadian Content™

VIA (second) 1800
Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

VIA Rail #1800, an ILW RSC51-E637F, which was built from the carcass of E8 #1898 (ex CP #1800) when VIA wanted to see if the big 251s in the LRCs would work well in a conventional heavyweight passenger motor. THe E637Fs were built with sculpted (at least according to ILW, which was very fond of prismatic cabs) cabs inspired by the GE UM20B demonstrators from the 1950s, and Draper Taper cutouts behind the cab for better visibility when going backwards. Like the LRCs, these locomotives used 251F/16s to get 3700 HP (and, unlike the LRCs, an automobile-sized high speed Cummins diesel to provide 400HP of HEP for station stops.)

#1800, and comrade #1802 (ex 1899) were successful enough so that VIA ordered 4 more E637Fs (actually E637F-2s, because 1800 & 1802 were the only E unit carcasses available at order time, so the new units came with Iberville-built frames & 3-axle Flexicoil trucks) and the six of them served in Atlantic Canada close to the ILW plant & freight railroads that had a passing familiarity with 251s.

They served until the Covid-19 plague — they were retired in 2020 (and sold to the BAR as freight engines) when passenger numbers plummeted (& VIA purchased Siemens Chargers for high speed rail, which pushed a bunch of GE Twinkies onto long-haul passenger routes.)

Dec 31, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Tinsel Mite

Dust Mite & a strand of the Bob Hope tinsel that was passed down from my father to me.

Dec 29, 2021

New power for the Aroostook Valley

AVR 1
Based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

ILW RSX11-E618 (GP9 frame+generator, E9 trucks, 251B/12 prime mover) #1, which replaced the AVR’s two elderly GE 44-tonners in 1990 (financed by the PV&T, which is a large part of why it’s an ILW locomotive instead of a six-axle GMD1) during the PV&T’s (successful) attempt to win back the potato farmers who had been scared away by the 1969 Selkirk Yard disaster.

Dec 24, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Builder's plate Mite

Dust Mite poses with an eBay find; a blank Alco builder’s plate from the 1960s (either that or a reproduction blank.) If it’s a real plate, I suspect it was liberated after Worthington shut the works down and left them as a large attractive nuisance until GE leased them for some of their remanufacturing work.

Dec 23, 2021

Little Fluffy Clouds

Fast moving fluffy clouds @ starbucks

A band of rain creeps up towards the Portland area.

Dec 17, 2021

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Bucket Mite

Dust Mite is in a nice cozy bucket, at least until I fire up the torch next time.

Dec 15, 2021

Not actually a crocodile

A giant steeplecab
Very vaguely based on profiles drawn by Joshua Moldover, via The Railroad Paint Shop and yours truly @ my dining room table

MTRR #719 – one of the two locomotives made from parts from scrapped E60CP/DC #454 – is the ultimate DC-drivetrained locomotive on the PV&T. The power roadmap for the PV&T is only AC drivetrains (except for the overhead wire, of course; reenergising 2000 miles of 3000 vdc overhead to AC would cost an eyewateringly large amount of money) so the paint shop went out of their way to paint it in the old (post-ww2) GN-inspired orange+gold+green livery as a suitably classy bookend to the series of DC drive locomotives that started 85 years earlier with class A #201 (still in service.)

Dec 13, 2021

Fender day

New fender day

“New” (from a IBS'es free pile) VO fenders on the traditional randonneuse, so I can ride it without getting covered in road filth during the ~5 months in the year where it’s always raining in Portland.

Dec 11, 2021

Friday(ish) Dust Mite Blogging

Time waits for no mite

Tch! Look at the time! Let’s just setenv TZ=HST and call it good.

Dec 07, 2021

Every day is the correct day to post rsc2m photos

578, 579, and an unidentified F unit at the roundhouse in North La Crosse

578 & 579 in North La Crosse – part of a batch of 7 rsc2m slides I just scanned in.

Dec 05, 2021

It’s a sunny day, so it’s time to do some trainspotting

Accelerating (if only slightly) out of the curve

Dec 04, 2021

Whoops

Whoops

The aftermath of a car losing control on 17th; it spun, went off the road, then rammed something that buckled the trunk and catapulted the offending vehicle up onto the roof of the Goodwill Donation Center?

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