Posts Tagged ‘EMD E units’

A New York Central E7A in Painesville

July 30, 2020

We’re in Painesville along the New York Central — or is is Penn Central now? — sometime in the time frame of 1967 to 1969.

When this image was made, it sure looked like a New York Central scene with EMD E7A No. 4030 leading a train.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Amtrak’s Westbound Broadway Limited in 1978

November 30, 2019

Although Amtrak’s Broadway Limited was assigned new SDP40F locomotives in the mid 1970s, but that assignment proved to be relatively short lived.

The units became embroiled in a controversy over whether they were derailment prone after being implicated in several derailments.

Some railroads banned the units whiles others imposed speed restrictions on them on certain types of curves.

By the late 1970s Amtrak had replaced most of the SDP40Fs on its long-distance eastern trains with E units.

Later these trains began receiving F40PH locomotives although for a time there were still locomotives with steam generators in the motive power consist to provide steam for heating and cooling.

Starting in late 1979 equipment with head-end power capability came onboard, starting with the Lake Shore Limited. Once Heritage Fleet equipment was permanently assigned to eastern long-distance trains the last of the E units with steam generators in revenue service was retired from long-distance service.

But all of that was a few years down the road on June 3, 1978, when Bob Farkas caught a tardy westbound Broadway Limited in Wooster, Ohio, at Prairie Lane.

His notes from that date indicate that the third unit might have been the first E unit painted for Amtrak.

Lead E8A No. 447 should feel right at home on these rails. It was built in May 1952 as Pennsylvania Railroad No. 5790A.

During the Penn Central era it carried roster number 4250 and was initially assigned Amtrak roster number 277.

It was renumbered to 447 in November 1975 after being rebuilt in March 1974, which was just before the second order of SDP40Fs began rolling out of the EMD shops in LaGrange, Illinois.

Amtrak retired No. 447 in July 1981 along with several other rebuilt E units as they by then had become surplus as F40s and Heritage Fleet equipment had become the norm on eastern long-distance trains such as the Broadway Limited.

Railroading as it Once Was: Just Another Day on the Erie Lackawanna in Binghamton, New York

September 1, 2016

EL units

It’s just another day at the office for this Erie Lackawanna crew member as he rides the power back to his train in Binghamton, New York.

The local train buffs were all over that set of Es that had come in earlier on PB100 as it was pretty rare for sets of those to make it that far east by 1975.

The 810, a former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western unit, was only a few hundred feet from the home rails it used to haul the likes of the Phoebe Snow on.

The C-425 and the two U-25-Bs were bought new by the EL in the early ‘60s.

Conspicuously absent are things like ditch lights on the Alco and a green high visibility vest on the trainman. Sometimes change is in the small details.

The 2461 is still with us today as Delaware-Lackawanna 2461. Photo scanned from a Kodacolor print negative.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee