Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby Allen Hazen » Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:45 am

Silly, silly me... AGAIN! The idea of a super-heavy diesel in granger country seemed incongruous to me, but I have been assured by posters on the Yahoo "LocoNotes" group that IAIS's ES44AC units have all the CSX options. Including tipping the scales at 432,000 pounds.

(What sorts of household appliances did GE make? These aren't "toasters," they're "irons," and Iowa is about to be pressed flat. Flatter.)
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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby MEC407 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:23 pm

Allen Hazen wrote:These aren't "toasters," they're "irons," and Iowa is about to be pressed flat. Flatter.)


Ha! Now that's a good one! :-D

(Just watch out... the steam fans will get all uppity... :wink: )
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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby GLC 392 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:23 pm

with these new Gevo's have the sidlined any engines yet such as the MLW's?
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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby MEC407 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:30 pm

The MLWs have been gone for a while now.
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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby MEC407 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:03 am

Iowa Interstate is getting two more ES44ACs:

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/n ... p?id=21411
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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby SSW9389 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:07 am

And one of them will be painted in a Rock Island Heritage scheme!

MEC407 wrote:Iowa Interstate is getting two more ES44ACs:

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/n ... p?id=21411
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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby tj48 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:36 pm

SSW9389 wrote:And one of them will be painted in a Rock Island Heritage scheme!

MEC407 wrote:Iowa Interstate is getting two more ES44ACs:

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/n ... p?id=21411


And here she is! http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 25&nseq=24
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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby MEC407 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:42 pm

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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby Allen Hazen » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:10 am

A classy looking locomotive! And that station building is one of the most memorable and recognizable anywhere: it's been something like a decade since I last rode Amtrak's Southwest Chief through Joliet, but I recognized the location immediately. All told, a very, very good photo: thanks for linking the image.
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So, are there any other short-lines/regionals that could be tempted into buying new locomotives and painting them in the colors of the dear departed? (Union Pacific's "inspired by" color schemes on its memorial units don't count... and besides, they painted the wrong brand of locomotive!) Can someone hypnotize the head of P.R. at CSX into thinking a series of locomotives painted to memorialize the companies that were merged into CSX would be a GOOD IDEA? I'd love to see an ES44 going through Berea Ohio in New York Central lightening stripes! Or one on the Thomas Viaduct in full B&O regalia.
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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby MEC407 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:55 am

Sounds like a good idea to me, Allen. Shall we start a letter writing campaign? :-D

I'd like to see one in Atlantic Coast Line "Champion" livery (like this: http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPictur ... id=1541563)

Then again, there are probably a few folks in MBTA Commuter Rail territory who would be confused and claim it was a copy of their livery. :wink:
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Re: Iowa Interstate RR orders ES44ACs

Postby tj48 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:43 am

IAIS 513 in service with a face full of snow:

http://railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=313740&nseq=3
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