More OCS F-Units

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More OCS F-Units

Postby Tadman » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:18 pm

According to Canadian Railway Observations' facebook page, NS just picked up four more ex-CN F-units from NRE. Are these to be used as backup power for the current units?
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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby Espee9180 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:17 pm

Couple of rumors:

1) Part mules for the existing F-units.
2) Backup power for the OCS.
3) Diesel backup / HEP for steam program.

I'm betting on #3 for the most possible use.
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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby MEC407 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:36 am

Allegedly NS is buying this one as well: http://eternalflame1891.deviantart.com/ ... -345946009

Assuming these aren't just parts units, it sounds like NS will have the largest fleet of operable/in-service F-units in North America by the time all is said and done. Who woulda thunk it?! (By "F-units" I mean classic Fs, not F40s, F59s, etc)
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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby D.Carleton » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:10 pm

It's been reported at other sources that NS has acquired three more F-units from NRE: F7As built for C&NW and CN, F7B from CP. This would give NS seven F-units from five railroads (B&O, CGW, C&NW, CP & CN) and two builders (EMD & GMD).
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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby Missyg24 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:36 am

Heard NS bought an old CN unit, sitting in Illinois last i knew. Still in its faded CN paint.
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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby SouthernRailway » Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:38 pm

I assume that NS totally re-does the F units, with just the shell remaining? E.g., the motors, controls, etc. are all brand-new?

E and F units from the '40s and '50s are the best-looking locomotives, in my view; it would be interesting if a current locomotive builder would just make new locomotives in that style.
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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby MEC407 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:52 pm

SouthernRailway wrote:I assume that NS totally re-does the F units, with just the shell remaining? E.g., the motors, controls, etc. are all brand-new?


This page explains what kinds of repairs/upgrades/modifications they've done with their existing Fs: http://www.altoonaworks.info/rebuilds/ns_funits.html
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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby D.Carleton » Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:19 am

The F7B, former CP 1019, has made it to Altoona. Ironic that the unit without a cab (nor a prime mover for that matter) is the first to arrive.
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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby D.Carleton » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:28 am

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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby D.Carleton » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:58 pm

For the record the last of the "new" F-units, the former C&NW 407, is now in Altoona. We shall see what happens next.
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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby SouthernRailway » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:30 pm

Any chance the NS business train/office car special will be around the Northeast or the Carolinas this year, with the schedule known in advance? What a beautiful train!

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Re: More OCS F-Units

Postby Scotty Burkhardt » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:19 am

Been a while, what (if anything) is happening to the 407, 9177, & 1019?
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