EMD SD45 series official thread (covers all variations)

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Re: SD45"Elephant ears"

Postby Triplex » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:16 pm

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Re: SD45/F45/SDP45/SDF45/SD45T/SD45X SERIES FORUM

Postby MBTA1052 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:22 pm

I was wondering could a SD45 Series Engine work or be converted to run Passenger train Service???
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Re: SD45/F45/SDP45/SDF45/SD45T/SD45X SERIES FORUM

Postby Jtgshu » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:37 pm

MBTA1052 wrote:I was wondering could a SD45 Series Engine work or be converted to run Passenger train Service???


Sure, I believe it was the Erie Lackawanna, the SP and the Great Northern?, had SDP45 locos. They had an additional section on the back that housed a steam generator for the passenger cars.

Here is a link from Wikipedia that shows a few pics and has lots of info

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_SDP45
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Re: EMD SD45 series official thread (covers all variations)

Postby MEC407 » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:47 pm

On Erie Lackawanna's (and later Conrail's) SD45-2s -- the ones with the extra large fuel tanks -- where were the air tanks located?

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Re: EMD SD45 series official thread (covers all variations)

Postby scottychaos » Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:59 pm

The Erie Lackawanna SDP45's (and SD45-2's) did *not* have steam generators for passenger service..
EL used the longer frame of the SDP45 to gain an extra large fuel tank, for increased running distance and speed.
(they could get all the way across the system, NY to Chicago, without refueling.)

even though the EL units did not have a steam generator, and were not used in passenger service, they will still referred to as SDP45's by EL and Conrail..

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Re: EMD SD45 series official thread (covers all variations)

Postby ELSDP45 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:20 pm

MEC407 wrote:On Erie Lackawanna's (and later Conrail's) SD45-2s -- the ones with the extra large fuel tanks -- where were the air tanks located?

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The main reservoirs are located in the long hood under the radiators, hence the loovers in some of these doors.
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Re: EMD SD45 series official thread (covers all variations)

Postby ELSDP45 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:25 pm

scottychaos wrote:The Erie Lackawanna SDP45's (and SD45-2's) did *not* have steam generators for passenger service..
EL used the longer frame of the SDP45 to gain an extra large fuel tank, for increased running distance and speed.
(they could get all the way across the system, NY to Chicago, without refueling.)

even though the EL units did not have a steam generator, and were not used in passenger service, they will still referred to as SDP45's by EL and Conrail..

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While EL may have referred to all their SDP-45's as such, I believe that EMD referred to EL's second order as SD45M's.
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Re: EMD SD45 series official thread (covers all variations)

Postby MEC407 » Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:41 am

ELSDP45 wrote:The main reservoirs are located in the long hood under the radiators, hence the loovers in some of these doors.


Thanks! Always wondered about that.
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Re: EMD SD45 series official thread (covers all variations)

Postby bozerabc123 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:08 pm

How many SD45's are still in service?
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Re: EMD SD45 series official thread (covers all variations)

Postby MEC407 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:00 pm

It depends on what you consider an SD45. Many (probably hundreds) of SD45s which were rebuilt to SD40-2 specs are still in service. I have no idea how many original, 20-cylinder, unmodified SD45s are still in service, but it has to be a pretty small number.
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Re: EMD SD45 series official thread (covers all variations)

Postby Tadman » Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:07 pm

Can't be more than 10 or 20. The SD45 had a great renaissance from about 1995-2005. WC, MRL, and NYSW all had them and ran the wheels off of 'em, and they all looked good, too. NYSW's are all worn out and gone, MRL's are slowly being retired by ACe's, and CN's first order of business at WC was to sideline their 45's.

This was really an unexpected event, as most class I's other than SP dumped their SD45's in the early 1980's. I grew up along Conrail's ex-NYC line in South Bend, and Conrail always ran the newest power on the market. No slumming it for them. When NS took over, we went back a generation and a half - SD40's and hi-hood geeps started showing up out of history books. They also instituted a run-through with WC every day that featured triple SD45's leading. What a show.
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