Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby tj48 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:27 am

Have any survived?
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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby MEC407 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:51 am

Please see what I wrote on the previous page of this thread. :-)
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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby MEC407 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:34 am

MEC 400 & 406 in northern Maine, 1991:

Video by "fmnut": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMFdYoV2flY

Thanks to railroad.net member "690" for the link!
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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby mwhite » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:29 am

I drove by CAD a couple days ago and couldn't see either U18B, at least not whole. There was a test bed locomotive next to the highway that looked suspiciously like one of them.
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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby Engineer Spike » Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:41 am

I have a good view of CAD because I go by on the train on the Adirondack Sub. Us D&H guys had a few years hiatus from running into St. Luc Yard. Since the return, I have not seen them. They had been parked on a stub track right at the bottom of the fill which CP runs on, right at the bunter where the track ends, against Highway 20.
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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby MEC407 » Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:01 pm

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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby MEC407 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:00 pm

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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby RGlueck » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:51 am

Does anyone have photos of the two locomotives supposedly remaining in Canada?
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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby GP40MC1118 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:04 am

The smart money is on both finally being cut up at CAD last year.

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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby gokeefe » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:15 pm

RGlueck wrote:Does anyone have photos of the two locomotives supposedly remaining in Canada?


Dick,

I did some looking around last year for those engines and came to the same conclusion as GP40MC1118. It's never "for sure" until there's evidence but this appears to be the case.
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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:31 am

Looked a little deeper into my roster notes and found:

Scrapped sometime in 2012 per Canadian Trackside Guide.

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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby b&m 1566 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:46 am

Were those the last two surviving baby boats from the MEC or did the others go to Perkins or something?
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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby GP40MC1118 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:53 am

All MEC U18's were scrapped by Guilford except for the two that went to CAD.

The P&W's sole U18 went to the SRNJ and is up on blocks and derelict near Winslow Jct, NJ.
http://rrpicturearchives.net/locoList.a ... RNJ&mid=65

The Pickens Railroad has 8 ex-SCL Baby Boats:
http://rrpicturearchives.net/locoList.a ... ICK&mid=65

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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby talltim » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:09 pm

So, did anyone find when the nose was replaced? I've has quick look through http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopi ... px?id=7144 but the differences aren't obvious. What I could spot from http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2643067 from 1989 is that the little lights (what are they called) are set further out on 404 than on 406. Is that a signifier of the the U25 nose?
In this pic from 1983 http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3015899 the lights look further in and in this http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=1192359 from 1987 further out so I'm guessing that the nose job was between 1983 and 1987.
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos. ... newsort=12 has far less photos so isn't much help
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Re: Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby MEC407 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:42 pm

talltim wrote:What I could spot from http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2643067 from 1989 is that the little lights (what are they called) are set further out on 404 than on 406. Is that a signifier of the the U25 nose?


They're called classification lights — or class lights — and yes, that is how one can tell the difference between the original U18B nose and the transplanted (and shortened) U25B nose.
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