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BQ23-7

Postby b&m 1566 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:22 am

I heard someone talking about these engines and I can't say that I have ever seen one. Does anybody have some information on them? The person I was talking to said they were built in 1978 – 1979. Are there any pictures of these engine and are they still around?
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Postby DutchRailnut » Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:37 am

They are all scrapped, and had a face only a mother could love.

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Postby Otto Vondrak » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:53 am

You can own an HO scale one... Bachmann made them... they are available on eBay from time to time...

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Postby dash7 » Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:24 am

Otto, i loved the bq's as they are pre safty cab bordem and in a world of spartan cabs(then) they were refreshing,also i think they had personality,just dont tell those poor conductors who were forced to sit in a 2x2 foot space.anyhooow gonna miss em.Oh and Dutch isnt beauty in the eye of the beholder? :-D dash7
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Postby D.Carleton » Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:35 pm

Back in the day whilst visiting Baldwin Yard (Jacksonville), I happened to photograph a BQ23-7 parked cab to cab with a then new DASH 8-40CW. It was the BQ getting the funny looks from the road crews walking from the yard tracks to the office.
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Postby Sir Ray » Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:00 pm

Otto Vondrak wrote:You can own an HO scale one... Bachmann made them... they are available on eBay from time to time..

And as a HO scale modeler living through that time, I can assure you that plenty of other contemporary modelers were preplexed and peeved that Bachmann chose that model (with a handful [10?] of prototype units) instead of a regular B23-7 (or other standard -7 series) which were around in decent numbers - definitely a 'What Were They Thinking' moment (I still don't know what were they thinking, to tell the truth - I don't recall these BQ models being big sellers).
Alas, it took into the 1990s for the RailPower GE shells to come around, and even later for RTR GEs B23-7 to appear - Grrr :(
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Postby MEC407 » Fri Aug 24, 2007 11:07 am

Weird. There were 160+ U18Bs built and none of the model manufacturers thought there'd be any point in making one in HO or N... and yet one of them decided there was a market for the BQ?! Truly bizarre.
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Kitbashed

Postby amtrakhogger » Fri Aug 24, 2007 11:20 am

It looks like GE kitbashed an E60 cab onto a B23-7 unit.
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Postby Allen Hazen » Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:39 pm

"It looks like GE kitbashed an E60 cab onto a B23-7 unit."

Not surprising: GE's locomotive designers got two requests for a box-cab cab design a few years apart. Look at the various GE electric and turbine locomotives of the 1950s: there are notable similarities of cab styling there, too. ... As for details, it's not (too bad for anyone who wants to kitbash a model!) a perfect match. The front windows look more like those on the 1982-1983 E60C-2 built for the Nacionales de Mexico than like those on the earlier BM&LP and Amtrak E60.
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Re: BQ23-7

Postby atsf sp » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:54 pm

Did any ever make it into the CSX era?
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Re: BQ23-7

Postby MEC407 » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:23 pm

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Re: BQ23-7

Postby D.Carleton » Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:54 am

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Re: BQ23-7

Postby tomjohn » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:11 am

If anyone would like drawings of this locomotive I have them,I am willing to share them .

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Re: BQ23-7

Postby kalvingp30fan » Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:35 am

I thought CSX made it so they couldnt lead?
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Postby v8interceptor » Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:44 am

MEC407 wrote:Weird. There were 160+ U18Bs built and none of the model manufacturers thought there'd be any point in making one in HO or N... and yet one of them decided there was a market for the BQ?! Truly bizarre.

Lionel offered a U18B as part of their HO line (yep, they did build HO stuff at one point) around the late 70's/ early 80's....I seem to recall hearing that their HO locos were not very well made...IIRC, some modelers "repowered" the Lionels by mounting the body shells on cut down Athearn frames..
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