C&NW PAs

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C&NW PAs

Postby dogjaws » Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:09 pm

If the C&NW had Alco PAs what would the number series most likely be?
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Re: C&NW PAs

Postby bones » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:34 am

They never had PA's, but they did have a DL109.
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Re: C&NW PAs

Postby scottychaos » Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:20 pm

Well, taking a look at the CNW roster:

http://utahrails.net/cnw/cnw-number-index.php

1940's and 50's passenger diesels are all in the low 5,000 series.
(all EMD except for the lone DL-109)

EMD FT freight units go up to the 5400 series..

Looks like either 5100 or 5500 series would make the most sense for late 40's Alco PA's..
(before or after the EMD FT's)

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Re: C&NW PAs

Postby wjstix » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:59 am

I wonder if the numbers were tied to horsepower?? Most railroads originally bought FT's as A-B+B-A sets, totalling 5400 HP (1350 HP per unit). I know some railroads did use HP to determine diesel numbering.
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Re: C&NW PAs

Postby Desertdweller » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:27 pm

They did have some FA-1's.

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