Locomotive sanders removed

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Locomotive sanders removed

Postby obsessed railfan » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:08 pm

Does anyone know a specific reason why most older locomotives that were originally built with 8 sanders now have their additional trailing sanders removed? Is it purely a maintenance/expense issue that older locomotives in local and secondary service don't require 8 sanders or is there another reason? I have noticed this among Class 1, regional/short line, as well as export locomotives. But it seems many roads that removed the trailing sanders on older locomotives have continued to purchase modern road locomotives with 8 sanders, so it seems that 8 sanders are still preferred on the newest road power.
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