Locomotive cabs

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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby BobLI » Wed May 15, 2013 8:24 am

NS must not have liked the desktop style cab. I have read that engineers hated that style. Can any one comment who has used desktop vs traditional style?
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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby gp9rm4108 » Fri May 17, 2013 6:07 pm

Desktop control stands suck.

Straight up. No room for your legs underneath because of the air brake system.
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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby Desertdweller » Fri May 24, 2013 1:48 pm

I've run a lot of locomotives of both types.

I like the desktop style better.

You are sitting facing straight ahead.

Brake controls are located where they are handy to the right hand (may be awkward for left-handed engineers).

Speedometer and ammeter are directly ahead. On older designs, the speedometer is hung in a location that looks like it was an afterthought.

No levers projecting at you to bang knees or head on. Much safer in an accident.

A flat work surface in front of you, where you can keep your paperwork.

A hole to put your coffee cup in.

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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby scharnhorst » Fri May 24, 2013 2:06 pm

Here is a rare treat the control stand in Sparry Rail Service Car 125 most of the older converted Doodle Bugs have the same set up.
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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby Desertdweller » Sun May 26, 2013 1:51 pm

Scharnhorst,

That is a nice picture. The wood paneling in the cab is a nice touch, something I did not expect to see.

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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby scharnhorst » Sun May 26, 2013 6:49 pm

all of the order Sperry cars are all like this the living areas even have linoleum floors in them.
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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby MEC407 » Thu May 30, 2013 10:13 pm

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Re: Locomotive cabs

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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby Desertdweller » Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:59 pm

See the little drawer on the left, below the phone handset?

If you turn the little brass handle on it, and pull the drawer out, you will find a hole in the drawer you can put your coffee cup in.

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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby MEC407 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:43 am

Clever!
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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby Engineer Spike » Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:36 pm

Those cup holders are too shallow. One good low joint, and the drink goes flying. We usually keep the inspection sheet booklets in the drawer.
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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby gp9rm4108 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:32 pm

A new to CN C40-8. A few things to point out. CN has changed the seats, changed the positioning of the seats on the conductor's side, added a speaker on the conductor's side, added an overhead light, installed the hotplate and microwave, installed modern electronics above the fridge and installed the camera. You now have storage space under the microwave and under the heater in the space opposite the fridge. Behind the door in the nose is of course, the toilet.


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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby Engineer Spike » Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:49 am

I have had a couple of the ex UP C40-8s. They had electronic air brakes. Was the conversion done by UP, or CN?
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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby gp9rm4108 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:47 pm

CN did that. That engine you were on probably had the DP software installed on it.
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Re: Locomotive cabs

Postby scharnhorst » Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:22 pm

Anyone have photos of the inside of an SD45??
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