Lima diesel sounds?

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Lima diesel sounds?

Post by trainspot » Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:28 pm

Anyone on the list know of a good video or audio file of a Lima diesel
working? Or anyone visit Whitewater Valley RR?
I'd really like to hear one sometime! Thanks!

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Lima ngine Sounds

Post by werick » Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:35 pm

Didn't a Lima Diesel use the same DeLavigne Engine as the Baldwins?

If so, try this sight. I used the 301 at idle video sound to program my digitrax sound decoder for a VO1000. Granted, it's not a 608. But a 608 and a 606 sound pretty similar.

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Post by Allen Hazen » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:17 am

Alas, it's not so simple. Lima diesels used Hamilton engines, similar to those used in re-powering many gas-electric cars: a very different design from the De La Vergne.
Interestingly, each of the Big Three steam builders took over or merged with another company to get access to diesel technolgy so they could enter the diesel locomotive business: Alco took over McIntosh & Seymour (of Auburn, NY, so at least in the same state as Schenectady) in 1929, Baldwin bought De La Vergne (which had initially had facilities in New York but by that time was a Philadelphia area company) in 1931 (and moved its operations into the -- underutilized? -- Eddystone complex), and Lima, the last of the Big 3 to try to enter the diesel locomotive market, merged after WW II with the General Equipment Co. of Hamilton, Ohio. ... Diesel engine design and building was apparently a specialized enough technology and industry that it was seen as easier to buy a specialist company than to develop your own engine line in-house: Even General Motors bought Winton, and GE, when it decided to go into serious heavy-locomotive building, bought a design from, and initially dubcontracted engine construction to, Cooper-Bessemer!

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