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Post by dogjaws »

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

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Re: C&NW PAs

Post by bones »

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

Post by scottychaos »

Well, taking a look at the CNW roster:


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

Post by wjstix »

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

Post by Desertdweller »

They did have some FA-1's.


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