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Electro-Motive is receiving orders for its new GP30 hood on the heels of the 2250 h.p. B-B's debut. Burlington is taking 30 and Reading wants 20.. Soo is buying two Alco DL-640 low-nose 2400 h.p. B-B units for $353,000 plus trade-in value of two 12-year-old Alcos; delivery will be in mid-March. UPSTAIRS: Norfolk & Western joined C&O by buying an air-borne business car; N&W has been flying a secondhand reconditioned Convair since April 1960. Plane is based in Roanoke, serviced by Piedmont Airlines. BY SIGNAL INDICATION: Southern Pacific is installing C.T.C. from Bakersfield north to Fresno, Calif., 102 miles. Project, slated for completion in August, will include 11 1.6-mile sidings and 2 miles of double track out of Bakersfield. REALLY SAFE: In the past 10 years (ended November 12) Pullman sleeping and parlor cars have carried almost 92 million passengers (more than 57.6 billion passenger-miles) without a single fatality. TOFC: Trailer Train has ordered 324 more long flats to boost its piggyback pool to 8928 cars. . . . TOFC loadings for the first 46 weeks of last year were running 5.6 per cent ahead of 1960 and 41.5 per cent ahead of 1959. A total of 58 class 1 roads now piggyback vs. 50 two years ago. STILL INTACT: By paying 25 cents a share two days after Christmas, Pennsy ran its unmatched dividend record to 114 consecutive years. AH, THOSE FRENCH: French National Railroads has been speeding again. Tests of a new dual-voltage (25,000 volts, 50 cycles and 15,000 volts, 16 2/3 cycles) electric, the 82-ton BB20103, included a start-to-stop run of 67 miles at an average of 100 mph, with 37 miles taken at between 115 and 118 mph. SHUT DOWN: American Car & Foundry will close its Berwick (Pa.) freight-car plant in October 1962. Formerly Jackson & Woodin, Berwick shop began car construction in 1861, helped form ACF in 1899, built the first steel subway car, and produced over 15,000 tanks in World War II. DONATED: Chesapeake & Ohio has given away its 14th steam engine--2-8-4 2789 (Alco 1947) to a park in Peru, Ind.; and St. Louis' National Museum of Transport is getting Bessemer & Lake Erie's last 2-10-4. Maine Central 4-6-2 470, preserved in front of the Waterville (Me.) depot since 1954, has been given to the city and will be nudged 100 feet to a traffic loop formed by a bridge and underpass, which are part of a gradecrossing elimination project that calls for demolition of station.
3 seconds late. The average "minutes late" arrival for an entire week in November was only 14 seconds, and when a thick fog blanketed the city one Friday evening the electrics continued running when other traffic was virtually brought to a halt.
PIONEER REBUILT: One form of traction which has not met with success in Europe has been the gas-turbine. The pioneer gasturbine built in Switzerland by Brown Boveri entered service on the Federal Railways in 1941. It was tried out on a variety of routes on light and medium weight trains and later went on loan for a period to the French Railroads and the German Railways. It was found to be unsuitable for Swiss conditions where the lack of low-cost oil and short hauls over steeply graded lines made it an unsatisfactory proposition. In 1954 the turbine was damaged and rather than carry out extensive repairs the decision was made to rebuild it into a multicurrent electric locomotive.
Originally the rebuild was to have provided useful experience prior to the completion of the multicurrent TEE trains. As it turned out, the locomotive was completed after the TEE sets were in full operation. A considerable amount of the mechanical equipment has been retained
the chassis, trucks, and traction motors, for example. New cabs, like those on the Swiss 6000 h.p. C-C Ae 6/6 units, were fitted. The electrical installation was built as a self-contained block and choice of voltage is, as on the TEE's, completely automatic; the driver merely presses a button. The locomotive will operate on the Swiss Federal's 15,000 v. 16 2/3-cycles A.C. or French 25,000 v. 50-cycles A.C. or 1500 v. D.C. For singlephase operation a transformer with a high-voltage tapchanger is provided which feeds four bridge-connected banks of silicon rectifiers.
As a multifrequency electric, the ex-gasturbine weighs 88 tons, has a 1-hour rating of 2300 h.p. and a maximum speed of 68 mph.
engine and tender length is 41' 3". Designed for operating on fairly level terrain in North Sumatra, these units have 24" x 28" cylinders and 10,000 pounds of tractive effort. The same Japanese builder is now in the process of erecting four mountain-fighting 0-4-4-2T's of the similar 2' 51⁄2" gauge. These are slated for service on steep grades in Sumatra and are due for delivery shortly after the new year. Complete with cylinder brakes and superheating, the Mallets weigh 34 tons in working order (compared with 191⁄2 for the 2-6-0's) and boast 17,500 pounds of tractive effort. With Walschaerts valve gear and 341⁄2 in. drivers, the Mallets have 17" x 271⁄2" high-pressure and 251⁄2" x 271⁄2" low-pressure cylinders. Japanese rolling stock men have been puzzled by these orders for wood-burning locomotives since the industry had all but dismissed the iron horse as a thing of the past. A greater surprise may yet be in store, however. Indonesia is asking bids on meter-gauge rack railway steam engines for Java!
FIVE YEARS-300 DIESELS: India has launched a new five-year plan calling for the importing of a total of 300 diesel units. During the first year 60 meter-gauge and 40 broad-gauge diesel-electrics will be ordered from the U.S.A. Seven diesel switchers are also to be ordered, but for these India is turning to West Germany.
THAILAND BID: The State Railways of Thailand is asking bids on three 3' 6"gauge "royal saloon" cars from the U. S. Similar cars, in use by Thailand's royal family, were built in Japan by Kinki Rolling Stock Manufacturing Company (Kinki Sharyo).
Bids have also been invited for 664 freight cars from the U. S.
HERE AND THERE: Pakistan has instituted a second five-year plan. Of the 341 million dollars to be spent, more than half will go for new rolling stock. . . . In Japan a private electric railway company has taken delivery of some local interurban cars (street-running and private-right-ofway) with sides strongly resembling JNR's Kodama and ends designed to resemble the national carrier's newest diesel rail cars. . . . In Australia a double bedroom is called a "Twinette Cabin." A roomette, however, goes by that name "down under" just as in Japan and the U. S. . . . In the Philippines the sugar rush is on, traffic is booming, and steam power is once again very much in evidence. Except for wornout units no steam engines are being scrapped at present.
Railroad and Wadley Southern Railway in
along the Louisville & Wadley, however, SOUNDS OF
had meanwhile worked up their own take-
tilizer & Gin Company bought the 10-mile RAILROADING
line for $25,279 and is operating it as
WHAT, ANOTHER ONE?: Texas, which
VANISHING AMERICANS: Kansas City, Kaw Valley Railroad, 15-mile Kansas interurban [page 22, April 1961 TRAINS], has ceased operations after turning over switching tracks at its Bonner Springs and Kansas City terminals to other railroads. At the close of World War II the plains states still had a surprising number of electric lines, but with KCKV gone, freight electrics in the broad expanse between the Mississippi and the Rockies can now be
counted on the fingers of one hand. Three
Iowa common carriers still use juice:
Charles City Western Railway, Southern
Iowa Railway, and Iowa Terminal Rail-
MAN AND SHORT LINE: In 1960 Maryland
- that he could probably keep the 38-mile road going if shippers would co-operate. Ma & Pa has now completed a one-year trial period of operation ordered by the I.C.C., and latest word is that the York
HORT LINES (Pa.) short line has just made expenses
WILLIAM S. YOUNG
WRONG RAILROAD, RIGHT IDEA: When Central of Georgia filed for abandonment of its interconnecting Louisville & Wadley
in recent months and has hopes of in-
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