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  • DanRaitz
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    Tom,

    SP used the SD50's as helper sets over Tehachapi Pass. I remember seeing them in all their blackness. Helper sets over Tehachapi always ended up being black, no matter what color they started out as.

    Dan Raitz

    Escondido, CA

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  • tomfassett
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    The SP-DRGW group of SD50s seemed a bit shy when first delivered. Now I seem to see them most in transfer drags or heavy yard switching at Colton. I never did see them all that commonly on the mainline outside of California. They certainly were a rare sight in the Southwest. Anyone else have anything to add? Were they more common elsewhere in mainline service?

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  • 20_unknown
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    CN still have their SD50Fs, and they seem to work fine. I have heard that the 645 in the 50 series was more maintenance intensive than its predecessors.

    B-Dubya out -

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    Modelling the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway in HO

    Inside every GE is an Alco trying to get out...apparently, through the exhaust stack!

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  • tankertoad70
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    The SD50s stretched the 645 to the limit. I have read much about EMD's failure to keep up with GE and throwing the SD50 into the 'fray' as a stopgap until the 710 was developed fully. It seemed most railroads disliked the 3500hp 645, but some really made it work quite nicely. We still see quite a few GP50s on the BNsf up here-abouts.



    Don in Orygun City

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  • ericspacebar
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    Check out Andrew Toppan's production stats list:

    http://www.hazegray.org/rail/product.htm




    Looks like it has a 645F.




    -Eric

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  • AllenGaspers
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    Which engine?

    Which engine did the SD50 have 645 or 710?
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