Home Open Account Help 143 users online

Western Railroad Discussion > Trackmobile at GATX (SoCal)


Date: 02/28/24 21:05
Trackmobile at GATX (SoCal)
Author: cchan006

Sometimes, locomotive noises from the GATX facility next to West Colton Yard is a pleasant distraction when I'm waiting for action on UP's Yuma Sub. In 2015, I documented GMTX 721, an EMD NW2 switcher doing work there:

https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,3687473

For those curious, "GATX" evolved from the name General American Tank Car Corp. --> General American Transportation Corp. --> GATX Rail Corporation.

GATX has had the "low emissions" MP14B switcher, GMTX 7000 for several years already. Usually, I see that working on weekdays. Sometimes, I see a Trackmobile parked, but I hadn't had a chance to record video of it working until recently.

In the video, I record the green GMTX 7000 running "light engines" and that was last July (2023), first clip. Second clip has the Trackmobile pulling a string of cars out of the workshop area, recorded this month. I couldn't spot the GMTX 7000 recently, so I wonder if it's being serviced?

That's it for the quick report.



You must be a registered subscriber to watch videos. Join Today!




Date: 02/28/24 22:56
Re: Trackmobile at GATX (SoCal)
Author: GP25

Did you get a close look at that green switcher unit?

Jerry Martin
Los Angeles, CA
Central Coast Railroad Festival



Date: 02/29/24 07:06
Re: Trackmobile at GATX (SoCal)
Author: longliveSP

Thanks for posting. I have been inside the plant a couple of times in the 90's and it is always interesting to see what you find lurking inside.



Date: 02/29/24 07:47
Re: Trackmobile at GATX (SoCal)
Author: cchan006

GP25 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Did you get a close look at that green switcher
> unit?

Couldn't find it during my recent trip to SoCal this month. In the link above from 2015, I posted a shot of it parked and broken.

More recent closer look from oyw (2023) and erielackawanna (2020):

https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,5609233
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,5026204



Date: 03/01/24 08:56
Re: Trackmobile at GATX (SoCal)
Author: PHall

I've never actually seen the green unit run. I usually see it parked out of the way with tarps over the radiator openings and miscellanous stuff on the walkways.



[ Share Thread on Facebook ] [ Search ] [ Start a New Thread ] [ Back to Thread List ] [ <Newer ] [ Older> ] 
Page created in 0.0382 seconds