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Date: 03/09/18 07:14
BB: C&S train w/D&RGW ABBA F's 1971
Author: valmont

Bruce Black caught this C&S train on a cold looking Feb. 6, 1971. It was led by C&S SD9 #837, followed by an ABBA set of Grande F's and another C&S SD9 heading north through Highland, CO.




Date: 03/09/18 07:18
Re: BB: C&S train w/D&RGW ABBA F's 1971
Author: YukonYeti

Awesome VJP! Seems like “the day before yesterday.”

YY



Date: 03/09/18 08:36
Re: BB: C&S train w/D&RGW ABBA F's 1971
Author: Korigaoka1811

Late SD9s had kind of a "hammerhead" look to them to me. The long hood behind the cab is lower than the short hood. I think EMD was using the same long hood design on SD9s and SD24s at that time. SD24s needed that depressed long hood for air-tanks and the SD9s did not.

Not a profound observation but just a random thought about old SDs on a slow Friday morning . . .

And the picture is great!

John



Date: 03/09/18 10:02
Re: BB: C&S train w/D&RGW ABBA F's 1971
Author: tbraun

The "hammerhead" look is due to EMD standardizing the cab and short hood parts between the SD and GP lines. SD7 and early SD9 units have unique cab and short hood assemblies which are shorter to account for the extra height of the SD frame with the access doors along the side. Late SD9, SD18 and SD24 units use standard GP style cabs and short hoods, which stand higher than the long hood. On the SD24 units equipped with larger fuel tanks (all SD24s built except Kennecott's oddball single unit) the roof of the long hood behind the cab became a handy place to put the air tanks, making the height difference look purposeful.

-Tim
Chicago, IL



Date: 03/09/18 23:10
Re: BB: C&S train w/D&RGW ABBA F's 1971
Author: highgreengraphics

Very nice view. The local fans know this spot well! === === = === JLH



Date: 03/10/18 08:17
Re: BB: C&S train w/D&RGW ABBA F's 1971
Author: fbe

If you sandwich the off line units between a pair of home road locomotives there is no need to physically change the frequency crystals in the radios.



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