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CHESSIEMIKE
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« on: Nov 11th, 2014, 6:42am »
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What to do with all those left over 3 axle EMD trucks:
 
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2014/11/locomotive-startup-tractive-power-corp-introduces-three-axle-industrial-switcher?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TRN_News_Sub_141110_Final&utm_content=
 
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 11th, 2014, 11:33am »
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That's a pretty cool little critter!
 
Note that you will need to be a Trains Magazine subscriber to see more than a little blurb at the beginning of the article.
 
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 11th, 2014, 5:53pm »
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Here is what the company has to say:
 
http://www.tractivepowercorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/TP56%20_DEC2013-mini.pdf
 
Looks interesting. Doesn't say what engines they use, but power ranges suggest heavy highway truck engines are likely.


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« Reply #3 on: Nov 12th, 2014, 8:32am »
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Clyde DET - Henry - CHESSIE MIKE - All -  
 
Interesting! (To say the least!) Clyde, yes concur that many power plants, in highway 18- Wheelers competitive on the HP numbers.
 
So, in a try at a litle humor? Much of the "Industrial Switcher" role can be done by a newer Dodge RAM pickup, with the big motor?
 
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 12th, 2014, 5:00pm »
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on Nov 12th, 2014, 8:32am, HwyHaulier wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Clyde DET - Henry - CHESSIE MIKE - All -  
 
Interesting! (To say the least!) Clyde, yes concur that many power plants, in highway 18- Wheelers competitive on the HP numbers.
 
So, in a try at a litle humor? Much of the "Industrial Switcher" role can be done by a newer Dodge RAM pickup, with the big motor?
 
.................................Vern...............................
 

 
Prolly so. Put a set of railroad wheels on an HD with the biggest Cummins and four-wheel drive and bob's your uncle. Probably want to ballast it with a load bed full of concrete blocks or something. And when you didn't need it to switch, put the highway wheels on it, unload the ballast and the dual-threat machine is ready and waiting. My first duty assignment back in 1966 in Germany was to an Army Maintenance Plant. We had a rail-siding. Bundesbahn would deliver cars (mostly flats with AFVs or tactical vehicles for the projects we had), and we would be responsible for getting them onto a desired track at the railhead. We had either a 2-1/2 ton or 5-ton (no longer recall which, but if I had to bet, deuce and a half) that had been re-wheeled with flanged steel wheels and fitted with European style couplers at each end, and some sort of ballast in the load bed. It worked very well. And a LOT cheaper than using a "proper" locomotive, even an industrial switcher.


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« Reply #5 on: Nov 12th, 2014, 5:26pm »
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Clyde DET - All Hands -
 
Thought you might just have a story of American resourcefulness...
 
Yep! 'Em new DODGE RAM trucks with the big Cummins in them are good.
Anyone - with the money or good credit - can get one right in their town...
 
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 12th, 2014, 8:25pm »
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Looks like the Germans were watching you ClydeDET.
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 13th, 2014, 5:25pm »
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Maybe they were, but we were using the converted GI truck a LONG time ago, and that looks more like a custom item. Also - the Zagro looks to have some sort of rubber tire outside the flange. Our truck had solid steel wheels that just bolted to the GI hubs. I have some slides that show out "Plant Switcher", never have scanned them though. Nor do I know which box they are in these days.  Have some of the usual Bundesbahn transfer engine that brought cars and picked them uo. 2-10-2 or 2-10-0 Dampflokomotive...

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« Reply #8 on: Nov 15th, 2014, 9:04am »
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CHESSIEMIKE - ClydeDet - All -  
 
Rather restates the design of the BUCKWALTER units favored by PENNA RR?
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=172022
 
Many Thanks to source. With respect to their rights, your writer does not  
copy - rip and read and so on with work of others. The notes on this one are
helpful...
 
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I was thinking along the lines of the B&O solution.
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 31st, 2014, 11:18pm »
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Chessiemike:  Is that a DW20 or something along that line?  We used to see those old girls made into sheepsfoot packers in road construction in Saskatchewan.  Still a few around.

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