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Willie
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Slug Question
 
« on: Mar 2nd, 2016, 9:52am »
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Slugs.  There are 4 and 6 axle yard slugs and 4 axle road slugs.  Are there now or were there before any 6 axle road slugs?

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 5th, 2016, 5:09am »
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The short answer is YES. However, probably not in North America
 
As far back as the mid 1980's the 3'6" network in Queensland purchased  several series of AC electric locomotives. The contracts called for a mixture of "command" units and "slave" units. The slave units being "slugs" in American terminology. They were all arranged as Bo-Bo-Bo units. The slave units are usually coupled as the mid unit in a 3 loco coupling and also used as mid train locomotives. They all work on the heavy coal lines in central Queensland.
 
They came from 2 local builders and some from overseas. The electrical systems were provided by either Hitachi or Siemens.


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« Reply #2 on: Mar 5th, 2016, 6:58am »
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Thank you.

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 10th, 2016, 3:24pm »
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A new NS 6-axle slug was said to be a "road slug", here:
 
http://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=38521.0
 
although that could be a result of a railfan not using the correct terminology..
research on the RPU slugs seems to show that they are intended to be yard slugs:
 
http://www.altoonaworks.info/rebuilds/ns_rpu6.html
http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?2,1157285
 
RPU stands for Remote Power Unit.
 
It's most likely these are yard slugs, not road slugs..and any references to them being road slugs are probably just railfan misinformation.
 
Scot


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« Reply #4 on: Mar 10th, 2016, 3:32pm »
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Looks like Norfolk & Western had two genuine 6-axle road slugs in the 70's:
 
http://www.jreb.org/ns/index.php?topic=6991.0
 
One of them survives as NS 34, part of the Geometry train.
 
Scot


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