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Rare Video Clip--GM-EMD's GM6C
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Author:  J3a-614 [ Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Rare Video Clip--GM-EMD's GM6C

In the category of you-don't-know-what-will-be-rare-when-you-shoot-it is this clip, reportedly the only one known to be available, of EMD straight electric 6,000 hp electric unit with C-C trucks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics ... astrucure/

While one may not mourn this unit too much--it was a one-off experimental that apparently was a dead end--it shows how much things can change over time, and also what some alternative paths might have looked like.

Now I wonder if there is a clip somewhere of the B-B-B unit that was built at the same time?

Author:  hullmat991 [ Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Rare Video Clip--GM-EMD's GM6C

I didnt see a video anywhere in the article. I did find the article interesting though on subject of national infrastructure, and Im glad rail was given a good write up as well.

Author:  J3a-614 [ Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Rare Video Clip--GM-EMD's GM6C

Blast, that lousy keyboard did it again!!

Here's the correct link:


Author:  Dougvv [ Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Rare Video Clip--GM-EMD's GM6C


History repeating itself.

It reminds me of the 1950's era E2B's (B-B). Six were built for the PRR and two demonstrators were sent to the Great Northern (IIRC). GN did not purchase and and PRR purchased the two demonstrators for a total of six.

The comment of a B-B-B wheel arrangement reminds me once again of the Baldwin offerings to the PRR in the 1950s. They built a single body with three bolsters. The main external difference between the E2C and the E3B was the trucks. The E2C was a C-C and the E3B was a B-B-B. The six wheel trucks were set up so that the the two center axles were in the same relative position. In other words the E3B axle spacing from front to rear was the same as the axle spacing from front to rear on the E2C.

Experimentals are always so interesting.

For what its worth.

Doug vV

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