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    The Black Maria (Mar-i-ah). Always been kinda a favorite.

    It had a B unit too, IIRC

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    Are you adding it to your already long list, Frank? ;-)

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    Those are AKA baby face.

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    Close but not quite....the Babyface (DR4-4-1500) was a Baldwin product.

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    Yea that looks like an ALCo. Check out those trucks. Thats not EMD style. It looks a little shorter than the FT and has 3 windows.

    Interesting. so is this the next project Frank?

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    Brrrrrrr! (Shudders)

    And to think... railroadom could have had THAT thing plying first generation rails instead of the instant classic FA series.

    Scary thought.

    I'm personally glad the FA won out. :)


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    The saddest thing about those engines I think was what they might have grown into...I think it was right around the time they hit the road that the War Production Board limited Alco and Baldwin to producing only switchers while EMD was permitted to make road units. I think there's been some controversy over the WPB's decision to do so, the argument being that Alco would have benefited greatly from being allowed to continue development on the Black Maria prototypes and would have been much more serious competition for EMD postwar as a result. Not so sure if Baldwin would have benefited in the same way (Centipedes? Leaky radiators positioned directly over the electrical cabinets?? What were they thinking???).

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    Thats a DL

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    The design of the cab and the winshield does look something like a ALCO DL series, although I think the nose of the Mystery unit is shorter than a DL. More significant, the Mystery Unit is a B-B with a 1500HP Alco '241' series prime mover. ALCO DL series were A1A-A1A with twin 539 series prime movers.
    Dan

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