FIRST QUARTER 2022: In this issue we begin an in-depth look at Santa Fe’s EMD SD45-2 diesel locomotives. Among the first “Dash 2” additions to the road’s roster, this six-axle saw three orders by the mid-1970s. This issue tackles the first order from 1972. All this and more in the First Quarter 2022 issue of Diesel Era!

VIA Rail’s F40PH-2D, Part 1: 6400-6429

VIA Rail’s F40PH-2D, Part 1: 6400-6429

VIA Rail’s fleet of 59 GMD F40PH-2Ds were delivered by General Motors Diesel between November 1986 and April 1989.


Battery Era? Wabtec’s FLXdrive Debuts

Battery Era? Wabtec’s FLXdrive Debuts

Wabtec, Genesee & Wyoming, and Carnegie-Mellon University are working together to develop new fleets of alternative energy locomotives.


CSX cosmetically restores rare C30-7 diesel locomotive for Kentucky Steam Heritage

CSX cosmetically restores rare C30-7 diesel locomotive for Kentucky Steam Heritage

CSX has repainted a retired General Electric C30-7 into the Louisville & Nashville “Family Lines” livery of the late 1970s for donation to Kentucky Steam Heritage.


Santa Fe Bicentennial Unit 5704 Restoration Completed

Santa Fe Bicentennial Unit 5704 Restoration Completed

The restoration of former BNSF 6484 as Santa Fe Bicentennial unit 5704 has been completed by volunteers and contractors at Mid-America Railcar in Kansas City.


ACF’s 2970 Centerflow

ACF’s 2970 Centerflow

American Car & Foundry’s two-bay 2970 Centerflow was a popular freight car and modern versions of this design continue to serve today.


They Were Big in Wyoming: Burlington Northern’s U30Cs

They Were Big in Wyoming: Burlington Northern’s U30Cs

Diesel Era’s Second Quarter 2022 edition survey’s Burlington Northern’s U30Cs that came to the roster 1972. There’s more than 50 of this six-axle U-Boats and important things to know about them. 


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