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Alco’s center-cab C-415 road switcher debuted in April 1966, and became the first of 26 units constructed before production ended in late 1968.
Electro-Motive Divison’s SW1001 diesel locomotive was introduced in 1968 as an alternative to the SW1000 with a lower profile and a 645 prime mover.
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway’s fleet of streamlined EMD F-units lasted into freight service through the 1970s and 1980s.
A detailed photo gallery of Denver & Rio Grande Western SW1000s 140-149, built by Electro-Motive Division between 1966 and 1968.
The scope of this article’s coverage is North American diesel locomotive production — both new builds and modernization programs.
In late 1973, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad received 10 SD40-2 diesels from Electro-Motive Division.
Minnesota Commercial is a short line that began its current operations with the lease of Minnesota Transfer Railroad in February 1987.
Norfolk & Western and Southern Railway were the only customers for EMD’s high-hood variant of the SD40-2, but N&W only placed one order for eleven units in 1972.
Despite its financial challenges that began developing in earnest in the mid-1960s, Rock Island was a solid supporter of Electro-Motive Division’s GP40.
Following its 1980 bankruptcy and liquidation, former Rock Island GP40s found a new home on Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific.