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NS Exhibit car Strasburg Pa - 6-2-12 NS 7 Strasburg Pa - 6-2-12
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NS 7 Strasburg Pa - 6-2-12

NS 7 Strasburg Pa - 6-2-12

 

NS 7 Strasburg Pa - 6-2-12 Not my photo, but proof there is a prototype for everything, including Aristocrafts EGGLINER., or continue to next photo on this page

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Not my photo, but proof there is a prototype for everything, including Aristocrafts EGGLINER.  
The following is a 50-ton, 26-foot long (excluding couplers), 300 horsepower switch engine built in May of 1941 by the Atlas Car & Manufacturing Company of Cleveland , Ohio (a.k.a. Atlas Locomotive & Manufacturing Company).The engine’s original serial number was 2255.  It was built for U.S Navy and identified as #65-00392.  The engine was more than likely put into service at the Norfolk or Philadelphia Naval Yards.  The engine was designed as a 45-ton unit, but the Navy specified 5 tons of extra ballast, probably to improve traction. A part of the unique design of this engine are its radial couplers.  These couplers allow for extended pivots enabling the engine to pull freight cars through extremely tight turns.As its source of power this engine has two Detroit 671 diesels.  Each diesel engine was connected to an electric generator for the traction motors on the truck at that end of the engine.  Only one truck is still a powered truck.  The other had been replaced by a standard freight truck late in its active service.  The little engine does have side rods on its trucks (like a steam locomotive).   Atlas usually used Cummings diesels. The switch engine was operated by Trans Car Services Corporation from at least the 1970s until the early 1980s.  The name Trans Car Services can still be seen on the side of the engine. Trans Car never renumbered the unit.  There is some evidence of the letters “E” and “C” under the painted Trans Car name.  These letters may be remnants of the engine’s military days.  In its early days at Trans Car Services the engine was painted red.  The green paint came later. The engine has a cab that is unusually large for its type.  The one thing that is still in place is the remains of an electrical panel marked Westinghouse Redman.  The two men most responsible for providing data on this little switch engine are Joe Walder of Norfolk Southern Railway (former DTC Rail Specialist) and Tom Gears of the Delmarva Rail Passenger Association (DRPA). Now apparently owned by the Riverfront Development Corp (RDC). This engine is now on display at the Delaware Children's Museum, Wilmington Del.

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