Monday, March 30, 2015

First Generation Road Diesel Frames

These Craigslist pictures were shared on Facebook's Abandoned Rails Group. The FP7 carcus was being offered for free. The owner wanted it out of his backyard. Fortunately, cab units are generally in better shape and you don't normally see that they were basically bridge trusses on wheels. A Facebook comment provides the history:
Bryan Humphries It is Ex-Alaska #1541 FP7-A, built 12/53, build #19066. It is actually the final FP7 constructed, so you got that going for you.

It had a major electrical fire in 1979-80.

Second generation diesels were road switchers that replaced the truss frames with a big slab of steel at the bottom that was reinforced with a couple of T-beams.

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