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Reply to "Norfolk Southern engine catches fire outside of Pittsburgh."

@PRRrat posted:

So on quite a few of the Virtual Railfan grab bags, I've seen quite a few engines in the last 2 weeks with fire damage amidships. Is there a design flaw on the Dash 9's? On turbochargers in general?

@Hudson5432 posted:

After locomotives (and everything else!) are new, the user/owner has most of the responsibility for failures.  (I say "most" because some failures are due to inferior design work, but these are always identified and corrected during the warranty period.)  I am sure that GE ran all tests on this unit before it was shipped.  So my guess is that a maintenance point on NS dropped the ball.

With that locomotive being built in 1999, I would say it’s got plenty of miles and hours.



If I had to take a guess, I would say an internal fire from leaking diesel...

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