Can't believe l am asking a question about diesels, but just read a couple of articles on this critter, a very powerful, advanced, and heavy loco developed for BritRail (this last may make it political). I won't repeat lengthy articles, but:. Apparently contractor did not adhere to track load specs? This l would have thought as relevant as installing a fuel tank. It was sold to the Russians, who just bought it to get technology. Whole story sounds like bureacracies gone mad. What was mentioned that was also interesting was that Russians did have early, 1920's diesel development that stalled when top guy defected. This tidbit makes me wonder about what were the years, brand and applications of first U.S. (industrial?) diesel locos used in quantity (2 or more?).
colorado hirailer posted:
This tidbit makes me wonder about what were the years, brand and applications of first U.S. (industrial?) diesel locos used in quantity (2 or more?).
The Alco/GE 60 ton boxcab was probably the first successful, commercially available diesel locomotive. The demonstrator (sold to CNJ) Lehigh Valley and B&O 60 ton boxcabs were built in 1925.
The Minneapolis, St.Paul, Rochester & Dubuque Electric Traction Co. (better known as the "Dan Patch Electric Line" began construction in the early 1900's with the intention of it being an electric railroad with overhead wire. As a stopgap during construction, they purchased some GE boxcab electrics in IIRC 1910 that had a oil-powered electric generator installed inside them. The idea was they could use them without needing to do the expensive overhead wiring until after the track etc. was in place. As it happened the railroad just used them as "oil-electrics" until the railroad's owner died and it was reformed in 1918 as the Minneapolis Northfield & Southern. The engines were sold to other railroads, at least one or two were eventually converted to electric engines.