Monday, February 4, 2013

This is for Erik Halstead

This track maintenance train was parked along Columbia Blvd. yesterday across from Colwood Golf Course.I have never seen this type of locomotive before in Oregon.Where was it manufactured ?


Steve Fung said...

The nameplate indicated it was from
Albia ,Iowa.

Erik H. said...

Dang!! I saw that down at Brooklyn Yard (along McLoughlin) but couldn't get a picture of it.

From what I've been able to tell from a Google search, Herzog has the locomotives (usually old EMD build GP- and F40PH locomotives) rebuilt by a company called Relco locomotive. One site said that they are designed like that so as to not look like a locomotive, so that T&E (Train & Engine) crews don't try to bid the work over MOW crews. There may also be a functional reason for the cowl body, specifically maintenance of the equipment (since they spend a lot of time away from home shop in all sorts of climates including throughout Canada and the Rocky Mountains).

Erik H. said...

Nice catch and thanks for sharing, Steve!