Murdoch17

General Electric 44-ton diesel switcher locomotive

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This engine is modeled after the GE 44 ton switcher locomotive. Why 44 tons, you may ask? I give you the answer from the Wikipedia article on this loco type:

This locomotive's specific 44-short ton weight was directly related to one of the efficiencies the new diesel locomotives offered compared to their steam counterparts: reduced labor intensity. In the 1940s, the steam to diesel transition was in its infancy in North America, and railroad unions were trying to protect the locomotive fireman jobs that were redundant with diesel units. One measure taken to this end was the 1937 so-called "90,000 Pound Rule" :[citation needed] a stipulation that locomotives weighing 90,000 pounds (41,000 kg) – 45 short tons – or more required a fireman in addition to an engineer on common carrier railroads. Industrial and military railroads had no such stipulation. The 44-ton locomotive was born to skirt this requirement.

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The loco is bi-directional, and doesn't have much to differentiate between the "front" or "rear" expect for the air horn and exhaust stack on one end in real life. My LEGO model lacks these, so it's only way to tell which is front is by the headlights: clear for front, red for rear.
 

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I am going to name this loco WFP number 7007. (WFP stands for Wabash Frisco & Pacific, which is the name of a 12 inch gauge ride-on railway in St. Louis, MO.) They don't have a real 44 toner there, but do have a Fairbanks Morse H10-44 (number 704) in the same color scheme, so I made this engine as a companion to the H10-44.

In the spoiler tag below, you will find a real life picture of a 44-toner loco. (I got the picture from railpictures.net, It is NOT mine!)

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Just for comparison purposes, here is the H10-44 I was talking about. NOTE: The H10-44 is NOT included in the GE 44-ton's LDD file!

The (updated) LDD file for the GE loco is available hereBuild updated 3-14-17 with a better 44 ton GE unit, courtesy of Henry Durand over on Facebook's LEGO Train Fan Club. Thanks Henry!

Comments, Questions, suggestions and complaints are always welcome!

Edited by Murdoch17

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Looks good! Try to make the edges at the front rounder. Also how about Building the middle-part in 3w?

 

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1 hour ago, KikoTube said:

Looks good! Try to make the edges at the front rounder. Also how about Building the middle-part in 3w?

 

Thanks. I just received a lot of much-need help with the ends from a friend on Facebook, and have updated the pictures and LDD file as such. Does it looks better now?

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Much better. I wonder what it would look like in all yellow, as per the comparison image. I also think that you should try to lower the curves on the cab sides, as on the real thing they join onto the running plates without a step. Other than that, it makes for a good partner to the H10-44.

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