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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=89905
Submitted by: Low-Tech Redneck
Comments: 3  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 09-18-2013
View Stats Category: Other Vehicle
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At first glance, it seems like a normal EMD SD40-2 locomotive. But, take a closer look... note how you can see THROUGH it to the other side? That's not some trick photography or anything missing from the engine..... there's a reason for that.


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9-18-2013 @ 09:11:19 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
* Railfan trivia *The Denver Rio Grande And Western railroad ordered their engines custom-built by EMD to have the fresh-air intakes located on the bottom of the rear of the locomotive, instead of the top as is usual. Why? Their operations area in the Rockies meant lots of tunnels, and in constant long tunnel operation, "stock" engines had a habit of ingesting exhaust/hot air back in. The low side intakes offered cooler cleaner air. The so called "tunnel motor" engines were only ever built for/ordered by western railroads that had similar issues.

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9-18-2013 @ 09:20:01 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
Unfortunately, #5408 here eventually became a casualty in the 1989 Prando Colorado runaway incident......

http://www.drgw.net/gallery/d/55823...co_1989_000.jpg

2 other engines and 56 freight cars were lost in that pile-up after the brakes failed on a 3% grade.


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9-18-2013 @ 09:50:56 PM
Posted By : Driven_out Reply | Edit | Del
and I was thinking it was a hastilly converted slug

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