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    Posted 4 months ago

    fortapache
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    The GP9 is one of my favorite locomotives due to the high hood. For some reason train fans are big on the high hood units and I am not exception. With a high hood unit the view from the cab is blocked by the front hood. Luckily the unions made them retain the fireman. I think the low hood units started around the late 1950s. These were made from 1954-1963 and were very popular. They were made by EMD (General Motors) and had 1750 HP. The GP in GP9 stands for general purpose. They were known as road switchers and could be used as road or switch engines. Took a lot more of them to pull a freight train than the current 4400 HP locomotives but it was done.
    An interesting point is that the end with the seen in photo #3 was the front but they were often used with the back end as the front of the train. Engineers were used to steam locomotives and felt more secure driving it backwards. The seat swivels and the controls are on the side of the engineer so it was not all that difficult.
    As for this model it was made by Athearn and has the flywheel drive. That makes it start and stop realistically. It will slowly start and roll to a stop as opposed to stopping as soon as stopping soon as power is turned off. It is painted as a Union Pacific locomotive one of my favorite lines. This is circa 1960s/70s due to the connectors.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 4 months ago
      Fabulous great looking locomotive & very interesting history
    2. Alfie21 Alfie21, 4 months ago
      Nice locomotive! Thanks for the historical info. Thanks for pointing out, which I don't know, that: "Engineers were used to steam locomotives and felt more secure driving it backwards." That is interesting and that the bosses allowed that. Maybe the Engineers were the bosses? Looks like your tank car is coupled up to the locomotive with the Kadee Magne-matic couplers?
      My father-in-Law worked for the Union Pacific, therefore it is my favorite Railroad.
    3. fortapache fortapache, 4 months ago
      Thank you very much Newfld.

      Thank you very much Alfie. I learned that riding in the cab of a GP9. Plus I recently saw a video of a passenger train with a rear facing GP9 in the lead.
    4. Alfie21 Alfie21, 4 months ago
      The GP9 does resemble the Union Pacific
      articulated Big Boy steam locomotive.
    5. fortapache fortapache, 4 months ago
      Yes Alfie from the cab it does.

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