Friday: The Manny's Last Day

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stlgevo51

Steam Chaser
In early April AB-Inbev announced it was closing the Manufacturers Railway. For well over 100 years, the Manny had served the Anheuser Busch brewery south of downtown St.Louis, as well as other industries along 2nd Street. With trucks handling the outbound shipments from the brewery, the traffic on the MRS dwindled, until it was to about 10 cars or less per day. That was when Inbev decided to close the railroad earlier this year. Everyone was under the assumption that it was going to close by the end of the month in April, but it luckily held on-until now. Tomorrow, September 30th, will be its last day. It will be a great loss to not have the perfectly maintained fleet of green switchers shoving cars up the steep incline to the brewery or pulling a transfer over the MacArthur Bridge. The MRS will be missed.

Here are some of my previous forums with shots of the Manny:
http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35970&highlight=manufacturers
http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35753&highlight=manufacturers
 

espee4441

New Member
I looked at all your threads on this, thank you for taking the time to get such great pictures.

The trucks on the MP15s, were they added after the fact, or built by EMD this way? Its the first time I've seen dash-2 trucks underneath a switcher.
 

NM_RailNut

Member
They were built that way; the MP15's frame was lengthened by four feet to accommodate Blomberg-B or -M trucks without requiring the use of a smaller fuel tank (as was done on the SW1504s built for NdeM; in fact, the MP15's fuel tank is nearly twice as large as the SW1500's), thus allowing EMD to eliminate Flexicoil switcher trucks from its catalog. That addition of road trucks also allowed EMD to offer the MP15 series as true multipurpose machines (hence the "MP" designation) which (in theory) could handle both switching and road duties with equal ease (although the lack of room for a toilet seriously limited their usefulness in the latter role). Most RRs and industrial customers, though, simply saw MP15s as a catalog replacement for the SW1500s and purchased them for the very same role(s).
 

espee4441

New Member
Since I'm a big Mexican railfan, I've photographed the SW1504s quite a few times south of the border, they are some of my all-time favorite units. I knew the MP15s (AC &DC) were built with Blombergs, but this is the first I've seen them using the "M" style. For years I've watched SP MP15ACs in Eugene shoving the hump and also seeing the ex-MKT and MoPac MP15DCs working Albina yard in Portland. They are much more powerful than a SW1500, I used to ride one(SW1500) on a daily basis as a kid. The crew never had to worry about needing a toilet due to going to beans at the local DQ since it was literally trackside, I've always wanted to see the inside of a MP15 for that purpose.

Thank you for the great reply, I really appreciate it!
 

NM_RailNut

Member
I've been looking at photos of these units going back to 1980, and it seems likely that they were delivered with the -M trucks. EMD had a policy of meeting customer's requests as much as possible back when the MP15 was in production, and most roads stuck with Blomberg-B trucks simply because that's what their existing EMD B-B road units had and they had plenty of spare parts for it on hand. Manufacturers Railway didn't, and Blomberg-M trucks were standard on all new B-B locomotives built after the start of Dash-2 production unless the customer specified otherwise, so that's why their MP15s had them.
 

stlgevo51

Steam Chaser
I never thought about the trucks on the 252. The 257, an SW1500 (which I have never shot personally), has flexicoil trucks: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=268298&nseq=11

espee4441 said:
Since I'm a big Mexican railfan, I've photographed the SW1504s quite a few times south of the border, they are some of my all-time favorite units.
Did they look something like this:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=314129
This engine has been moved around quite a bit in the St. Louis area, but it is still in its original green scheme.
 

NM_RailNut

Member
That's one of them. It's mechanically a SW1500 fitted with Blomberg-B trucks; BTW, I'd forgotten that the SW1504 also had the frame lengthened by two feet to accommodate the Blomberg trucks (instead of using a smaller fuel tank as I'd incorrectly mentioned earlier).
 




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