Swafford’s imagination at work........to you think GE ever make the ES55AC?

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Good Day,
My imagination at work again.........presenting the GE ES55AC. How about a GEVO 16 cylinder with 5500 hp?

Regards,
Swafford

The attached drawing was created by modifying a drawing from Michael Eby at trainiax.net
 
GE's next diesel locomotive factory.........Fort Worth!

Good Day,
Swafford’s imagination at work again!
Keep in mind, Texas thinks big! The attached drawing was digitally painted by me and was created by modifying a drawing from Michael Eby at trainiax.net

Regards,
Swafford
 

KGR90MAC

New Member
The problem with units with more than 3 TM's per truck is they can't take corners very well. They derail themselves easily. That's one of the reasons UPRR quit using them.
 

Tacoma Tom

New Member
Good Day,
Swafford’s imagination at work again!
Keep in mind, Texas thinks big! The attached drawing was digitally painted by me and was created by modifying a drawing from Michael Eby at trainiax.net

Regards,
Swafford

Just awesome! I would love to see some 8 axle power again. I think we our overdue for something dramatic on the locomotive scene.

You know down in Brazil they love the 8 axle units. They often put 8 axle trucks on SD40T-2's and other locomotives. You should check out some videos if you haven't seen them in action yet.
 

KGR90MAC

New Member
Here's dramatic. I here from a reliable source that EMD in the early 90's was trying to develop a Fuel Cell locomotive. How cool would that be!
 
Good Day,
I really believe there is a potential North American market for an 8 axle diesel locomotive. The GE Transportation tagline is “imagination at work”.
Regards,
Swafford
 

ES44AC

What is your malfunction?
I don't think that truck will work, too rigid for curves, the self steering truck would be the prefered choice.
 
Good Day ES44AC,
Thanks for the suggestion, presenting the ES55AC with newly designed Radial-Steering Trucks.
With the railroads demanding more powerful and more fuel efficient diesel locomotives I think this type of engines will be produced in the 21st Century!
Regards,
Swafford
 

5thGenRR

New Member
I don't think that truck will work, too rigid for curves, the self steering truck would be the prefered choice.
+2

Also GE is scrapping the EVO series engines. They are currently designing another 16 cyl that will have smaller CI Power Assy's. Also the range of 4000-4500HP is what they have found to be best for the given tractive effort. Like someone else mentioned in the 90's EMD & GE were in a HP race and both failed.
 

espee4441

New Member
Just awesome! I would love to see some 8 axle power again. I think we our overdue for something dramatic on the locomotive scene.

You know down in Brazil they love the 8 axle units. They often put 8 axle trucks on SD40T-2's and other locomotives. You should check out some videos if you haven't seen them in action yet.
Actually, the only eight axle locomotive in Brazil is the DDM45. All the others including the tunnel motors ride on four axle trucks, with two per end.

I like the ES58ACi, look up some of the videos on YT, they're a blast top watch!

As for eight axle American units, no way it won't happenm again. I think they would rather go back to 6000 hp on six axles first after figuring out which prime mover will clear EPA emissions. Heck, look at the ES44C4s, only four traction motors again on a six axle!
 
My imagination at work again!

Will we ever see two of these pulling a coal train?

Regards,
Swafford

Drawing by Michael Eby Modified/painted by Frank Swafford
 

PrairieRailfan

New Member
A few months ago Trains magazine had a pretty good article on why super high horsepower engines do not fit into the future needs of railroads. Basically it boils down to that if you have a train with three conventional locomotives and one fails, they can still get over the road to the next siding at least. The same train with only two locomotives stalls and blocks the railroad.
 




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