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...for a little while, anyway. I saw it sitting on the ready track at the Albuquerque yard yesterday at about 4:30 PM yesterday while riding the RailRunner train down to Belen; it wasn't there two hours later when I came back on the return trip, so it was probably out switching industries up north.

Seeing any non-turbo units here is rather unusual due to the elevation; there's not any real grades to speak of on any of the spurs (except for one or two, and even those are only for very short distances), though, so a 2000 hp unit works just fine, turbo or not, for most of the switch jobs. Be interesting to see how long it stays here...


5th Generation Texian
Perhaps it will be sent to Houston to be retired. We seem to get a lot of last-leg relics here, the low altitude means that de-turboed older units work fine and the lack of hills means the turbos aren’t all that necessary for local runs. I remember that Houston seemed to be the last stop for the GE C/B 28, 30 and 36 units. And the proximity to the scrap yards in Mexico or the port for export makes the final disposition all that much more, well, convenient… L is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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