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Iowa is littered with grain elevators. As an outcome of deregulation and railway consolidation many elevators found it best to have their own equipment to position hoppers for loading.

The tags under the window indicate ownership is Countrywide Grain Terminal. They own the elevator this is parked next to.

Research by Robert :iconhunter1828: suggests this might be ex-C&NW 4144.

EMD GP7's and GP9's were constructed with high short hoods but many received after-market chops that look like this.
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:icon8legs:
8legs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspired by the Rock? The AC unit must have limited their view?!
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:iconclassictrains:
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
LOL
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow i never seen and engine with a window AC unit nice i love it.
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009   Photographer
I love that blue. I have never seen them that colour. :giggle: :+fav:
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SIDECARCYCLE Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
I've seen photos where the Milwaukee Road used to leave the number boards in there original location after chopping a high short hood, also.

I also like the AC job, too, if it works, more power to'em!
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
The A/C unit out the window is so Larry the cable guy style
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:iconclassictrains:
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
Great analogy... these operations do whatever seems right.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL, that AC looks somewhat self made! :XD:
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:iconclassictrains:
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
certainly customized to suit the local need... and not FRA approved either.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Now we just need a chrome undercarriage to make it look completely pimped! :D
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:iconclassictrains:
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
...or a matching unit painted pink. LOL
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:iconshenanigan87:
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:rofl:

Don't forget the fuzzy dice! :XD:
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:iconclassictrains:
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Who knows what else was in that cab!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's wild! Interesting chop job. The AC is a hoot!
-YD
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
I'm not so sure that's ex C&NW. Chances are that, if as Robert suggests it was bought off the deadline, it likely wouldn't have been chopped during the rebuild, especially if going to an elevator. Since it IS a chop-nose GP7, that suggests that the chop-job was done by the railroad prior to any sale to a different road or company. And if C&NW 4144 was still a hi-hood in 1998, then it's likely that unit went down to the blow torch.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
It's a shame there were no builder's plates on her. I specifically looked.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
Damn. That would've at least had a builder's number and/or serial number, with which researching it would've been a breeze.
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I still think that's CNW 4144. Wouldn't be the first time a unit on a deadline ended up with a second life somewhere. Heck, I shot units in an MRL deadline in '07, only to find one of them in new paint and re-engined two years later.

And I agree with Silverwolf, I LOVE that AC sticking out of the window! :rofl:
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CNW8646 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I did some research on C&NW 4144. This locomotive maybe a former C&NW geep, but not 4144 because 4144 was scrapped in 1998. [link]
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classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Hmmm... so the plot thickens. It certainly is pretty damning evidence to see it on the McCook deadline.... but not conclusive.
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CNW8646 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Who knows, I that's all I could find on C&NW 4144. As for Countrywide Grain Terminal 4144 I couldn't find anything, it's like it dosen't even exist.
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:iconclassictrains:
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I love a good mystery. I sent an email to the C&NW Historical Society and posted in on RRpix archives.
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CNW8646 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Ok. BTW I did find something else about C&NW 4144 [link] .
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CNW8646 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
That's something you don't see everyday, an AC sticking out of the conductor's window.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
So this beast has been identified as a GP7, then? I still love that AC job. :D
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classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
See the link I added to the Artist Comments. Ignore the color and the low hood and it's probably the same unit.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah you're right. And the AC, don't forget the AC. :rofl: I guess there would have to be some sort of inverter for them to be able to run that unit, or am I missing something? :?
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classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
No ditch lights either!
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I never noticed that. :XD: I guess they're not necessary if you're not running on the main lines? :? Lest the FRA see that on a main line...:XD:
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classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I agree but on a private owner switcher like this they can do anything they want... including running extension cords to cool it off before they use it. There was no-one around to talk to when I stumbled on her.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, you think they'd really do it that way? :giggle: I've heard of cords through the window for a battery charger but this is ridiculous! :XD:
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classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
I've watched some of these elevator jobs. They spend a LOT of time sitting still between moves.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, then it makes sense. :D
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