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F is for Freight II by classictrains F is for Freight II by classictrains
Lot's of mental images come to mind when you talk to a railfan about F-units and their kin. The notion of a workhorse tugging strings of 40 and 50 foot box cars is not usually the first one... but that is what they did well.

Here a New York Central freight transfer from the east coast comes north on the Indiana Harbor Belt in 1967 with a transfer possibly destined for the NorthWestern at Proviso Yard in Bellwood. The bridge over the tracks in the distance is the Q Racetrack.
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
labrat-78 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009   Photographer
A lot of the youngsters think that carbody units were only for the passenger hauling business.

Not so as oldsters like us know that they were first pressed into service hauling freight. From 1946 onwatd EMD couldn't make enough of them and some railroads were forced to substitute until their orders came online after several years. KCS was one such road that had what they call Erie Builts, Fairbanks-Morse carbody units that were built in Erie PA by GE in 1946-1947. Some of them were eventually re-engined with EMD 567's later in their career.

F's were the diesels that killed off steam. F could stand for a lot of things, frugal, freight, fancy, but with preservation, on film and in real life F will never stand for forgotten.
classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Well said Traci.
engineer825 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist
How long did the F units on the NYC last? :?
classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
I don't know exactly but the NYC ceased to exist in 1968. It became part of the P-C and some of these units were around into the late 1970's. I was in Europe then and not following US railroads at the time.

You can see other folks photos of that era at [link]
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