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GE 45T II by classictrains GE 45T II by classictrains
40 years ago I photographed a sister of this engine at the Elmhurst Chicago Stone quarry in Elmhurst. [link] It seems like a lot of small engines get preserved because they are relatively inexpensive to repair and maintain... though in this case the drive rod bearings seem to be an issue.

This one is at Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin treading the same rails it was built to serve in 1946.
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amarouq2 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
The Vulcan Ironworks in Wilkes-Barre, PA built these under contract around WWII. Several of them were delivered to the US Naval base in San Diego. The last one of that order completed in 1945 was transported from the erecting shop floor to the central railyard in Wilkes-Barre, a journey of less than 1 mile, where it remained until the late 90's early 2000's. It seems that due to the end of WWII the US Government canceled the remainder of their order. It has since been removed and was sent for a full frame-up restoration to operational status. It is intended to pull a dinner train when completed.
CharukuNova Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yay 45 tonner. ^^
The-Stealth-Ninja Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
These are neat little engines. My local museum has one of USAF heritage, although it is listed as a GE unit. It looks identical, siderods and everything.
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
You mean like this: [link]

They do look similar but no siderods. And when you start looking at the details you see how differnt they really are.
The-Stealth-Ninja Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No, more like this: [link]

I found that on someones flikr, it was about the best photo of the unit I could find since the museum doesn't have a photo of the unit online. If you look closely, you can see the siderods.
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Hmmm.... I don't know how I managed it but a little research showed that my photo is of a GE (not Whitcomb).
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow... I've seen diesels with drive rods, but not ones like these, only on the truck instead of the entire lenght of the engine... Looks quite odd.
engineer825 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist
This reminds me of the 45T they have down in Dearborn, MI.
ZCochrane Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Student Photographer
That kind of truck with connecting rods is interesting. Does this have a hydraulic transmission, or is there some other reason for this arrangement?
classictrains Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
I actually crawled under this thing to look. There is a "motor" on only one axle. The second axle is thus powered from the first by the connecting rods.
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