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MoPac GP18 by classictrains MoPac GP18 by classictrains
Yet another Geep variation... a MoPac GP18 constructed with FA1 trade in parts (note the Alco trucks). The second unit is a high-hood GP18 and behind is a C&EI GP30... a very fine day for a railfan.
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Sylderon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
Again, I'm loving your colors. What film did you use?
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
Mostly ASA 64 Ektachrome... but it is very deceiving since almost everything I post has been gamma and contrast corrected and color balanced to some degree. The result is that you are complementing my eye more than you are the film I used. :-)

Thanks!
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Sylderon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
Well, so is mine, but you can't improve what was never there to begin with. Incidentally, most of my more recent work has been done entirely with Ektachrome.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Professional Photographer
I'm guessing that EMD and Alco trucks were relatively easy to interchange on the frames then.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
yep.... pretty much everyone used the same bolster style for B trucks... this was decades before self steering technology... C and A1A were a whole different deal too.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Professional Photographer
I kinda am at a loss for what the concept behind A1A trucks was. IT seems like a primitive version of a C truck...
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
The center axle on the A1A was not powered. It served to provide the pulling power of a B truck but with the weight spread out over 3 axles. Sounds kind of silly today but in the 30's and 40's when the concept originated there was a lot of light weight stick rail out there.
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Sylderon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
It also improved ride quality at high speeds.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
thanks... I didn't know that.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Professional Photographer
It sounds good in a pragmatic fashion, but hardly useful today with the computerized traction that we have...
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