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In the Mid 1980s GE changed it's 16cyl FDL design to include a different exhaust silencer, a new electric compressor often known as the "Whoop compressor" and changed some of the electronics of their locomotives. These differences among a few other led to a distinct change in the sounds from the GE 16cyl FDL often found from the U25Bs on through the Dash-7 series of the Locomotives.

GE's AC series of locomotives were introducted in 1994. They share the same carbody design and many of the more…

EMD 16-567C 4EXH NT N XL L M4

The Paducah GP10s were the result of a rebuild program upgrading GP7, GP8 and GP18 EMD locomotives. Unlike the GP16 program which recieved 645 power assemblies the GP10s retained a 567 16cyl prime mover. Now using a 567C block, a 4 stack exhaust was applied in most cases. Many smaller railroads still use GP10s and it was deemed a rather successful program.



Recorded from a EMD GP10

This project is a normal idle version. It has 4 exhaust stacks.

File also contains an more…

EMD 16-567D2-T N XL L M4

The 567 prime mover is a line of medium-speed diesel engines manufactured by GM Electro-Motive Division. They were used in many EMD locomotives from 1938-1966 when it was replaced by the EMD 645. The 567 proved to be exceptionally successful in passenger, switching, freight, marine and stationary services. The 16 cylinder 567D2 Turbo variation was used in the following...



Although the following locomotives do not have a 567D2, they are in the 567D family and this sound file more…

SP 4449 GS-4 4-8-4 N XL L M4

Southern Pacific 4449, also known as the Daylight, is the only surviving example of Southern Pacific Railroad's GS-4 class of steam locomotives and one of only two GS-class locomotives surviving, the other being GS-6 4460. The locomotive is a streamlined 4-8-4 "Northern"-type steam locomotive. GS is abbreviated from "Golden State", a nickname for California (where the locomotive was operated in regular service), or "General Service".

The locomotive was built by Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, more…

UP 4-8-4 FEF N XL L M4

Equipped with ESU "FULL THROTTLE STEAM" features!

Recorded from UP FEF 4-8-4 Northern #844
Built in 1944 Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. Made for passenger service it also hauled some freight in the late 1950s. Still serving today it has become Union Pacific's "Living Legend" as it holds the world record for longest contiuosly running steam locomotive!

With 80 inch Drivers, 300lbs of boiler pressure, and designed to safely operate at 120 more…

D&RGW K-27 2-8-2 N XL L M4

The K-27 is a class of 3 ft 0 in (914 mm) narrow gauge 2-8-2 steam locomotives built for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1903. Known by their nickname "Mudhens," they were the first and the most numerous of the four K classes of Rio Grande narrow gauge engines to be built. Of the original fleet of 15 locomotives, two survive to this day and operate on heritage railways in the United States.

Fifteen locomotives were built, originally class 125, they were more…

Soo Line 1003 2-8-2 N XL L M4

The 2-8-2 wheel configuration on steam locomotives was one of the most highly used configurations made. This type of locomotive with 2 pilot wheels, 8 drive wheels, and 2 trailing wheels to support a larger firebox was first built for the Emperor of Japan, thus the name Mikado type. The first Mikado built for service in the US was built in 1901 and was owed by the Bismarck, Washburn and Great Falls until 1904 when it was acquired by the Soo Line.

This recording comes from the newer L-1 Class more…

UP 4-6-6-4 Challenger N XL L M4

Equipped with ESU "FULL THROTTLE STEAM" features!

The name Challenger was given to steam locomotives with a 4-6-6-4 wheel arrangement. This means that they have four wheels in the leading "pilot" truck, which helps guide the locomotive into curves; two sets of six "driving" wheels, and finally, four "trailing" wheels, which support the rear of the engine and its massive firebox. Each set of driving wheels has its own steam cylinder. In essence, the result is two engines under one boiler.

The more…

UP 4-8-8-4 Big Boy N XL L M4

Equipped with ESU "FULL THROTTLE STEAM" features!

During the late 1930s, the Union Pacific often used helpers to move trains from Ogden to Wasatch. The UP wanted to simplify this move so they asked their "Department of Research and Mechanical Standards" (DoRMS) to design a locomotive that could pull a 3600 ton train unassisted over the 1.14% grade of the Wasatch.
The designers determined that to pull a 3600 ton train, a tractive effort of 135,000 lbs would be needed. Assuming a factor of more…

SP Cab Forward 4-8-8-2 N XL L M4

Cab Forwards were designed to keep the crews from getting asfixiated from smoke while long tunnels. While a few other railroads considered purchasing the design, only the Southern Pacific Railroad ever bought any. Many wheel arrangements were used but most of them were of the 4-8-8-2 design.

AC-6 through AC-12 Cab Forwards Used a Saturated airpump mounted on the front of the boiler. These had a very distinct sound which we have gone through great lengths to duplicate.

CV163=0 UP more…