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European F-Unit by shenanigan87 European F-Unit by shenanigan87
Something for the US-based deviants! :D

What we have here is a NOHAB AA16 type locomotive, which is basically a modified EMD F-unit, built under license by the Nydqvist och Holm AB in Sweden. The most obvious difference is the Co'Co' wheel arrangement, deviating from the Bo'Bo' one of the original. This is due to the fact that maximum permissible axle loads are higher in the US than they are in Europe, so they had to spread the weight across two more axles. And since B-units are unheard of around here, a second cab was added, making it a bi-directional locomotive. The roof is lower and more rounded, in order to fit the more restrictive loading gauge, while the central coupler has been replaced with a classic buffer & chain setup. Because of this, the angle of the front was also increased, so that impacts on the buffers are less likely to cause damage. The result is still recognizable as something with EMD heritage, but it differs quite a bit from the original.

In total, only 159 of these were built between 1954 and 1965, most of them for the Danish and Norwegian State Railways, though a small batch was also delivered to Hungary. This one here still bears her original My1147 road number, being among the last locomotives delivered to the DSB in 1964. After retirement, and after a number of different operators, she finally ended up at STRABAG Rail, a track construction company. This current paint scheme was applied in 2006, following a general inspection. Power comes from an EMD 567C, a two-stroke V16 prime mover, producing 1750hp.

This photo was taken at the new workshop of Deutsche Plasser, who maintain and overhaul specialized track maintenance vehicles. Mom once ferried an employee here while working for Audi, and when she mentioned my love for trains, the guy left his cell number, saying that I could call him whenever I'd like to visit. And when I saw this locomotive from a nearby bridge, I did give him a call, and visited the place today. The guy was very friendly and showed me around all those complex machines that can more or less replace the entire trackage in one go, built almost like a huge bridge truss on rails. Even though computers now do most of the work, you still have to be highly skilled to operate one of these, sitting in a glass enclosed cockpit just above the rails. If you're interested, you can check out their homepage, especially the video "Instandhaltungswerk Opladen".

Sadly, I'm not allowed to post photos from inside the workshop. :(

But I am allowed to show you this loco, as it's parked outside. :)

Weather sucked though... Dark and rainy, so please disregard the low quality.

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914four Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was a PRR Babyface Baldwin, imagine my surprise when I clicked and found it wasn't even North American! :-)
Great capture.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe, yeah, someone else said something similar a while back! :lol:

Thanks! :)
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914four Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing with the rest of us :-)
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Pb1kenobi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Reminds me of the Baldwin Babyface diesels.

Thanks for sharing.

Marko
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
After googling, I can't deny the similarity! :)
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Terathan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Looks similar to a British Warship Class Diesel Engine.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, the Warships were based on the German V200 [link] which itself was not based on anything American.
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I love their aspect and their sound is also amazing! :D Its a nice photo non the less. ;)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :) I haven't heard them in real life yet, but everyone says that they sound awesome, so it must be true! :XD:
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NSLC Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I like your two images of the good old DSB My 1147, :) there is more info on it (in Danish) here [link]
It is many times I have stood and heard it roar, especially when it started.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the info! :) I've never heard one in my life, but I hope to do so one day. :)
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aaronboydarts Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
thank you my friend!!! when i think of trains, this is what i picture. i grew up playing with my dads old diesel models like this and i love em. thank you so much for putting this up. ist wunderbar!!!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you appreciate it! :)
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Sweet roster shot, buddy!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :) Took quite a few shots, but in the end, I went with the tried & true for the first pic. :XD:
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
They are awesome, bro!
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mikopol Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
For me American railroads has a face just like that loco design. :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's an iconic face to say the very least. :)
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting history, and thanks for the feature in the comments too. ;)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries! :D
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spottyskunk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Nice capture. :)

As a side note, I believe it's a relative of one of these standing in for the Missouri Pacific "Texas Eagle" in the 1st "Ghost Rider" film.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)

Hmm, if you mean the locomotive that the truck crashes into, then yes, it's a very distant relative. Don't know how many technical similarities there are though, considering that that's an electric locomotive.
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DounutCereal Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Even if it's an old comment I can fill in some of those details if you're still interested :)

The L's are an early 1950's design by English Elelctric. They built 25 of them (L1150 - L1174) and exported them all from their UK workshops by ship for the Victorian Railways in south eastern Australia who used them into the mid to late 80's. 4 survive and the Texas Eagle (L1169) one is the spare parts unit for a heritage group to keep L1162 operational. They were pretty good for their time, 2,210hp and from what I understand quite solidly built.

Hope that's of some interest :)
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spottyskunk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Somebody here on DA actually has a picture of it being prepared for it's movie role, with a discussion on the engine itself.

And no problem - thanks for sharing. :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooh, do you have a link? :B
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spottyskunk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I can't find the one I was thinking of, but here's a related pic.

[link]
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, it certainly looks fitting for that livery! :XD:
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spottyskunk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
They did a good job dressing her up. :)
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nohab!


Seen one of these painted in a mock ATSF warbonnet once...
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep, dat pic be on dA too: [link]
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Wordworker Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Interesting diesel. Solid shot! :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very much so! :) Thanks! :)
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Beautiful Locomotive! I would love to hear that Two stroke V16 working hard!

Great write up too!
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Check this out. Almost the same sound. Same EMD 16-567C engine!

[link]

That was a very fun day indeed... :D
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Excellent! Thank you very much.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem, you're very welcome :aww:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, I bet it makes a beautiful sound! :D

I've never actually heard (or seen) one of these on the move. The only other specimen I ever photographed was at a museum! :XD:
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I saw two parked at Koblenz last year I think that one also had Strabag livery.
I drove the Deltic locomotives when they were in service which were also 2 two stroke 18 cylinder engines but had the cylinders in a triangle with two opposed pistons in each cylinder, ( type Deltic into Wikipedia ). The noise was incredible but very tiring after a days work.
I will put a picture of one on my site to give you some idea of the exhaust they produced
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe, lucky you! ;) I do know a lot about the Deltic, thanks to some British railfans on this site. And that includes the clag. ;) [link]
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Sorry I didnt mean to offend, Every time Ive talked to people in Europe the have never heard of them
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, no offence at all, was just saying that I know exactly what you mean! ;) Haven't seen one in person though, but videos found online do convey what kind of racket they made.
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janvandyk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
never heard them. its time...
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masker-of-disguise Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome engine!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed! :)
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