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4/21/2021
 
 
 
 
 
By:Philip M. Goldstein
Dates:4/7/2021 - 4/7/2021
Album Info:So, Jack Smith gives me a heads up of an empty coal out of Donie that I should catch.. I go out to the end of my driveway, take my pictures - I don't see anything unusual - a typical SD70ACe.. So I inquire of him further: Apparently there are only about 100 of these ACe's and they are early production run. From crew reports, they have severe vibration issues and are unusually loud in the cab quarters. As such, they are usually restricted from leading. My interest piqued; I looked into it further: "On 12-2-10 BNSF issued General Notice 938 which reads in part: The following "North American Cab" locomotives are not suitable for lead or (crew) deadhead service: BNSF 9330-9399 NS 2649-2778 CSXT 4831-4850 UP 8309-8620 KCS 3997-3999 KCS 4030-4315 KCS 8600-8629 MRL 4300-4315 FEC 100-103 CN 8000-8024 All listed are EMD SD70ACe and SD70M-2 models only. The reason is numerous crew complaints regarding excessive noise and vibration." As a result, the units are referred to as "Thundercabs". After the complaints, subsequent production SD70ACe's were modified to isolate the cab from frame and carbody; reducing vibration and noise. Ya learn something new every day. Thanks Jack! BNSF Red River Division Houston Subdivision MP 168.46 - FM 977 gc Flynn, Texas, USA 07 April 2021 - 12:34 CDT BNSF E-DONBTM 03 (empty coal unit; Donie, TX / Limestone Generating Station to Black Thunder Mine, WY) BNSF 9318 [EMD SD70ACe - phase 1] BNSF 8999 [EMD SD70ACe - phase 2] + 3 DPU all images: © 2021 ~ Phantastic Pherroequinology / Philip M. Goldstein
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BNSF 9381
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Photo Date:  4/7/2021  Upload Date: 4/7/2021 2:30:10 PM
Location:  Flynn, TX
Author:  Philip M. Goldstein
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Locomotives:  BNSF 9381(SD70ACe)
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BNSF 9381
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Photo Date:  4/7/2021  Upload Date: 4/7/2021 2:30:10 PM
Location:  Flynn, TX
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BNSF 9381
Title:  BNSF 9381
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Photo Date:  4/7/2021  Upload Date: 4/7/2021 2:30:10 PM
Location:  Flynn, TX
Author:  Philip M. Goldstein
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BNSF 9381
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Photo Date:  4/7/2021  Upload Date: 4/7/2021 2:30:11 PM
Location:  Flynn, TX
Author:  Philip M. Goldstein
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