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Owner: Chicago Burlington & Quincy
Model:EMD SD24Built As:CBQ 509 (SD24)
Serial Number:25206Order No:5598
Frame Number:5598-10Built:5/1959
Notes:blt 5/1959 BN 6249 ret 6/1982
Other locos with this serial:  CBQ 509(SD24) BN 6249(SD24)
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CB&Q SD24 509
Title:  CB&Q SD24 509
Description:  Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad SD24 509 eastbound at Sugar Grove (thanks to Bob Campbell for the location info), Illinois on an unknown day in June 1963, photograph by Chuck Zeiler. I'm not certain about either the date or the location. For sure it's the summer of 1963, and the location is somewhere between Aurora and Oregon, Illinois. The SD24 is eastbound on the Aurora - Savanna subdivision, and I'm standing on the short end of GP7 241 on the head end of the westbound Oregon Way Freight. The Oregon Way Freight was perhaps the last mixed train service in Illinois on the CB&Q. In place of the usual waycar (caboose) was a 40 foot combine mail/coach. There was no mail carried on the way freight, but the combine had been built for that service. I would purchase a round trip ticket in Aurora, and the ticket agent would direct me to the platform for the arriving Train # 21, the Morning Zephyr. I would tell the agent that I wanted to ride the Oregon Way Freight. That would usually get a peculiar look from the agent, and I would be directed to the platform next the the freight by-pass track. The arriving way freight usually had to be notified that it had a passenger, so rare was that instance. The presence of a passenger was an annoyance to the rear end crew, and a railfan was particularly annoying, but the crew had made accommodations for that event, and a wood slat was installed for each mail compartment door, and I was allowed to hang out the door for the trip. If I was too annoying, I was banished to the head end for the head end crew to watch over me, resulting in a cab ride and this photo. I recall one instance of a lone passenger being picked up at some rural location. The way freight came to a halt with the coach steps over a rural crossing. The conductor got off the train and helped a little old lady board. When we got under way, she paid her fare with fresh eggs and a ham sandwich for each of us, including me. The train stopped again at another rural crossing several miles further west, and the little old lady got off and ambled down to a nearby farmhouse.
Photo Date:  6/1/1963  Upload Date: 9/18/2008 12:48:02 PM
Location:  Sugar Grove, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Action
Locomotives:  CBQ 509(SD24)
Views:  543   Comments: 3
CB&Q SD24 #509 and Sister in Yard
Title:  CB&Q SD24 #509 and Sister in Yard
Description: 
Photo Date:  6/19/1964  Upload Date: 11/30/2006 9:35:35 PM
Location:  Saint Paul, MN
Author:  Marty Bernard
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CBQ 509(SD24)
Views:  796   Comments: 2
CB&Q SD24 509
Title:  CB&Q SD24 509
Description:  Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad SD24 509 at Clyde, Illinois on March 7, 1965, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built in May 1959 (c/n 25206) on EMD Order 5598 for 16 SD24's, it became BN 6249 and was retired in June 1982.

A couple of notes about the SD24 in general: the semi-circular bulge in the hood behind the cab is often referred to as the turbocharger bulge; in fact the bulge accommodated the traction motor and generator blowers. The SD24 was the only EMD product equipped with D-47 traction motors which did not work in its favor when it came to stocking replacement parts. And, the SD24 was EMD's fist foray into the turbocharger arena, and like most first efforts, it was not without problems.

Photo Date:  3/7/1965  Upload Date: 8/29/2008 10:02:47 AM
Location:  Clyde (subdivision), IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CBQ 509(SD24)
Views:  1006   Comments: 1


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