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SAL 2700
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Photo Date:  9/14/1963  Upload Date: 8/17/2005 2:33:13 PM
Location:  Wildwood, FL
Author:  Warren Calloway
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SAL 2700(DR-6-4-1500)
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SAL DR-6-4-1500 2700
Title:  SAL DR-6-4-1500 2700
Description:  Seaboard Air Line DR-6-4-1500 #2700 at LaGrange, Illinois on November 15, 1964, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Number 2700 was built by Baldwin in November 1947 (c/n 73396).

This photo was taken across the IHB main line from EMD, this locomotive is awaiting its date with Pielet Brothers Scrap Metal. This is not the appearance it had when it left Baldwin. The SAL purchased three cab units (#'s 2700-2702) known by the nickname "Babyface", and placed this unit in service November 23, 1947 at Tampa, Florida. Numbers 2701-2702 were placed in service January 1948 at Hamlet, North Carolina. When delivered, the nose door was flush with the cab front, no MU was visible, and the headlight was a single bulb with a refector. The only other railroad to purchase this model was the NYC, and those units had different style numberboards and a cast pilot with retractable couplers. Within a year of delivery, the NYC changed out the trucks in an attempt to improve riding qualities. The NYC units were stored by 1958, in spite of re-powering with EMD 567's in 1955, and off the roster by 1960. The SAL units operated mostly on secondary runs in Florida, lasting 17 years until traded to EMD for SDP35's in 1964.

Photo Date:  11/15/1964  Upload Date: 1/28/2011 9:07:16 PM
Location:  La Grange, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SAL 2700(DR-6-4-1500)
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SAL DR-6-4-1500 2700
Title:  SAL DR-6-4-1500 2700
Description:  Seaboard Air Line DR-6-4-1500 2700 at LaGrange, Illinois on November 15, 1964, photo by Chuck Zeiler. The SAL ordered this locomotive from Baldwin in September 1946 (c/n 73396), and placed it in service November 23, 1947 at Tampa, Florida. The DR-5-4-1500 model designation translates as: Diesel Road - 6 axles - 4 traction motors (the center axles were unpowered) - 1500 horsepower.

Only nine of this model were built, four A units and two B units for the NYC, and three A units for SAL. The SAL units remained essentially unchanged (except for headlight, front door, and MU connections), but the NYC replaced the GSC Commonwealth trucks with drop equalizer trucks in attempt to minimize the rough ride, and in the process, had to shorten the fuel tanks to accommodate the truck change. During the mid-1950's, the NYC sent all their DR-6-4-1500's to EMD and replaced the Baldwin 608SC prime movers with 567's, retaining the Westinghouse electrical gear, but replacing Baldwin's electro-pneumatic throttle and MU equipment with EMD's. Even that was not good enough, the NYC units were stored by 1958, and off the roster by December 1960. Behind 2700 in this photo are some B&O Sharknoses, and all are awaiting scrapping, traded to EMD for new power.

Photo Date:  11/15/1964  Upload Date: 2/6/2011 11:56:01 AM
Location:  La Grange, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SAL 2700(DR-6-4-1500)
Views:  1145   Comments: 0
SAL DR-6-4-1500 2701
Title:  SAL DR-6-4-1500 2701
Description:  SAL DR-6-4-1500 2701 at LaGrange, Illinois on November 15, 1964, photo by Chuck Zeiler. This is the last mile for this locomotive, built in January 1948 (c/n 73397), it's pictured on the on the Pielet Brothers Scrap Iron & Metal Company setout track. It was traded to EMD as credit for a SDP35, pictured in the lower left of the frame on EMD's setout track.

Baldwin built only seven cab and two booster units of this model. In February 1946, the NYC ordered two A-B-A sets, and SAL ordered three cab units (#'s 2700-2702), for a total production of nine units in seven months. The NYC introduced their units in service November 22, 1947, and the SAL placed their first unit number 2700 in service the next day. The SAL units spent their service life mostly on secondary runs in Florida, and after 17 years of service, were traded to EMD. Although the NYC re-powered their copies with EMD 567's, the SAL retained their original Baldwin 608SC diesels to the end. The SAL did modify the headlight, the door below the headlight, and added MU to the nose. The numberboards on the SAL units were a Baldwin design, although the NYC versions were more like EMD FT numberboards. The model designation DR-6-4-1500 translates to: Diesel Road, 6 axles, 4 traction motors, 1500 horsepower.

Photo Date:  11/15/1964  Upload Date: 2/7/2011 3:45:07 PM
Location:  La Grange, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SAL 2701(DR-6-4-1500)
Views:  956   Comments: 1
SAL DR-6-4-1500 2701
Title:  SAL DR-6-4-1500 2701
Description:  SAL DR-6-4-1500 2701 built January 1948 (c/n 73397) at Pielet Brothers setout track, LaGrange, Illinois on November 15, 1964, photo by Chuck Zeiler.

Baldwin designed the DR-6-4-1500 as a dual service locomotive to compete with EMD's F-3 and Alco's FA-1, but with the added advantage of being easy on light rail branch lines by virtue of its GSC Commonwealth A-1-A trucks. It was powered by the 8-cylinder turbocharged model 608SC diesel prime mover, and in comparison to the freight only DR-4-4-1500, it was slightly longer, 61 feet for the DR-6-4-1500, versus 55 feet 6 inches for the DR-4-4-1500. Only nine DR-6-4-1500's were built, seven cab units and two boosters. The SAL owned three cab units, all retired in 1964.

Photo Date:  11/15/1964  Upload Date: 2/11/2011 10:48:11 AM
Location:  La Grange, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SAL 2701(DR-6-4-1500)
Views:  1478   Comments: 2


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