30 Locomotive Power Move
A rare catch as a “consist” of 30 locomotives put on quite a display!
Sprinkled in with the GE Dash 8-40CW locomotives are a couple of Santa Fe engines still painted with their “war bonnet” paint schemes!
This consist (meaning formation) is using two powered units in front (GE ES44DC’s) and two DPU‘s (distributed power units) at the rear. All of the rest are DIC‘s (meaning dead in consist or in formation).
All of the locomotive units are weighing in at approximately 400,000 pounds giving the train a total of 12,000,000 pounds of weight!
Destined for the Canadian National Railway once refurbished and repainted, these units will see plenty of work when delivered. They replaced older model SD40-2’s in the Canadian National Railway locomotive roster.
Some railroad terms:
- Consist- a group or formation of locomotives and/or railcars.
- DIC-dead in consist- deadheading or having no power turned on.
- DIB-delay in block- if you stop or slow to below 10mph, you have to be prepared to stop at the next signal.
Let us know if you have ever seen a grouping of locomotives being transported in a procession such as this! It must be awesome to see!