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GE 44-ton switcher

Diesel locomotive, Short ton, Horsepower

Miss Press (2011-07-10 )

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The GE 44-ton switcher is a 4-axle diesel locomotive built by General Electric between 1940 and 1956. It was designed for industrial and light switching duties, often replacing steam locomotives that had previously been assigned these chores. This locomotive's specific 44-short ton weight was directly related to one of the efficiencies the new diesel locomotives offered compared to their steam counterparts: reduced labour intensity. In the 1940s, the steam to diesel transition was in its infancy in North America, and railroad unions were trying to protect the locomotive fireman jobs that were redundant with diesel units. One measure taken to this end was a stipulation that locomotives weighing 90,000 pounds or more required a fireman in addition to an engineer. The 44-ton locomotive was born to skirt this requirement. Other manufacturers also built 44-ton switchers of center-cab configuration. 348 examples of this locomotive were built for North American railroads. Many remain, in service and in museums.
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Niek Yoan
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Carros, aviões, navios, viagens espaciais
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Switcher, Locomotive, electric, Steam, Diesel, locomotives, Electricity, Steamloom, Dieselmotoren

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