GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era

GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era

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GE’s Dash 8 C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
 
GEs Dash 8 - C Series Dieselization Enters the Third Generation by Diesel Era
Soft Cover
120 pages
Copyright 1994
CONTENTS
Dieselization Enters the Third Generation 5
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe 13
B.C. Rail 25
Canadian National31
Chicago & North Western 39
Conrail49
CSX Transportation61
Norfolk Southern77
Quebec, North Shore & Labrador86
Union Pacific87
Dash 8s in Color105
Inside the North American Cab113
Dash 8 C Series Roster 115
Bibliography 117
Index118
INTRODUCTION:                                                                                                                                 
The first locomotive of what many consider to be the third generation of America's diesel era rolled out of General Electric's Erie (Pa.) plant in November 1987. Painted and lettered for its owner, Union Pacific, the 391,000-pound giant introduced the latest in computer technology coupled to a 4,000-horsepower, 16-cylinder prime mover.
The Dash 8 line was developed throughout the early- and mid-1980s in conjunction with a major upgrade of GE's Erie, Pa., locomotive plant, making it a "factory of the future." The new shop included a fully automated traction motor assembly line that used microprocessor-controlled robot arms to manufacture this vital component.
While the FT model brought the widespread use of the internal combustion engine to America's freight railroads in the 1940s and the GP30 introduced dieselization's second generation in the 1960s - an era of high-speed, high-horsepower turbocharged locomotives - GE's Dash 8 series is just as revolutionary. The model continues the high-horsepower tradition, but uses computers to mate the high output with improved reliability, increased fuel efficiency, and higher tractive effort. The new locomotive not only increased GE's share of the domestic locomotive market, but also allowed the company to outsell its longtime competitor, General Motors' Electro-Motive Division, for the first time in history. This success was hard fought, beginning in 1962 with the introduction of the U25B model, GE's first domestic road locomotive.

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