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Milwaukee Road EMD E7 units Nos. 16A and 16B lead the "Afternoon Hiawatha" in 1956.

Milwaukee Road EMD E7 units Nos. 16A and 16B lead the Afternoon Hiawatha in 1956.
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EMD E7 Diesel-Electric Locomotive

The E7 was a 2,000-horsepower, A1A-A1A passenger train locomotive built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois. 428 cab versions, or E7As, were built from February 1945 to April 1949; 82 booster E7Bs were built from March 1945 to July 1948. (Circa 1953 one more E7A was built by the Los Angeles General Shops of the Southern Pacific by rebuilding an E2A.) The 2,000 hp came from two 12 cylinder model 567A engines. Each engine drove its own electrical generator to power the two traction motors on one truck. The E7 was the eighth model in a line of passenger diesels of similar design known as EMD E-units.

In profile the front of the nose of an E7A was less slanted than on earlier EMD passenger locomotives, and the E7, E8, and E9 units have been nicknamed “bulldog nose” units. Some earlier units were called “shovel nose” units or “slant nose” units.

A Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad E7A, No. 103-A, appears at the start and end of the 1967 film In The Heat Of The Night.

A Southern Pacific E7A, No. 6001, is on the point of a train that figures prominently in The Hitch-Hiker, a popular 1960 episode of the anthology television series, The Twilight Zone, starring Inger Stevens. (According to the narration, Steven's character is said to encounter the train somewhere between Pennsylvania and Tennessee, yet the locomotive's number board shows that the train, No. 99, is the Coast Daylight, which travelled between Los Angeles and San Francisco.)

The only E7 that survives today is owned by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, in Strasburg, Pennsylvania and is ex-Pennsylvania Railroad E7A No. 5901. This locomotive has been cosmetically restored, and is on indoor display.

Original owners:

Electro-Motive Division (demonstrator)
A units: 1. No. 765
Note: to Union Pacific 988 Train of Tomorrow unit. Was rebuilt into an E9A and is currently at Danbury Railway Museum in Connecticut, and was restored into the New York Central "lightning stripe" paint scheme.

Alton Railroad

A units: 7. Nos. 101,A–103,A, 100
Note: to GM&O in 1947.

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
A units: 20. Nos. 524–543
B units: 10. Nos. 755–764

Bangor and Aroostook Railroad

A units: 2. Nos. 700–701
Note: renumbered 10–11. Both Re-geared for freight in 1962.

Boston and Maine Railroad
A units: 21. Nos. 3800–3820

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
A units: 18. Nos. 64,A–80,A
Note: Even numbers only.

Central of Georgia Railway

A units: 10. Nos. 801–810

Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
A units: 4. Nos. 95–98

Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
A units: 3. Nos. 1100–1102

Chicago and North Western Railway
A units: 26. Nos. 5007B, 5008A,B–5019A,B, 5020A

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
A units: 44. Nos. 9916A,B–9936A,B, 9937A, 9949

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
A units: 11. Nos. 632–642
B units: 9. Nos. 633B–634B, 637B–642B

Florida East Coast Railway
A units: 17. Nos. 1006–1022
B units: 3. Nos. 1052–1054

Great Northern Railway
A units: 13. Nos. 500A,B–504A,B, 510A–512A
Note: Nos. 500A,B–504A,B renumbered Nos. 500A–509A

Illinois Central Railroad

A units: 14. Nos. 4005–4017, 4000
B units: 4. Nos. 4100–4103

Louisville and Nashville Railroad
A units: 12. Nos. 458A,B–461A,B, 790–793

Maine Central Railroad
A units: 7. Nos. 705–711

Milwaukee Road
A units: 10. Nos. 16A,B–20A,B
Note: Nos. 16A, 16B shown above.

Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

A units: 2. Nos. 101A,101B

Missouri Pacific Railroad
A units: 9. Nos. 7004–7006, 7010–7011, 7014–7017
B units: 7. Nos. 7004B, 7010B–7011B, 7014B–7017B
Note: renumbered 13–15, 19–20, 23–26, 13B–15B, 17B–20B.

Missouri Pacific Railroad (International-Great Northern Railroad)

A units: 3. Nos. 7007, 7012–7013
B units: 1. No. 7012B
Note: renumbered 16, 21–22, 16B.

Missouri Pacific Railroad (St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway)
A units: 2. Nos. 7008–7009
Note: renumbered 17–18.

New York Central Railroad

A units: 36. Nos. 4000–4035
B units: 14. Nos. 4100–4113

Pere Marquette Railway
A units: 8. Nos. 101–108

Pennsylvania Railroad
A units: 46. Nos. 5900A–5901A, 5840A–5883A
A units: 14. Nos. 5840B–5864B (even only), 5900B
Note: 5901A survives and is preserved.

Seaboard Air Line Railroad

A units: 32. Nos. 3017–3048
B units: 3. Nos. 3105–3107

St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
A units: 6. Nos. 2000–2005
Note: Later rebuilt to look like E8's, but retained the same E7 inner workings.

Southern Railway

A units: 18. Nos. 2905–2922

Southern Pacific Company
A units: 5. Nos. 6000A–6004A
B units: 10. Nos. 6000B,C–6004B,C
A unit: 1. No. 6017
Note: Model E7m, rebuilt from an E2A at Los Angeles Shops.

Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway

A units: 1. No. 750
Note: to Burlington Northern No. 9900.

Texas and Pacific Railway
A units: 10. Nos. 2000–2009
Note: renumbered 1–10.

Union Pacific Railroad

A units: 4. Nos. 959A–960A, 930A–931A
B units: 3. Nos. 961B–963B
Note: Joint UP-C&NW.
A units: 1. No. 927A
B units: 2. Nos. 928B–929B
Note: Joint UP-SP-C&NW.
A units: 1. No. 907A
B units: 2. Nos. 908B–909B

Wabash Railroad
A units: 4. Nos. 1000, 1001,A, 1002

Total A units: 429

Total B units: 82

See also:

List of GM-EMD Diesel-Electric locomotives

EMC - EMD - GM Electro-Motive Division

Diesel-Electric Locomotives


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