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EMD SW1500 Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The EMD SW1500 was a 1,500 hp (1,119 kW) Diesel-electric locomotive intended for switching service and built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division between June 1966 and January 1974. 808 examples were constructed. It was closely related to the less powerful EMD SW1000 model, forming a line of switchers powered by the new EMD 645 engine. The SW1500 replaced the SW1200 in the EMD product line, and was in turn replaced by the MP15DC.
The SW1500 was a substantially bulkier locomotive than the SW1200, with a much bulkier frame, larger cab and bigger hood. In many respects it was approaching a road switcher in abilities. While the SW1500 came as standard with AAR switcher trucks, the majority of them were delivered with the optional Flexicoil trucks which permitted speeds up to 60 mph (100 km/h). The SW1500 was, in fact, often operated as a road-switcher for branchline service, and continues in this role today.
The very similar SW1504 was fundamentally a SW1500 mounted on Blomberg trucks, and was produced for the Mexican national railroad, Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México.
Alton and Southern Railway
Alcoa Terminal Railroad
Apalachicola Northern Railroad
Ashley, Drew and Northern Railroad
Angelina and Neches River Railroad
Belt Railway of Chicago
Burlington Northern Railroad
Cambria and Indiana Railroad
Chattahoochee Valley Railway
Chicago Short Line Railroad
General Motors Electro-Motive Division
W.R. Grace Chemical
Great Northern Railway
Houston Belt and Terminal Railway
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
Illinois Terminal Railroad
Indianapolis Union Railway
Kansas City Southern Railway
Kentucky and Indiana Terminal Railroad
Lake Erie, Franklin and Clarion Railroad
Longview, Portland and Northern Railway
Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railway
Minnesota Taconite US Steel
Minnesota Transfer Railway
Mississippi Export Railroad
Missouri Pacific Railroad
New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
Patapsco and Back Rivers Railroad
Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad
Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad
Rock Island Line
Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway
St. Mary’s Railroad
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
Southern Pacific Railroad
St. Louis Southwestern Railway
Tennessee Eastman Corporation (Eastman Kodak)
Terminal Railroad Alabama State Docks
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad
U S Pipe and Foundry
Weyerhaeuser Timber Co.
Western Pacific Railroad
EMD SW1500 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel
Builder: General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Build date: June 1966 to January 1974
Total produced: 808
AAR wheel arrangement: B-B
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length: 44 ft 8 in (13.61 m)
Locomotive weight: 248,000 lb (112,491 kg)
Prime mover: EMD 645
Engine type: V12 2-stroke diesel
Aspiration: Roots blower
Displacement: 9,072 in3 (149 L)
Generator, Main: D32
Traction motors: D77/78DC
Cylinder size: 9.0625 in × 10 in (230.2 mm × 254.0 mm)
Locomotive brake: Straight air
Train brakes: Air
Power output: 1,500 hp (1,119 kW)
Locale: North America, South America
Kansas City Southern Railway No. 4358, an EMD SW1500.
By terry cantrell (originally posted to Flickr as KCS 4358) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Indiana Harbor Belt EMD SW1500 No. 1509.
RMPX EMD SW1500 No. 2680.
By terry cantrell (originally posted to Flickr as RMPX 2680) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
BNSF No. 3400, an EMD SW1500.
By Intelati (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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