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An A-B-A set of Fairbank-Morse Erie-builts are shown in Kansas City, Mo, February 13, 1954. Photo by Mac Owen.

An A-B-A set of Fairbank-Morse Erie-builts are shown in Kansas City, Mo, February 13, 1954. Photo by Mac Owen.
The lone A-B-A set of Erie-builts ordered by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, built in May 1947, hauled a number of its named passenger trains, among them the Super Chief and San Diegan.
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The lone A-B-A set of Erie-builts ordered by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, built in May 1947, hauled a number of its named passenger trains, among them the Super Chief and San Diegan.    By Brooksbank (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 

FM Erie-built Diesel Locomotive
The Erie-built was the first streamlined, cab-equipped dual service diesel locomotive built by Fairbanks-Morse, introduced as direct competition to such models as the ALCO PA and EMD E-unit. As F-M lacked the space to manufacture the units in their own plant, the work was subcontracted out to General Electric, which produced the locomotives at its Erie, Pennsylvania, facility, thereby giving rise to the name "Erie-built."

The unit's 2,000 hp, ten-cylinder opposed piston engine prime mover provided ample power to its A1A-A1A wheel set. F-M retained the services of renowned industrial designer Raymond Loewy to create a visually impressive car body for the Erie-built. The initial windshield configuration utilized rectangular glass panes, whereas those units manufactured after March, 1947 received curved glass. Most units rode on conventional General Steel Castings trucks, but many were fitted with specialized, fabricated assemblies. Eight of nine KCS Erie-builts were later re-powered with an EMD 567 series diesel engine rated at 1,750 horsepower.

82 cab-equipped lead A units and 29 cabless booster B units were built for American railroads between December 1945 and April 1949. Afterward, F-M continued to market dual service streamlined units under its Consolidated line of locomotives, more commonly referred to as "C-liners".

After their retirement, several Erie-built "B" unit hulks were sent to the Canadian Pacific for their incorporation in a quasi-portable CWR rail welding plant then located at Smiths Falls, Ontario. These units were painted in a reverse "Erie-Lackawanna-style" CP Paint Scheme, as this was just before CP Adopted the CP Rail multi-mark paint. Around 1990, the CP CWR plant with the Erie-Built units was moved to CP Transcona near Winnipeg. When-to-be-scrapped, four Erie-built trucks were salvaged from the CP welding plant units and these trucks were sent to Oregon to be placed under two truckless ex-D&H/ATSF Alco-GE PAs returned from Mexico.

No intact Erie-built units are known to survive today.

Units produced
A units (cabs)
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway

Quantity: 2
Road numbers: 90, 90B

Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway (a Chicago and North Western Railway subsidiary)

Quantity: 4
Road numbers: 6001A, 6001B, 6002A, 6002B

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad

Quantity: 14
Road numbers: 5A–9A, 5C–9C, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B
Notes: Renumbered 5A–14A, 11B–14B

Kansas City Southern Railway

Quantity: 6
Road numbers: 60A, 60C, 61A, 61C, 62A, 62C
Notes: 62A, 62C owned by subsidiary Louisiana and Arkansas Railway. All except 62C re-powered by EMD.

New York Central Railroad

Quantity: 12
Road numbers: 4400–4405, 5000–5005

Pennsylvania Railroad

Quantity: 36
Road numbers: 9456A–9491A

Union Pacific Railroad

Quantity: 8
Road numbers: 700–707
Notes: Renumbered 650–657 in 1955. *

Total: 82

B units (cabless boosters)

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Quantity: 1
Road numbers: 90A

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad

Quantity: 6
Road numbers: 5B–9B, 21C
Notes: 21C renumbered 10B.

Kansas City Southern Railway

Quantity: 3
Road numbers: 60B, 61B, 62B
Notes: 62B owned by subsidiary Louisiana and Arkansas Railway. All re-powered by EMD.

New York Central Railroad

Quantity: 2
Road numbers: 5100–5101

Pennsylvania Railroad

Quantity: 12
Road numbers: 9456B–9478B (even numbers only)

Union Pacific Railroad

Quantity: 5
Road numbers: 700B, 702B–704B, 706B
Notes: Renumbered 650B, 652B–654B, 656B in 1955. *

Total: 29

* Note: Union Pacific cab/booster/cab set 700 / 700B / 701 was originally Fairbanks-Morse demonstrator set 50-M-1A / 50-M-3B / 50-M-2A; became 981A / 983B / 982A in 1947, then 700 / 700B / 701 in 1948. Cab/booster sets 702 / 702B and 703 / 703B delivered as 984A / 986B and 985A / 987B.

F-M Erie-Built Overview

Type and origin
Power type: Diesel
Builder: Fairbanks-Morse (General Electric Erie, Pennsylvania plant)
Model: Erie-built
Build date: December 1945 to April 1949
Total produced: 82 cab units, 29 booster units
Specifications
AAR wheel arrangement: A1A-A1A
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in
Wheel diameter: 40 in
Minimum curve: 210 (273 ft radius)
Wheelbase: 51 ft 11 in
Length: 64 ft 10 in
Width: 10 ft 6 in
Height: 15 ft 7 in
Prime mover: FM 38D-10
Engine RPM range: 850 r.p.m. max
Engine type: Opposed piston diesel
Displacement: 10,369 cu in
Generator: FM GT-567
Traction motors: (4) GE 746
Cylinders: 10
Cylinder size: 8.125 by 10 inches
Performance figures
Power output: 2,000 hp
Tractive effort: 54,850 lbf
Train heating: Steam generator
Train brakes: Air
Career
Disposition: All scrapped

See also:

Fairbanks-Morse

F-M Diesel-Electric Locomotives

Diesel-Electric Locomotives

Locomotives