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D&RGW No. 151, an F-M H-15-44 westboundwith 12 cars leaving Denver, Colorado, July 9, 1952.

FM H-15-44 Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The FM H-15-44 was a road switcher manufactured by Fairbanks-Morse from September 1947 to June 1950. The locomotive was powered by a 1,500-horsepower (1,100 kW), eight-cylinder opposed piston engine as its prime mover, and was configured in a B-B wheel arrangement mounted atop a pair of two-axle AAR Type-B road trucks with all axles powered. The H-15-44 featured an offset cab design that provided space for an optional steam generator in the short hood, making the model versatile enough to work in passenger service as well as freight duty.

Raymond Loewy heavily influenced the look of the unit, which emphasized sloping lines and accented such features as the radiator shutters and headlight mounting, as is found on CNJR No. 1501 and KCS No. 40. The cab-side window assembly incorporated "half moon"-shaped inoperable panes which resulted in an overall oblong shape. The platform (underframe) was shared with F-M's 2,000-horsepower (1,500 kW) end cab road switcher, the FM H-20-44, as was the carbody to some extent. The platform and carbody was also utilized by the H-15-44's successor, the FM H-16-44.

Only 35 units were built for American railroads and none exist today.

Original Buyers
Owner: Fairbanks-Morse (demonstrators)
Quantity: 2
Road number: 1500
Remarks: to Central Railroad of New Jersey 1500.

Road number: 1503
Remarks: Up-rated to 1,600 hp (1,200 kW) and sold Long Island Rail Road No. 1503.

Owner: Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad
Quantity: 1
Road number: 200

Owner: Central of Georgia Railway
Quantity: 5
Road numbers: 101–105

Owner: Central Railroad of New Jersey
Quantity: 13
Road numbers: 1501–1513

Owner: Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway (“Monon”)
Quantity: 2
Road numbers: 36–37
Remarks: Renumbered 45–46.

Owner: Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Quantity: 2
Road numbers: 400–401
Remarks: Re-engined by Electro-Motive Division.

Owner: Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Quantity: 3
Road numbers: 150–152

Owner: Kansas City Southern Railway (Louisiana and Arkansas Railway)
Quantity: 2
Road numbers: 40–41

Owner: Union Pacific
Quantity: 5
Road numbers: DS1325–DS1329
Remarks: Fitted with steam generator; DS prefix dropped in 1955.

Total Units: 35

FM H-15-44 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: Fairbanks-Morse
Model: H-15-44
Build date: September 1947–June 1950
Total produced: 35
​ • AAR B-B
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
Length: 51 ft 0 in (15.54 m)
Locomotive weight: 250,000 lb (113.4 t)
Prime mover: FM 38D-8 1/8
Engine type: Two-stroke diesel
Aspiration: Roots blower
Displacement 8,295 cu in (135.93 dm3)
Cylinders: 8 (Opposed piston)
Cylinder size: 8.125 in × 10 in (206 mm × 254 mm)
Transmission: DC generator, DC Traction motors
Locomotive brake: Straight air
Train brakes: Air
Performance figures
Maximum speed: 65 mph (105 km/h)
Power output: 1,500 hp (1.12 MW)
Tractive effort: 42,125 lbf (187.4 kN)
Locale: North America
Disposition: All scrapped

See also:


F-M Diesel-Elctric Locomotives

Diesel-Electric Locomotives


D&RGW No. 151, an F-M H-15-44 westboundwith 12 cars leaving Denver, Colorado, July 9, 1952.

By Denver Public Library., Fair use,​

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