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Virginian Railway No. 36, an F-M H-16-44, crosses the Norfolk and Western mainline at South Norfolk, Virginia in 1956.

Virginian Railway No. 36, an F-M H-16-44, crosses the Norfolk and Western mainline at South Norfolk, Virginia in 1956.

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FM H-16-44 Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The FM H-16-44 was a road switcher produced by Fairbanks-Morse from April 1950 – February 1963. The locomotive shared an identical platform and carbody with the predecessor Model FM H-15-44 (but not the FM H-20-44 end cab road switcher which used a different carbody and frame and a larger prime mover), and were equipped with the same eight-cylinder opposed piston engine that had been uprated to 1,600 horsepower (1,200 kW). The H-16-44 was configured in a B-B wheel arrangement, mounted atop a pair of two-axle AAR Type-B road trucks with all axles powered. In late 1950, the AAR trucks were almost exclusively replaced with the same units found on the company's "C-liner" locomotives.

As with many of their F–M contemporaries, the H-16-44s produced through 1954 (ATSF No. 3010 for example) featured numerous Raymond Loewy design touches, in this case largely manifested in the form of sloping body lines and a noticeable protrusion in the long hood around the radiator shutters. Cab side window units include inoperable "half moon"-shaped panes, resulting in an oblong-shaped assembly. To reduce manufacturing costs, the curved window panes were eliminated from later models, and from 1953 onward the raised, elongated headlight mounting was omitted. Units built in the "Spartanized" fashion can be spotted by their straight ends, coupled with the lack of superfluous trim. Ventilation slots were added at the battery box to reduce the possibility of explosions. The final production phase, which commenced in March 1955, turned out units that most closely resembled the Fairbanks–Morse "Train Master" series.

209 were built for American railroads, 58 were manufactured from March 1955 – June 1957 by the Canadian Locomotive Company for use in Canada, and 32 units were exported to Mexico. Only three intact examples of the H-16-44 are known to survive today; one is the property of a Canadian railroad historical society, while the others are owned by Chihuahua al Pacífico and displayed in front of two of their depots in Mexico (at least one has also been put to use by the motion picture industry, and was seen dressed out as "SCOP No. 101" in the town of Nuevo Casa Grande in May, 1988).

Units produced by Fairbanks-Morse (1950–1963)

Owner: Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad

Quantity: 8
Road numbers: 201–208

Owner: Alabama Great Southern Railroad

Quantity: 6
Road numbers: 6545–6550

Owner: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway

Quantity: 20
Road numbers: 2800–2819

Owner: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

Quantity: 10
Road numbers: 906, 907, 925–927, 6705–6709

Owner: Bosque de Chihuahua (Mexico)

Quantity: 2
Road numbers: 501, 1000

Owner: Central Railroad of New Jersey

Quantity: 4
Road numbers: 1514–1517

Owner: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road)

Quantity: 37
Road numbers: 2450–2516

Owner: Chihuahua al Pacífico (Mexico)

Quantity: 30
Road numbers: 501–525, 600–605

Owner: Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad

Quantity: 6
Road numbers: 930–935

Owner: Long Island Rail Road

Quantity: 8
Road numbers: 1501–1509

Owner: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (Katy)

Quantity: 5
Road numbers: 1591, 1731–1734

Owner: New York Central Railroad

Quantity: 13
Road numbers: 7000–7012

Owner: New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad

Quantity: 25
Road numbers: 560–569, 1600–1619

Owner: Pennsylvania Railroad

Quantity: 10
Road numbers: 8807–8816

Owner: Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad

Quantity: 4
Road numbers: 90–93

Owner: Southern Railway

Quantity: 10
Road numbers: 2146–2155

Owner: Union Pacific

Quantity: 3
Road numbers: DS1340–DS1342

Owner: Virginian Railway

Quantity: 40
Road numbers: 10–49

Units produced by the Canadian Locomotive Company (1955–1957)

Owner: Canadian National Railway

Quantity: 18
Road numbers: 1841–1858

Owner: Canadian Pacific Railway

Road numbers: Quantity: 40
8547–8556, 8601–8610, 8709–8728

FM H-16-44 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: Fairbanks-Morse
Model: H-16-44
Build date: April 1950 – February 1963
Total produced: 299
Specifications
Configuration:
​ • AAR B-B
 • UIC 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 tonnes)
Prime mover: FM 38D-8 1/8
Engine type: Two-stroke diesel
Aspiration: Roots blower
Displacement: 8,295 cu in (135,930 cm3)
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: 1,600 hp (1.19 MW)
Tractive effort: 42,125 lbf (187.4 kN)
Career
Locale: North America

See also:

Fairbanks Morse

F-M Diesel-Electric Locomotives

Diesel-Electric Locomotives

Locomotives