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FM H-16-66 "Baby Trainmaster" Diesel-Electric Locomotive
The H-16-66 was a 1,600 horsepower (1.2 MW) locomotive, with a C-C wheel arrangement that was manufactured by Fairbanks-Morse from January 1951 until October 1958. Although sharing a common model designation, four different carbody variants were produced, though a total of only 59 locomotives were manufactured.

Those units produced between 1951 and 1953 (such as C&NW No. 1609) displayed Raymond Loewy design lines, similar to early model H-15-44s, and rode on Baldwin-style Commonwealth trucks, while later versions exhibited a more "boxy" road switcher body style which sat atop trimount trucks.

The last variation bore a strong resemblance to the H-24-66 "Train Master", and is referred to as the "Junior Train Master" or "Baby Train Master" by railfans due to being shorter at 56'-10 1/4" length vs. 66'-0" for its 2,400 horsepower bigger brother. The nicknames were applied by railfans, never a term employed by builder Fairbanks-Morse.

Preserved units
Former Alcoa H-16-66 No. 721001 is privately owned, and since 12 November 2012 has been stored in the small Canadian Pacific Railway rail yard at Nelson, British Columbia. Although never on the roster of the CPR, it has been repainted in the CPR's 1950s and 1960s "Tuscan and Grey" colour scheme, and bears the fictional numbering CPR 7009. This corresponds to the last in a number series formerly reserved for diesel demonstrators on the CPR. It is coupled to CPR C-liner 4104, which has also been repainted in the tuscan and grey colour scheme. The Baby Trainmaster and C-liner will eventually be placed on static display beside the recently restored historic Nelson CPR station. The siting of these locomotives here is fitting, as the CPR division around Nelson was one of the final redoubts of Fairbanks-Morse / Canadian Locomotive Company power in North America, and the former Nelson shop was among the last to specialize in the maintenance of these units.

Original Owners Units produced by Fairbanks-Morse (1951–1958)

Owner: Chicago and North Western Railway

Quantity: 45
Road numbers: 1510–1514, 1605–1612, 1668–1683, 1691–1700, 1901–1906

Owner: Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway (C&NW)

Quantity: 6
Road numbers: 150, 168–172

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

Quantity: 6
Road numbers: 2125–2130
Remarks: Renumbered 550–555; 553–555 renumbered 547–549.

Owner: Squaw Creek Coal Company (Alcoa)

Quantity: 1
Road numbers: 721001
Remarks: Preserved.

Owner: Tennessee Valley Authority

Quantity: 1
Road numbers: 24
Remarks: Renumbered F3060, currently stored and nonoperational.

Total Units: 59  

FM H-16-66 Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: Fairbanks-Morse
Model: H-16-66
Build date: 1951–1958
Total produced: 59
​ • AAR C-C
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Trucks: Baldwin-style Commonwealth or Tri-mount
Wheel diameter: 42 in (1,067 mm)
Minimum curve: 22° (260 ft or 79.25 m radius)
Wheelbase: 42 ft 3 in (12.88 m)
Length: 56 ft 10 1⁄4 in (17.33 m)
Width: 10 ft 7 1⁄4 in (3.23 m)
Height: 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
Locomotive weight: 286,000 lb (130,000 kg; 130 t)
Prime mover: FM 38D-8 1/8
Engine type: Two stroke, opposed piston diesel
Aspiration: Roots blower
Displacement: 8,295 cu in (135.93 L)
Generator: Westinghouse 472 BZ
Traction motors: (6) Westinghouse 370-GL
Cylinders: 8 cylinders (16 pistons)
Cylinder size: 8.125 in × 10 in (206 mm × 254 mm)
Locomotive brake: Straight air / Dynamic
Train brakes: Air
Performance figures
Maximum speed: 65 mph × 80 mph (105 km/h × 129 km/h)
Power output: 1,600 hp (1.19 MW)
Tractive effort: 112,000 lbf (498.2 kN)

See also:

FM H-24-66 "Trainmaster"


F-M Diesel-Electric Locomotives

Diesel-Electric Locomotives


FM H16-66 painted as CPR 7009. In the CPR railyard in Nelson, British Columbia, August 2012.

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FM H16-66 painted as CPR 7009. In the CPR railyard in Nelson, British Columbia, August 2012.

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