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The Rebel
The Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad Rebels were lightweight, streamlined Diesel-electric trains built by
American Car and Foundry. The first two trains, purchased in 1935, provided service between New Orleans, Louisiana and Jackson, Tennessee. The third train, purchased in 1937, allowed service to be added between Jackson, Tennessee, and Mobile, Alabama. Unlike other earlier Diesel streamliners, these trains were not articulated, as their normal operation required adding and removing cars from the consist.

Gulf Mobile and Northern Rebels
The trains were powered by lightweight, shovel-nosed power cars, styled by
Otto Kuhler, and equipped with 600 hp, six-cylinder Alco Diesel 531 prime movers and Westinghouse electric transmission components. The units had an uncommon 2-B wheel arrangement, mounted atop a pair of road trucks. The aft section was divided into two separate compartments: one was used to transport baggage and the other served as a small railway post office, or RPO (the forward door, located just behind the radiator louvers, was equipped with a mail hook).

The Gulf, Mobile and Northern's "Rebel".

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Two of these power cars were purchased as part of the 1935 order, along with three buffet-coach cars, and two sleeper-observation cars. Normal operating procedure was for a northbound train to leave New Orleans with two coaches and an observation car. Due to lower ridership on the northern portion of the route, one of the 2 coaches would be removed from the northbound train at Jackson, Mississippi, and the train would continue on to Jackson, Tennessee as a 3 car consist. The southbound train would add the extra coach during its own stop at Jackson, Mississippi.

The 1937 order included a third power car, and 2 coach-sleepers. This third power car ran from Mobile, to Union, Mississippi with a single coach-sleeper, which was added to the northbound mainline train from New Orleans. It then returned to Mobile with the coach-sleeper from the southbound train.

While the original Rebel served New Orleans and Jackson, after the merger of the GM&N and Mobile and Ohio to created the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad in 1942, the trains route was extended to St. Louis. The powercars were scrapped in 1962.

Type and origin
Power type: Diesel-electric
Builder: American Car and Foundry
Build date: 1935
Total produced: 3

AAR wheel arrangement: 2-B
Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
Locomotive weight: 175,800 pounds
Prime mover: ALCO 531
Engine type: Four-stroke diesel
Generator: DC generator
Traction motors: DC traction motors
Cylinders: 6
Cylinder size: 12.50 in × 13.00 in
Transmission: Electric
Locomotive brake: Straight air
Train brakes: Air

Performance figures
Power output: 600 hp

Operators: Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad; Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Locale: North America
Disposition: All scrapped

See also:


Alco Diesels

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