Locomotive 2021

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Locomotive 2021 returns with the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of motive power trends, new locomotive production, rebuilds, and other changes in North American fleets. This year’s edition also pays tribute to the GE FDL engine. Plus, you’ll find compelling photography and locomotive stories from industry insiders. Don’t miss the best locomotive guide of the year! 

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From the publisher of Trains magazine, Locomotive 2021 is back with the latest trends, statistics and inside stories from the exciting world of locomotives.

The 2021 edition features:

  • All-New Motive Power Review: An exclusive listing of new locomotives and major rebuilds in North America.
  • GE FDL Tribute: The “FDL family tree” tracing the lineage of GE locomotive models powered by the FDL engine.
  • Notable Contributors: Articles by Mike Iden, Blair Kooistra, J. David Ingles, David P. Morgan, and Chris Guss.
  • 1961 Annual Motive Power Review: Providing a 60-year perspective in comparison to the current scene.
  • And More!
Pages: 92

Today’s modern diesels have tremendous pulling power, have many new features yesterday’s motive power didn’t have, and in addition are typically painted in eye-catching, colorful schemes. 

In this volume you’ll find an informative review of dieseldom that covers multiple decades. Included is a 2020 new locomotive construction listing from General Electric, Progress EMD, Siemens and NREC, as well a listing of 2020 diesel rebuilds and modernizations. Another detailed listing shows the 2021 “big six” fleets consisting of nearly 26,000 diesel locomotives on the BNSF, CN, CP, CSX, NS and UP.

Then former editor of Trains magazine David P. Morgan gives his 13th annual motive power survey on U.S. railroads from the 1960s, while another feature delves into the origin of General Electric's 7DL diesel engine. The Wabtec-GE Legacy FDL engine is scrutinized, a search for diesels on eastern Washington state railroads is presented and J. David Ingles' ten favorite diesels—some famous, some unremarked—is featured.

EMD’s GP-35s, GE’s Dash 8-40CMs, Erie-built U-series locomotives and Trona Railway’s diesel power covers more ground in this booklet. Large colorful photos and detailed text make this an outstanding publication.

Don Heimburger—Heimburger House Publishing Company    

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