NYC DFA-1a & DFB-1a

NYC 1600/2400/2401/1601 (Electro-Motive, June 1944) was the first of two, four-section (A-B-B-A) 5400 hp FT locomotives delivered to the New York Central Railroad.  They were classed as DFA-1a (A-Unit) and DFB-1a (B-Unit). Originally EMC (so named until January 1st 1941 when they became EMD) designated the A-Unit and B-Unit as: first section and second section, respectively.  Why did they do this, after all there were cab-equipped A-Units and cab-less booster B-Units in their passenger Model E line already in service? The first & second sections together were considered one 2700 hp locomotive, the Model F.  It was designed in two … Continue reading NYC DFA-1a & DFB-1a


Canada Southern 482790 is a member of Lot 344 F flat cars built in 1916-17 (St Thomas, Ontario) for the parent Michigan Central Railroad.  They were lettered originally for the MCRR as 32750-32899.  In 1941 they were re-lettered for the CASO and given the road numbers 482750-482899.  At that time New York Central System open topped freight cars (hoppers, gondolas, flats) changed their color scheme from black to freight car red. Canada Southern was a New York Central subsidiary in my era of interest.  Previously under Michigan Central control, the CASO provided an easy route through Southern Ontario from Niagara … Continue reading LOT 344 F FLAT CAR


A notable Canadian contribution to Allied Victory in World War II was the Canadian Military Pattern series of trucks produced by both Ford and General Motors (Chevrolet).  Over 410,000 were made using standardized cabs and bodies. The most identifiable cab was known as the No. 13 Cab.  The obvious distinguishing feature is the back-slanted windshield (an attempt to reduce the chances of sun-glare reflections that might give away its position to opposing forces).  Among the many body styles available, one of the most common was the 3-Ton GS (General Service or cargo) version, equivalent in roles to the US Army … Continue reading CMP 3-TONNERS