FM H-16-66

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FM H-16-66
FM H-16-66 painted as CPR 7009.jpg
An FM H-16-66 painted as CPR 7009
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 12 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 14 in (17.33 m)
Width 10 ft 7 14 in (3.23 m)
Height 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
Loco weight 286,000 lb (130,000 kg; 130 t)
Prime mover 38D-12
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)
Loco 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)

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 #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 was referred to as the "Baby Trainmaster" by railfans; however, this was never a term employed by F-M.

Preserved units[edit]

Former Alcoa H-16-66 #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 historic Nelson CPR station, which, as of August 2013, is currently undergoing restoration. 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.

Units produced by Fairbanks-Morse (1951–1958)[edit]

Railroad Quantity Road numbers Notes
Chicago and North Western Railway 45 1510–1514, 1605–1612, 1668–1683, 1691–1700, 1901–1906  
Chicago and North Western Railway affiliate Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway 6 150, 168–172
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad   6 2125–2130 Renumbered 550–555; 553–555 renumbered 547–549
Squaw Creek Coal Company (Alcoa) 1 721001 Preserved
Tennessee Valley Authority 1 24 Renumbered F3060 and still in use as of 2007.
Total 59    


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