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Diesel Locomotives by Fairbanks-Morse[Inhalt]
Fairbanks-Morse H-10-44, H-12-44 and H-12-44TS
United States | 1944 | 534 produced
Two H-10-44s with a freight train in Philadelphia in June 1950
Two H-10-44s with a freight train in Philadelphia in June 1950
collection Taylor Rush

From 1944, Fairbanks-Morse offered the H-10-44 as a yard switcher with a two-stroke, six-cylinder, opposed-piston engine. The exterior was designed by Raymond Loewy, which could be recognized by a slanted nose, sloping shapes and a protruding cab roof. After many had been later set to 1,200 hp, the H-12-44 with the same power was offered from 1950. From 1952 the exterior was simplified to save on production costs. The H-12-44TS was a road switcher with a short hood in front of the cab. This variant was only built three times for the ATSF.

VariantH-10-44H-12-44, H-12-44TS
General
Built1944-19501950-1961
ManufacturerFairbanks-Morse, Canadian Locomotive Company
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length48 ft 10 in
Wheelbase33 ft 6 in
Fixed wheelbase8 ft
Service weight240,000 lbs
Adhesive weight240,000 lbs
Axle load60,000 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed60 mph
Starting effort40,500 lbf
EngineFairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8
Engine type6-cyl. opposed diesel
Engine output1,000 hp (746 kW)1,200 hp (895 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
switcher
freight
last changed: 08/2023
Fairbanks-Morse H-15-44, H-16-44 and H-20-44
United States | 1947 | 35 produced
Central Railroad of New Jersey H-15-44 No. 1503 in November 1949 in Jersey City
Central Railroad of New Jersey H-15-44 No. 1503 in November 1949 in Jersey City
Roger Puta

After the H-10-44 switcher, Fairbanks-Morse introduced the first road switcher in 1947. Here, too, not only was a variant of the same opposed-piston diesel used, but also again the exterior design by Raymond Loewy with rounded shapes. They were optionally available with a steam boiler so that they could also be used in front of passenger trains.

The first model was the H-20-44, the designation standing for 2,000 hp and four driven axles out of a total of four. The engine here had ten cylinders and its output represented a top value for four-axle diesel locomotives. The cab was located at the end of the locomotive, whereby the short front end was omitted. A total of 96 examples were made between June 1947 and March 1954, all of which went to US customers. For cost reasons, a simpler form of the locomotive body was chosen for the last locomotives, which used fewer curves. A six-axle variant H-20-66 was planned, but was not realized due to a lack of orders.

Two H-20-44s of the Pennsylvania Railroad in August 1970 at Baltimore, Maryland
Two H-20-44s of the Pennsylvania Railroad in August 1970 at Baltimore, Maryland
Roger Puta

Three months after the H-20-44, production of the H-15-44 started, which featured an eight-cylinder, 1,500 hp variant of the engine. It also now had a short hood, as found on other road switchers. 35 examples had been delivered to US customers by 1950, when production switched to the H-16-44. With an output increased by 100 hp, 209 units were delivered to US customers and another 32 were exported to Mexico. In addition, 58 examples were built at the Canadian Locomotive Company, which were only intended for the Canadian market.

VariantFM H-15-44H-16-44H-20-44
General
Built1947-19501950-19631947-1954
ManufacturerFairbanks-MorseFairbanks-Morse, Canadian Locomotive Co.Fairbanks-Morse
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length51 ft 0 in
Wheelbase39 ft 4 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 4 in
Service weight250,000 lbs254,000 lbs
Adhesive weight250,000 lbs254,000 lbs
Axle load62,500 lbs63,500 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed65 mph70 mph
Starting effort42,000 lbf
EngineFairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8
Engine type8-cyl. opposed diesel10-cyl. opposed diesel
Engine output1,500 hp (1,119 kW)1,600 hp (1,193 kW)2,000 hp (1,491 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
last changed: 09/2022
Fairbanks-Morse Consolidated line (passenger)
United States | 1950 | 60 produced
Two CPA-24-5 demonstrators later owned by the New Haven
Two CPA-24-5 demonstrators later owned by the New Haven
VariantCPA-16-4, CPB-16-4CPA-16-5, CPB-16-5CPA-20-5CPA-24-5
General
Built1951-19541954-195519501951-1952
ManufacturerFairbanks-Morse
Axle configB-B B-A1A 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length56 ft 3 in
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
EngineFairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8
Engine type8-cyl. opposed diesel10-cyl. opposed diesel12-cyl. opposed diesel
Engine output1,600 hp (1,193 kW)2,001 hp (1,492 kW)2,400 hp (1,790 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
passenger
last changed: 09 2023
Fairbanks-Morse Consolidated line (freight)
United States | 1950 | 105 produced
VariantCFA-16-4, CFB-16-4CFA-20-4, CFB-20-4
General
Built1950-19521950
ManufacturerFairbanks-Morse
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length56 ft 3 in
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
EngineFairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8
Engine type8-cyl. opposed diesel, 10-cyl. opposed diesel, 12-cyl. opposed diesel10-cyl. opposed diesel
Engine output1,600 hp (1,193 kW)2,000 hp (1,491 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
last changed: 09 2023
Fairbanks-Morse H-12-46
Canada | 1951 | 30 produced
General
Built1951-1953
ManufacturerFairbanks-Morse
Axle configA1A-A1A 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed60 mph
EngineFairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8
Engine type6-cyl. opposed diesel
Engine output1,200 hp (895 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
last changed: 09 2023
Fairbanks-Morse H-16-66
United States | 1951 | 59 produced
Former Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America) locomotive in Canadian Pacific livery on display in Nelson, British Columbia
Former Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America) locomotive in Canadian Pacific livery on display in Nelson, British Columbia
Fawcett5
General
Built1951-1958
ManufacturerFairbanks-Morse
Axle configC-C 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length56 ft 10 1/4 in
Wheelbase42 ft 3 in
Fixed wheelbase13 ft
Service weight286,000 lbs
Adhesive weight286,000 lbs
Axle load47,667 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed80 mph
Starting effort112,000 lbf
EngineFairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8
Engine type8-cyl. opposed diesel
Engine output1,600 hp (1,193 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
last changed: 09 2023
Fairbanks-Morse H-24-66 “Train Master”
United States | 1953 | 127 produced
Southern Pacific No. 3031 with a commuter train at San Francisco in February 1971
Southern Pacific No. 3031 with a commuter train at San Francisco in February 1971
Roger Puta

As a successor to the Consolidation line, Fairbanks-Morse offered the “Train Master” from 1953. After four-axle road switchers had already been manufactured from 1947, this six-axle locomotive was also designed in this form. As a result, there were now narrow hoods in the highest power class which offered good visibility in both directions of travel. The model designation indicated 2,400 hp and six out of six powered axles.

In 1953, the twelve-cylinder opposed-piston diesel from the most powerful variant of the Consolidation was still the most powerful single diesel engine in a locomotive. It was not until 1958 that EMD was able to offer a locomotive with the same power. At the time of the H-24-66, this power was still considered too high by some railway companies. The increased maintenance requirements of the engine and other shortcomings ultimately meant that Fairbanks-Morse, including the demonstrators, could only produce 107 of these locomotives and the Canadian licensee was only able to sell 20 more.

General
Built1953-1957
ManufacturerFairbanks-Morse, Canadian Locomotive Co.
Axle configC-C 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length66 ft 0 in
Service weight375,000 lbs
Adhesive weight375,000 lbs
Axle load62,500 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed80 mph
Starting effort112,000 lbf
EngineFairbanks-Morse 38D-8 1/8
Engine type12-cyl. opposed diesel
Engine output2,400 hp (1,790 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
last changed: 03/2023
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