Welcome to The Baldwin Diesel Zone

The Baldwin Diesel Zone is a railfan website dedicated to Baldwin diesels.
The goal is to provide:

  • on-line references, for example; Baldwin Diesel Locomotive Model & Production Guide

  • historical time lines, for example; Baldwin/De La Vergne Diesel Engine Development

  • a Photo Gallery that can follow the history of a particular unit, for example; Kaiser Steel 1028

  • an up to date roster of existing units, see the Roster of Existing Baldwin Diesels

    More detailed information and history can be found in the excellent books shown in the

    The success of this website is due to generous contributions in the form of photos, drawings, facts and figures, sightings, rumors, questions, etc. Thanks to all those who have contributed. List of contributors
  • Contact Info
    All Purpose Contact Address
    Any and all photo contributions, comments, ideas, questions, etc. are welcome.
    We are interested to hear about Baldwin diesels, past or present, located all over the world.

    e-mail baldwindiesels@cogeco.ca

    Sometimes emails get lost in the junk mail bin, so please try again if you don't hear back from us.

    note: our Yahoo e-mail address has been phased out

    We have two contacts for Baldwin questions relating to the continental United States. Please CC the above e-mail address as well.

    East Coast Contact

    West Coast Contact

    Photo Contributors
    The following people have generously contributed photos to this site:
      Tim Darnell Jack Neville Jim Pattillo Lon A. Coone
      John Komanesky Dick Glueck Robert A. Willis Stan Ulrich
      Larry Kuretich Ed Kaspriske Steve Hoskins Keith Ardinger
      Carl Farmer Olev Taremae John Stumreiter Peter Jobe
      George Landrock Dan Ruffner Al Tillotson Kevin A. Heggi
      Craig Levine FM Bill Christopher Robert Lambrecht
      Alan Miller John Rainey Andy Szabo John Mech
      Mark Jorgensen Sean Farren Tom Trencansky Pete Jensen
      Dave Kornfeld Mike Murray Doug Buell Bob Hanson
      Alex Rodriguez Hector Vazquez Lester Zmudzinski Don Ross
      Phil Duff Mike Carter Richard Louderback David Farlow
      Greg Borgwald Eddie Gross Ed Horm Roberto Yommi
      Ed Jarvis Vince Porreca Larry Bogert Larry Pursell
      Glenn Anderson Kim Piersol Kevin Kohls Tim McFeely
      Eric Berger Marc Malnekoff Gerry Putz Ken LeFevre
      Michael McILwaine Barry Maxfield David Hoge Mike Woodruff
      John Klemko Chuck Zeiler Matthew Imbrogno David Hutchinson
      Pedro Rezende Joao Bosco Setti John Powell Andy Inserra
      Dale W. Woodland Bill Lane Jim Selzer Chris Edmonds
      Craig Zeni Dan Dell'Unto Kermit Geary Marty Iftody
      Thomas Kautzor Cliff W. West John Bremner John Schumann
      Brian Hadley Guy Wilson Fred Dorffeld Charlie Tucker
      Ed Calvello Derick Sturke Bruce Butler Marc Pearsall
      Tim Lab Ryan Kertis Richard Caig Alan Partee
      John A. Joyce Alex Rodriguez Jean-Pierre Vergez Alan Maples
      Nick Todd Larry Tuttle Jeff Smith Sam Beck
      Gary Sonner Philip Géneau Fabrice Duvette Jim Gillin
      Richard Adams Russell Underwood Colorado Zephyr Kyle K. Wyatt
      Dan Waller Thomas E. Sandidge Frank Vollhardt Dave Simpson
      Alan Gaines Frank Ramiza Marty Bernard Robert Farkas
      Tom Hirsch Tom Moungovan Michael Koprowicz Mark Vogel
      Tim Wakeman Chuck Brewster Richard Getty Jonathan S. Spurlock
      Bradley Ogden Kevin Tomasic Rick Morgan Dave B
      Chris Raught Tom Simms Katie Black Mike Castellow
      Thomas Hillebrant David Morgan Jay Hastings Cathy Wallace
      John C. Benson Mitch Kennedy W.F. Graff, Sr. Kevin Klitze
      Roger Fuehring Bruce Butler Michael Zalewski Craig Rutherford
      Serge Weber

    The following people have generously contributed photos
    to our sister website, The Yardlimit , and are used on this site:
      Jeff Hartz Grant L. Ferguson
      Chuck Bohi CBWS
      Brian Nicholson Thomas Lawson, Jr.
      Juan Viladrosa John F. Bondura
      John C. Durant Jeff Burke
    Other Contributions
  • Advertising Tear Sheets - collection of Henry A. Rentschler, generously contributed to this site.
  • Baldwin Magazine Articles - collection of Henry A. Rentschler, generously contributed for reproduction.
  • Baldwin drawings signed by Herbert L. Broadbelt, S12, AS16, AS416 - from the collection of Kevin Kohls
  • Website History

    All About The Baldwin Diesel Zone

    by Mark Laundry

    November 2003

    Six months ago Tim Darnell shared with me some photos he had taken of Baldwin diesels at Bridgeport NJ. These photos represented a majority of the SMS/Penn Jersey Lines' roster and for a railfan who doesn't live in the area it was wonderful to see these rare units, especially since most are actually in service. Tim and I decided that surely these photos would be of interest to other railfans, and since there didn't seem to be a railfan website solely dedicated to Baldwin diesels we decided there should be one.

    The site was started using material from our collections: Tim's photos, some original slides and later some Baldwin ads that I had started to acquire. We hoped that other on-line railfans would share, with us and other railfans who visit this site, some of their Baldwin material. We didn't need to wait too long before we received some amazing contributions. We would like to thank the people in the "Photo Contributors" list above for sharing their photos with us.

    The great thing is that we have received Baldwin material from both the past and the present. For example, Stan Ulrich sent a photo of an ex. Navy VO1000 recently acquired by the Golden Gate Railroad Museum, we still don't know its history. Jack Neville and Ed Kaspriske have sent some amazing Baldwin photos from the past.

    That's not all, apart from photo contributions, Henry Rentschler has shared with us a slice of Baldwin history, maybe not known to many railfans, in the twenty "Replacement and Renewal Parts" magazine advertisements from his collection.

    In the past six months, thanks to all these generous contributions, the site has turned out to be something far more interesting, to fans of Baldwin diesels and railfans in general, than Tim and I could have created on our own. We welcome, and are looking forward to, any and all contributions, comments, ideas, etc. that you think would be of interest.

    Thanks again to all who have helped out.

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