Diesel - Electric Locomo-
tive Number 62,000, Built
in 1936 and Now Operat-
ing on the Lines of the
Atchison, Topeka and San-
ta Fe Railway.
Power is supplied by a De La Vergne, 8-
cylinder, VO, 4-cycle Diesel engine which
is closely coupled to a Westinghouse generator.
Both engine and generator are mounted on a
structural welded bed plate.
A narrow engine hood gives good visibility
from the operator's cab which is located at the
rear of the locomotive. Doors in the sides
of the hood, and sliding hatches in the roof,
are provided for easy inspection and main-
tenance. This accessibility is a feature of all
the present Baldwin Diesel locomotives.
Each of the four pairs of wheels is provided
with a traction motor. The control is arranged
to absorb the nominal horsepower of the
Diesel engine over the operating range of the
locomotive, and at the same time prevent the
possibility of overloading the engine.
The New Orleans Public Belt locomotives
replaced steam switchers of the 0-6-0 type hav-
ing a tractive force of 30,000 pounds. Today,
the Diesels are demonstrating their superiority
in the speed and "snap" with which they
handle switching movements.
hp. Baldwin Diesel-electric locomotive. Since
its installation in June, 1939, this unit has
been giving a fine account of itself in switch-
The Reading locomotive, like the other
Baldwin 660-hp. Diesels, is equipped with a
De La Vergne, 6-cylinder, Model VO, 4-cycle
The electrical equipment includes Westing-
house, single-bearing, Railway type main gen-
erator with the driving end coupled to the en-
gine flywheel; an auxiliary generator, belt
driven and mounted on top of the main gener-
ator; and four traction motors. The control
system is electro-pneumatic with automatic
loading of the engine controlled by a differen-
tial exciter system. The battery equipment
consists of 56 cells with a capacity of 240
The locomotive has a built-up frame
mounted on two four-wheeled swivel trucks
with a traction motor mounted on each axle.
The Reading locomotive weighs approxi-
mately 194,000 pounds and develops a trac-
tive force of 58,200 pounds at 30 per cent ad-
hesion. The continuous rating is 28,000
pounds at a speed of 6.5 m.p.h.
Immediately following the building of the
Reading Diesel-electric locomotive, Baldwin
embarked on the program of building a stand-
ard line of 1,000-hp. and 660-hp. switching
locomotives, fully described elsewhere in this
One of Three 900-Horse-
Switching and Transfer
Locomotives, Built by
Baldwin in 1937 for New
Orleans Public Belt Rail-