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FT Diesel-Electric Locomotive

 
 
FT Diesel-Electric Locomotive Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 1, 2017
1. FT Diesel-Electric Locomotive Marker
Inscription.
Locomotora diesel-electrica FT.
Unidad A, SBC-2203

In 1939 la General Motors Corporation (GMC) y la Electro-Motive Corporation (EMC) se propusieron diseñar y construir una locomotora que pudiera ser producida de manera masiva y que cualquier ferrocarril pudiera ordenar con sólo variaciones menores para ser utilizada en situaciones diversas, como zonas desérticas con escasez de agua o áreas montañosas. El resultado fue la locomotora modelo FT, y con su llegada se vislumbró la transición de las locomotoras de tracción de vapor por las de tracción diesel-eléctricas. Por primera vez se tenía una locomotora para servicio de carga capaz de sustituir de manera ventajosa, a las grandes locomotoras de vapor tipo Mallet. Asimismo, durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial el Ministerio de Producción Guerra de Estados Unidos permitió a estas compañías producir sólo locomotoras FT.

La locomotora FT fue construida en 1944 y la idea original para su funcionamlento consistía en que locomotoras de tipo A y B operaran acopladas en pares para producir mayor potencia. Prestó su servicio con el ferrocarril estadounidense Northern Pacific con el número 6010 y posteriormente, en 1964, fue adquirida por el Ferrocarril Sonora Baja California, junto con la unidad B, con el número 2203, para correr entre Benjamín Hill, Sonora, y Pascualitos,
FT Diesel-Electric Locomotive and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 1, 2017
2. FT Diesel-Electric Locomotive and Marker
Baja California

Constructor: General Motors Co.,
Electro-Motive Division, Estados Unidos, 1944.
Modelo: FT
Clase B-B (unidad con 2 trucks de 4 ruedas con 2 ejes motrices por truck)
Potencia nominal de tracción: 1,350 caballos de fuerza.
Motor: General Motors, 16 cilindros en “V”.
Generador principal: Electro motive División, 950 kilovatios.
Motores de tracción: 4, de 260 kilovatios.
Peso: 104 toneladas.

English translation:
FT Diesel-Electric Locomotive.
Unit A, SBC-2203

In 1939 the General Motors Corporation (GMC) and the Electro-Motive Corporation (EMC) set out to design and build a locomotive that could be mass produced and that any railroad could order with only minor variations to be used in various situations, such as desert areas with water shortages or mountainous areas. The result was the locomotive model FT, and with its arrival began the transition from steam traction locomotives to diesel-electric traction systems. For the first time there was a locomotive for cargo service capable of replacing, in an advantageous way, the large Mallet-type steam locomotives. Also, during the Second World War, the United States War Production Ministry allowed these companies to produce only FT locomotives.

The FT locomotive was built in 1944 and the original idea for its operation was that type A and B locomotives would be operated coupled in pairs to produce more power. It rendered service with the Northern Pacific American railway with the number 6010 and later, in 1964, it was acquired by the Sonora Baja California Railroad, along with unit B, with the number 2203, to run between Benjamín Hill, Sonora, and Pascualitos, Baja California

Builder: General Motors Co., Electro-Motive Division, United States, 1944.
Model: FT
Class B-B (unit with 2 4-wheel trucks with 2 drive axles per truck)
Rated power of traction: 1,350 horsepower.
Engine: General Motors, 16 cylinders in "V".
Main generator: Electro-Motive Division, 950 kilowatts.
Traction motors: 4, 260 kilowatts.
Weight: 104 tons.
 
Location. 19° 3.216′ N, 98° 12.236′ W. Marker is in Puebla, Puebla, in Municipality of Puebla. Marker can be reached from Calle 11 Norte just south of Avenida 14 Poniente, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Mexican National Railroad Museum, just west past the first row of engines and cars after the entrance and opposite the FT Diesel-Electric Locomotive. Marker is in this post office area: Puebla 72090, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Passenger Car (a few steps from this marker); Steam Engines (a few steps from this marker); The Hero of Nacozari (a few steps from this marker); The Railway Stations of Puebla (a few steps from this marker); Steam Crane NM-0-19638 (a few steps from this marker); Railroads in the Mexican Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Locomotive NM-601 (within shouting distance of this marker); National Railroads of Mexico (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Puebla.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 14, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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