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Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion)

Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:24 pm
by Ypsi
We have discussed paint schemes and such of the likes before, but I do not believe specifically we have discussed what people consider the best looking locomotive of all time personally. There are no right or wring answers here, from big boys to GP30s to P42s everyone has a favorite and I am interested in what you guys think and why.

My favorite locomotive of all time is the streamlined 4-6-4 Dryfuss Hudsons run by the NYC. To me these units look like they are moving even when they are standing still. Simply a classy locomotive with great lines, put a matching set of coaches behind one and you are sitting pretty. It is also neat to me that they once roared up and down the old MC with passenger trains between Chicago, Detroit, and New York.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/alcomike/ ... 691193888/

My favorite model that we have is our streamlined Hudson (sitting next to our J-class #611)

ImageHO scale Steamer Sunday by Michigan Central Lines, on Flickr

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:16 pm
by Saturnalia
Steam: can't beat a Dreyfuss Hudson. Nothing ever made steam look so good.
Diesel: Covered Wagons...I'll take E and F unit Warbonnets, please!
Electric: Japanese Skinkansen bullet trains

Yeah, I like streamlined for looks. I gotta say though, the ruggedness, military-styling on the earlier EMDs and then the SD70ACe are good, too.

GE looks like something in the middle. It has no style.

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:13 pm
by Y@
Pre 1970:
ALCO - RSD-15
EMD - GP30
GE - U25B

1970-Now:
EMD - F45
GE - C39-8

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:47 pm
by pbmaxno15
Steam: Allegheny
Early Diesel: RF-16 Sharknose
2nd Generation Diesel: SD-38
Modern Diesel: Notch nose SD-70 variants

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:55 pm
by ~Z~
Steam: these Denver & Rio Grande things: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=523668

Diesel: NS highhood EMD GP38-2: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=510736

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:05 pm
by ConrailMan5
Early Diesel: EMD TA or alco DL109
2nd Gen: High Hood SD40-2

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:12 am
by jrgerber
Early: Alco PA

Recent: CP's cowled SD-40-2

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:23 pm
by hoborich
I,ve always been partial to E units. But the PAs are cool too.

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:52 am
by J T
hoborich wrote:I,ve always been partial to E units. But the PAs are cool too.

I love E units as well. PAs look goofy to me, like a distorted version of an E unit that Lionel would have made, or something you'd see on a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Just an aesthetically bad design to my eyes.

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:26 pm
by SousaKerry
Steam - N&W class J (611)

1st gen diesel - Alco PA or FA with the Santa Fe number boards

2nd gen diesel - Alco C628

3rd gen diesel - GP60 standard cab

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:46 pm
by MrRail
Steam: 4-4-4-4 T1 for looks, 2-8-4 Berkshire for power.
Early diesel: GP9
Modern diesel: AC44-9w

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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:50 pm
by SD80MAC
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Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:24 pm
by J T
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Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:55 am
by JStryker722
1st Generation- Santa Fe and Southern Railway EMD F units
2nd and 3rd generation- Santa Fe EMD GP/SD40s
New Generation-brand new GEVOs in FEC Champion scheme,the KCS Southern Belles,and IAIS #513 Rock Island Heritage unit

Re: Best looking locomotive of all time (opinion/ discussion

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:01 pm
by MQT1223
My locomotives, paint schemes + roadnames included. Paint schemes alone would be another different story as certain paint schemes fit some locomotives better then others.

Here's my top three steamers, a very hard choice for me.

1. Lima Pere Marquette N class 2-8-4 Berkshire
2. Baldwin Baltimore and Ohio EM-1 class 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone
3. ALCO Milwaukee Road A class 4-4-2 "Hiawatha" Atlantics

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And for my diesels, again tough choices.

1. Seaboard Air Line E6
2. Interstate ALCO RS3
3. Virginian Fairbanks-Morse H24-66 "Trainmaster"

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