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So peaker has an sd45 high hood load test unit for new blocks, can anyone tell me about the history of it, looks to be an ex southern but someone else should know.
as we say on the garret sub for csx q003 and q004 clearin a signal Highball
Or on the plymouth Clear 49

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Based on this list http://www.trainweb.org/milwaukee/roster.txt
was Milwaukee 9

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AndrewsTrains wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:56 am
So peaker has an sd45 high hood load test unit for new blocks, can anyone tell me about the history of it, looks to be an ex southern but someone else should know.
Is it still there? I thought all of their old stuff was gone.
Something that looks like a test bed appears in March 2020 imagery:
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The only photo I could find is of a MILW SD45 #9. Photo by Larry Burk (8/23/1987).
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It was outside yesterday its now in black, what's the front piece it's still on there about 3 years ago it was gray as well

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I believe it's a radiator up front instead of the rear
as we say on the garret sub for csx q003 and q004 clearin a signal Highball
Or on the plymouth Clear 49

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AndrewsTrains wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:48 am
It was outside yesterday its now in black, what's the front piece it's still on there about 3 years ago it was gray as well

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I believe it's a radiator up front instead of the rear
It looks like a dynamic brake blister from a -2 EMD to me. Radiator sections don’t quite look like that and the radiators are still back there on this one.
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ns8401 wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:44 am
AndrewsTrains wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:48 am
It was outside yesterday its now in black, what's the front piece it's still on there about 3 years ago it was gray as well

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I believe it's a radiator up front instead of the rear
It looks like a dynamic brake blister from a -2 EMD to me. Radiator sections don’t quite look like that and the radiators are still back there on this one.
If you're going to load test, you need something to load, like the resistor grid used for dynamic braking.

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Definitely a dynamic brake blister.
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Where is this?

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Steve B wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:49 pm
Where is this?
Parker services in green oak Michigan. Just west of South Lyon.

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Micah_D wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:53 pm
Steve B wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:49 pm
Where is this?
Parker services in green oak Michigan. Just west of South Lyon.

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[NS3322 Asks: Is the SD45 still there? I thought all of their old stuff was gone. [/quote]

Everything but the SD45 was gone years ago. It was January 9, 1980 that the super long Union Pacific DD35b #72B that Peaker bought along with a bunch of other old Union Pacific relics came thru Grand Rapids enroute to there. It was by far the largest unit ever to come to Peaker.. Others to come was NW2 1075 (which was rebuilt) and SW7 1803. Drawbar problems on the switchers kept them in Wyoming yard for over two weeks. All of the units brought there were parked in the siding west of Silver Lake Road on the north side of the main in the old gravel pit that was once there, Peaker took the engines out of the DD35 and rebuilt those, but the rest of it was scrapped out on site along with many others after sitting there for years, It came time they had to get rid of the then unmovable units because CSX was removing that siding.

Photo of UP 72B at Peaker: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2020174

Peaker, when first coming to Brighton had the contract to do maintenance work on all of the Detroit Edison fleet of locomotives. (Perhaps just the EMD's but not the GE's. Can not remember if it was one or the other, or both.

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whats the story with the UP passenger car
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2547414
as we say on the garret sub for csx q003 and q004 clearin a signal Highball
Or on the plymouth Clear 49

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AndrewsTrains wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:54 pm
Whats the story with the UP passenger car http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2547414
If you are referring to the phot link, this is a not a passenger car but a twin engine diesel B-Unit locomotive. Sort of like an over grown SD35 with twin engines.

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In the link to the picture it is a UP coach
the link i put in
as we say on the garret sub for csx q003 and q004 clearin a signal Highball
Or on the plymouth Clear 49

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AndrewsTrains wrote:
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:44 am
In the link to the picture it is a UP coach the link i put in
I do not recall anything about that UP passenger car being at Peaker.. Perhaps someone else knows. I attending several meetings at Peaker when I belonged to the AATTW between 1972 & 1982 during the time I was writing the "Chessie Chasin' column" in The Inside Track", the magazine associated with the Ann Arbor Train & Trolley Watchers group.

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It's interesting that the dome car has no lettering.
Seems like a recent paint job was done.
While dome cars apparently needed their own powerplant to operate the AC due to all that glass...
I think those power plants were somewhat smaller than what Peaker normally worked on.
Plus it would be something that could be done in the field by the owner.
That makes me wonder if this is a privately owned car because the UP Cheyenne shop was quite capable of doing that work.

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I haven't had a chance to look for pictures, but it sticks in my mind that the UP dome car was parked at one point on the siding in Williamston with the privately owned observation car. Global Star? So maybe same owner?

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Somewhere, in all the slides I need to get time to scan to digital format, we have pictures of the UP units on the siding near Peaker.

How much rail work is Peaker still doing? I thought they had gotten out of the rail services industry a few years ago, or maybe they just were not getting many contracts anymore. I haven't been over there in several years, so I can't say what if anything they get or have.

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Over the past 5-7 years they have worked on SD60s for CSX, SD70s and SD70Is for CN, a GP38-2 for New Brunswick Southern, a GP9 and SW1500 for the Essex Terminal RR, and most recently an AC4400 for CSX.
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Do they leave the old SD45 test bed outside most of the time now? I would love to get an updated photo of it!

When I last drove by the property in April 2018 (while visiting the nearby Lingenfelter Collection) the hood of a CN SD75I (I believe #5722) was the only thing visible.
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