Exotic Diesel Locomotives

NS F9A #4270 at Vanarsdell, KY on 5-6-07 with the 2007 Derby Train in tow.

Do you like trains? Do you love diesel locomotives? Do you love the sleek cab units from Alco, Baldwin, EMD, and Fairbanks Morse? If you do, you've come to the right place. Here you'll find pictures and information about the Alco PA and FA, Baldwin Sharknoses and Babyfaces, FM Erie units and C-liners, and EMD E and F units.
In my opinion, the cab unit diesels built shortly before and after World War II were the most beautiful diesels ever built. They were sleek and colorful, in stark contrast to the often dull looking steam locomotives that dominated the rails. Don't get me wrong, I like steamers too, but the colorful diesel brought a new, vibrant look, to the railroads. Who can seriously argue that the Alco PA was not the best looking diesel locomotive ever built?

Although the new diesels were often scorned by steam lovers when they first appeared, they have gone on to inspire a whole new generation of railfans who have never even seen a steam locomotive in operation. (If you have not seen a steamer in operation, you should. They are very impressive machines) Hopefully, this website will take you back in time to the good old days when it was quite common to see an F unit or PA gliding gracefully down the tracks. Most of them may be gone, but they will not be forgotten.

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