When EMD was working on their 50-series locomotives in the late 1970's and early 1980's, they had four models they offered. The GP49, the SD49, the GP50 and the SD50. The 49's were only 12-cylinder models and were rated at 2,800 HP. Alaska Railroad purchased nine GP49's (the only nine units to ever be produced), and EMD never did end up producing any SD49's. Here is one of the nine GP49's running DIC (Dead-In-Consist) on BNSF's HPASSAG. The unit was retired in 2006 and is now headed for Houston, TX.
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Posted By Steve Walden On Saturday, March 15, 2008 At 9:18:19 PM (PT)
Note the extra lights above the cab. I guess this is to help with the long winter nights up north. Notice too the single piece of glass on the engineer's side. While I can understand the cost savings of mirroring the other side, I believe that from an engineers perspective--so to speak--the absence of the post would help with visibility. The GP49s are welcome visitors to the "southern Rockies" here in Colorado