Jul 182012

EMD SW1500

Type: Diesel Locomotive

Manufacturer: General Motors, Electro-Motive Division (EMD)

Model: SW1500

Weight: 248,000lbs / 112,000 kg

Engine: 2 stroke diesel

Top Speed: 60mph

Power Output: 1,500 hp (1,119 kW)

Production Run: June 1966 – January 1974

Number Produced: 808

Comments: It is amazing how well these and other locomotives hold up over the years.  Progressive Rails Inc. #36 runs though my town several times a day and I always assumed that it was brand new.  Turns out it was made in 1966!  I am a 1973 model and do not  run quite so well!

Nov 012011
Powell Street Cable Car

San Francisco Powell Street Cable Car


This cable car is really cool for two reason.  The first is that it and others in the fleet have been in service since the 1888s, over 120 years!  The second reason is that the cable cars do not have their own engine, but get their power from a cable running under the street.  The operator has to pull a lever to manually grip the cable!  Riding the cars is popular with San Francisco tourists and everyday commuters.


Manufacturer: Carter Brothers (Newark, California)

Weight: 15,500 lbs

Length: 27’6″

Width: 8′

Passenger Capacity: 29 Seated, 60 with Standing.

Engine: No individual engine.  Latches onto an underground 1.25 inch diameter cable driven by a 510 hp electric motor.

Top Speed: 9.5

OwnerSan Francisco Municipal Railway

First Run: 1894 for #506