EMD F2

The EMD F2 was a freight-hauling diesel locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between July 1946 and November 1946. It succeeded the FT model in GM-EMD's F-unit sequence, and was replaced in turn by the F3. The F2 was in many respects a transitional type between those two; it kept the 1,350 hp (1,010 kW) rated D8 generator from the FT due to late development of the new D12 generator intended for the F3, but in a revised carbody design and internal layout that would be continued through the rest of the F-unit series. 74 cab-equipped lead A units and 30 cabless booster B units were produced.

EMD F2
CRI&P #43 leads a freight train through Joliet in August 1963.
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGeneral Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
ModelF2
Build dateJuly 1946– November 1946
Total produced74 A units, 30 B units
Specifications
Configuration:
  AARB-B
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Prime moverEMD 567B
GeneratorEMD D8
Performance figures
Power output1,350 hp (1000 kW)
Career
Dispositionscrapped

There are no reliable recognition features for an F2. They were built with what has become known as 'Type 1' side panels, with three portholes and no filter grilles, but this was carried over into early F3 production and in any case could be changed later by the customer. Like most F3s, they were built with small side numberboards. They, and all subsequent F-units, are readily distinguished from the FT by having two exhaust stacks instead of four, and by having no large overhang on the end of the B units, while the trucks were a little further away from the other ends.

They also had four radiator fans at the center of the unit next to each other in line on the roof instead of two at each end. This external feature was the result of a major change in internal arrangement, the replacement of all mechanical and belt-drives for radiator fans and traction motor blowers with electric motors. Power for these accessories was produced by a new D14 three phase alternator built into the main DC generator, called a “companion alternator”. This device has been used in all later EMD road locomotives to the present.

No F2's survive today.

Original owners

RailroadQuantity
A units
Quantity
B units
Road numbers
A units
Road numbers
B units
Notes
Atlantic and East Carolina Railway
2
400–401
Atlantic Coast Line
12
12
324–335
324B–335B
All units built with steam generators
Boston and Maine Railroad
18
3
4224A–4226A, 4250–4264
4224B–4226B
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
10
150A–154A, 155C–159C
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
12
38–49
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
2
1
147A,C
147B
All rebuilt to 1500hp GP9M in 1957
New York Central Railroad
2
1604–1605
Southern Railway (Alabama Great Southern Railroad)
2
6700,6701
--
Both units equipped with steam generators
Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México
14
14
6200A–6213A
6200B–6213B
6210AB-6213AB built with steam generators
Totals7430

References

  • Lamb, J. Parker (2007). Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive. Railroads Past and Present. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-34863-0.
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