Following extensive testing of a B&O unit borrowed from the GPF&F Railroad, the CH&FR has acquired two EMD SD35 locomotives for use in mine service in the Glover’s Bend area. The first, B&O#7413, is painted in the Chessie System paint scheme, and is already in operational service. The second has just been delivered, and is due for a heavy service and painting operation at the Frost River Locomotive Works. This unit will be painted in a classic CH&FR paint scheme, and will be numbered CHFR #7401.
The SD35 is a six-axle Diesel unit produced by the General Motors Electro-Motive Division (“EMD”) from 1964-1966. Its 16-cylinder 567D3A engine produces 2,500 HP, and its overall length is 60 feet. This combination of good horsepower, short wheelbase and high traction makes the SD35 a good choice for pulling heavy coal trains on the sharply curved trackage in the Glover’s Bend area.
Both locomotives are slated for a full detailing, including detailed fans, grab irons, sun shades, windshield wipers, MU and airline hoses. Stay tuned for more information on the detailing process.