FM's Class 1 Hand-Me-Downs

Long-time friend Lloyd Judd was the only person that I personally knew who was a devout Fairbanks-Morse fan, and it didn't matter what type of FM locomotive. If it was driven by an opposed-piston prime mover, he had to get a photo. In the Spring of 1969, he stumbled upon a lone FM Erie-build B-unit parked at New York Central's West Detroit facilities. By most reports, the last of the FM Erie-builts had gone to the scrap yard 18 months prior to become automobile bumpers, frying pans, wheel barrows, etc. The RAMX unit had gotten a reprieve when purchased by Canada's Rail Maintenance Services.

Of the approximate 1350 FM-built locomotives that were once owned by Class 1 railroads (or their subsidiaries), less than two percent reached the used-locomotive market. FM's opposed-piston engine was most likely the reason - not because it was unreliable, but rather because it had many other valuable applications. An attempt has been made here to identify FMs from class one railroads (and U.S. Army) that received a second chance in revenue service. (Lloyd Judd photo, R. Craig collection)

XXXX A Photo Review

Second-Hand FM Ownership

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American Milling H12-44 #22

George Menge photo (R. Craig Collection)

ACY H20-44 #506-508

Robert Farkas photo

CH-P H16-44 #526

Jim Herold photo (R. Craig collection)

CH-P H16-44 #532

George C. Werner photo (R. Craig collection)

CH-P H24-66 #534

Don Ross photo collection

Hallett H12-44 #HD-11

Dan Mackey photo

Locomotive Troubleshooting #1845

James F. Anthony photo

Metal Processing H12-44 #100

Ed Gately photo

NC Ports Rwy H12-44 #1802

Doug Boyd photo (R. Craig collection)

Pac Trans Srv H12-44 #121

Jonathan Fischer photo

Prec. Nat'l H16-66 #1677

Jim Gavin photo

SLSF H10-44 #286

Mike Condren photo (Arkansas Boston Mountain Chapter NRHS)

Southwestern Portland Cement H12-44 #115

Tom Sink photo

Southwest Portland Cement H20-44 #409

Tim Fennell photo

Southwest Portland Cement H20-44 #410

Craig Walker photo

South Central Tennessee H10-44 #200

Jay T. Thomson photo

U.S. Army H12-44 #1843

R. Craig photo

U.S. Steel H12-44 #24

John Petro

Wisconsin Western H12-44 #1204

HardhatMAK photo

Yankeetown Dock H12-44

Robert Farkas photo

Central Warehouse H10-44 #767

Bill Kalkman photo

The following photos are needed:
  • Border Steel H12-44 #1776
  • Precision Nat'l H10-44 #274


Format by: R.Craig New: 1 DEEMBER 2019
Reference sources:
  • Fairbanks-Morse Locomotives by Jim Boyd
  • Extra 2200 South Locomotive Newsletter (July 1968)
  • Extra 2200 South Locomotive Newsletter (Aug.& Sept. 1973)
  • Extra 2200 South Locomotive Newsletter (Jan-Mar. 1980)
  • Flickr
  • RailPictures.Net
  • The Diesel Builders: Fairbanks-Morse by John F. Kirkland

Michael Richmond assisted in assembling these photos.

Border Steel H12-44 #1776

Doug Kroll photo (permission ?)

Central Wisconsin H10-44 #767

Lance photo(permission ?)

Precision Nat'l H10-44 #274

Leon Kay photo (R. Craig collection)

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