AGS 40 Vulcan  Contributor's Pick!       
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Date: 10/24/1942 Location: Birmingham, AL   Map Show Birmingham on a rail map Views: 720 Collection Of:   Jerry LaBoda
Locomotives: SOU 40(Doodlebug)    Author:  J.M. LaBoda Scan Collection
AGS 40 Vulcan
Picture Categories: Passenger This picture is part of album:  Passenger Cars
User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
Chuck Zeiler General From the book, 'Doodlebug Country', by Edmond Keilty: In 1939 six two-car railcar sets were obtained (by the Southern) from the Saint Louis Car Company. The motorcars had the shovelnose look then popular with new streamliners and were powered by the Fairbanks-morse opposed piston diesel engine, the first major application of this power plant in railroading. These mini-streamliners were named 'Golden Rod' for the Birmingham-Mobile run ((motor #1), the 'Joe Wheeler' for Oakdale-Chattanooga-Tuscumbia (motor #2), the 'Cracker' for Macom-Brunswick (motor #'s 3 and 4), and the 'Vulcan' for the Birmingham-Meridian schedule (motor #'s 40 and 41). Two of the units (motors #2 and #41) were sold to short lines, while the other units were cannibalized for parts. Number 40 was retired in August 1954. 9/26/2013 6:40:40 PM
Chuck Zeiler General Six-wheel front trucks were added to all six power units in 1943-44. 9/26/2013 6:42:31 PM
Mike Woodruff General Terminal Station, Birmingham, AL 1/7/2014 12:41:04 PM
Tony Fernandez General Another photo's caption described the front truck's wheel arrangement as "3" and the rear truck as "A-1-A" indicating that after its replacement, the front six-wheel truck was un-powered (it resembled the EMD E-unit truck) The rear truck had two powered axles, the center axle being an idler. These units would make a distinctive model in any scale. 12/20/2015 10:24:33 AM
Tony Fernandez General Correction to my above comments: The replacement front truck was a three-axle "drop-equalizer" type with equal axle spacing similar to that of an ALCO PA unit; the rear truck resembles that of an EMD "E-unit". Otherwise the description in my above comment remains the same. 12/20/2015 10:46:15 AM

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