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On Saturday (Sept. 29th) my dad and I set out for Wegley which is between Manor and Penn to catch Amtrak #514, a B32-8WH. Amtrak only rosters 22 of these engines and are normally used for MoW.

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GE Dash 8-32B
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderGE Transportation Systems
ModelDash 8-32B
Build date1984 – 1989
Total produced49
Specifications
Configuration:
• AARB-B
Gauge4 ft 812 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Cylinders12
Performance figures
Power output3,150 hp (2,350 kW)
Career
LocaleNorth America
DispositionOne preserved, one sold, remainder in storage awaiting fate.
  • GE B32-8WH of CDTX (Amtrak California) between Fremont and Great America, United States of America.
  • At one time the sightseer was a backup, that pinch hit on ocassion, as the AT lounges were the normal equipment, but 2 per train with two trains means Amtrak needs all four in service, when one goes out the sightseer goes in.

The GE Dash 8-32B (also classified as B32-8 or D8-32B by some railroad companies) is a 4-axle 3,150 hp (2,350 kW) road switcherdiesel-electric locomotive built by GE Transportation Systems between 1984 and 1989. It is part of the GE Dash 8 Series of freight locomotives.

A total of 49 examples of the Dash 8-32B model were built for North American railroads. The model is a 12-cylinder version of the (16 cylinder) Dash 8-40B and is powered by GE's 7FDL engine. The first units built for the Burlington Northern Railroad were labelled by GE as B32-8, while later units built for Norfolk Southern followed GE's practice after 1987 of spelling 'Dash 8' in the model name.

The GE Dash 8-32BWH (or B32-8WH) is a variant built with Head End Power (HEP) and a wide cab for Amtrak service.

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In 2013, Norfolk Southern donated B32-8 number 3563 to the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society of North East, Pennsylvania.[1][2] Then, in May 2017, the Everett Railroad purchased Dash 8-32B number 561 (formerly 3561) from Norfolk Southern.

As of June 2016, all units still on the roster are pending disposition.

Original owners[edit]

RailroadQuantityRoad numbersNotes
Burlington Northern Railroad35497-5499Returned to GE
General Electric (demonstrator/testbed)1832
Norfolk Southern453522-3566Units were renumbered to the 500 series in September and October 2013. 3563 was retired after an engine failure, and was donated to the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society. 561 (ex-3561) was sold to the Everett Railroad, and delivered by NS Local CB-10 on May 25th, 2017.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^'Rolling Stock of LSRHS: Norfolk Southern #3563'. Lake Shore Railway Historical Society.
  2. ^Lake Shore Railway Historical Society (May 15, 2013). 'Norfolk Southern Railway Donates Erie-built GE Locomotive'. Railway Preservation News (Press release).

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  • McDonnell, Greg (2008). Locomotives: The Modern Diesel and Electric Reference. Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press. ISBN978-1550464931.
  • Solomon, Brian (2003). GE Locomotives: 110 Years of General Electric Motive Power. St. Paul, MN, USA: MBI Publishing. ISBN9780760313619.
  • Solomon, Brian (2010). Modern Locomotives: High Horsepower Diesels 1966–2000. New York: Crestline. ISBN978-0785826811.


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