Diesel-Electric 1651

Pacific Electric Photo, Donald Duke Collection

Pacific Electric Photo, Donald Duke Collection

Pacific Electric diesel-electric GE 44-tonner no. 1651 pulls a freight at Wilmington in 1943.

Pacific Electric Photo
Donald Duke Collection

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  • Dave Chidester
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    Were the GE 44 ton switchers painted black with white lettering or does anyone know?

  • Jerry M. LaBoda
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    Bob Smaus, a frequent contributor to both MODEL RAILROADER and RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN did an article quite a few decades past about PE 44-tonners and speculated that they may have been painted in a red color, IIRC with white lettering, similar to what was used on “juice jacks”. He had no proof of this but the model was stunning.

    A point he made about photos that he had seen was that the B&W shade of gray just didn’t look like it was black and if you look at the image above it does appear to be a color lighter than black. We may never know but his model sure looked nice!!!

  • Jerry M. LaBoda
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    Oops… sorry… it was the August 1990 issue of RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN. Probably can get a copy on the cheap from Railpub. I purchase nearly all of my magazines from them at great prices!!!

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