NS 4152 is a class AC44C6M and  is pictured in Old Fort, NC, North Carolina, United States.  This was taken along the Asheville District  on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Nathan Wike uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 05/04/2023. This photograph of NS 4152 was taken on Thursday, April 27, 2023. All Rights Reserved.
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The CHIPPER

By: Nathan Wike


Description

The CHIPPER - NS P87 rolls along the Mill Creek in Old Fort, NC last Thursday evening.


Railroad

Norfolk Southern

Class

AC44C6M

Road Number

NS 4152

Line/Subdivision

Asheville District

Location

Old Fort, NC, North Carolina, United States

Date Taken

April 27, 2023

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May 04, 2023

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The CHIPPER - NS P87 rolls along the Mill Creek in Old Fort, NC last Thursday evening.


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— Nathan Wike

Railfan in western North Carolina who travels all over the eastern United States chasing and photographing trains.

About the Locomotive Class

AC44C6M

The GE AC44C6M is a refurbished Dash 9 locomotive from GE Transportation Systems that has 4,400 horsepower (3,300 kW) of AC-traction. Since September 2015, GE (now Wabtec), American Motive Power, Inc., and Norfolk Southern Railway's Juniata and Roanoke Shops have been doing AC44C6M rebuilds. The AC44C6M replaces the Dash 9's DC traction motors with alternating current GE 5GEB13B7 traction motors while keeping the 16-cylinder 7FDL-16 prime mover that was previously used in the core locomotive. The rebuilds still contain the original Dash 9 units' underframe, engine, and radiator compartments, but they have new wide-nosed cabins, a new front hood section, and a new inverter cabinet. The cost of converting a vintage Dash 9 locomotive into an AC44C6M is only 50–60% of purchasing a brand new Tier-4 Compliant locomotive. In comparison to an un-rebuilt Dash 9, the AC44C6M is found to have an improvement of 17% in fuel efficiency, 30% improvement in reliability, and a 55% improvement in haulage capability according to Wabtec.

Photo Blurb

NS 4152 is a class AC44C6M and is pictured in Old Fort, NC, North Carolina, United States. This was taken along the Asheville District on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Nathan Wike uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 05/04/2023. This photograph of NS 4152 was taken on Thursday, April 27, 2023. All Rights Reserved.


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