NS 4004 is a class GE AC44C6M and  is pictured in Centralia, Illinois, USA.  This was taken along the CN Centralia subdivision on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Blaise Lambert uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 04/13/2023. This photograph of NS 4004 was taken on Saturday, March 04, 2023. All Rights Reserved.
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"Blue Mane"

By: Blaise Lambert


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"Blue Mane" - One of the six special painted NS AC44C6Ms is seen here on CN territory as it trails second out on CN A432-91


Railroad

Norfolk Southern

Class

GE AC44C6M

Road Number

NS 4004

Line/Subdivision

CN Centralia subdivision

Location

Centralia, Illinois, USA

Date Taken

March 04, 2023

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April 13, 2023

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"Blue Mane" - One of the six special painted NS AC44C6Ms is seen here on CN territory as it trails second out on CN A432-91


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— Blaise Lambert

Railfan from the Midwest region farming trains from mainly Southern Illinois with god tier photos on my camcorder. Feel free to browse my great collection and variety of photos!

About the Locomotive Class

GE 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 4004 is a class GE AC44C6M and is pictured in Centralia, Illinois, USA. This was taken along the CN Centralia subdivision on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Blaise Lambert uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 04/13/2023. This photograph of NS 4004 was taken on Saturday, March 04, 2023. All Rights Reserved.


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