The General Electric C44AC-CTE (otherwise known at the AC4400CW-CTE), is the mainstay of the MSVR fleet, and among the most recognizable power on the system. As it stands, we own about 100 under the MSVR name, with others owned through our subsidiaries. Units 580-594 are our "heritage units" painted in schemes inspired by our predecessor railroads. Those included are the Union Pacific; Southern Pacific; Western Pacific; Burlington Northern; Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe; Chicago, Salt Lake, & Pacific; and Denver & Rio Grande Western. For each railroad, there are 2-3 units to represent the different paint schemes that adorned the railroad's locomotives over the road's life span. For example, to represent the Southern Pacific, there is a unit in the speed lettered "bloody nose", one in Coast Daylight colors, and the famous "black widow" scheme.
Dash 9 (C44-9W)
The DC traction cousins of our AC4400s, the C44-9W is ideal for lower-priority heavy road freights, working such duties alongside the smaller C40-8, SD60, SD60i, and rival SD70M. MSVR purchased its Dash 9s from BNSF and Union Pacific. The first three units of class introduced our now-iconic otter logo, and our Widecab Recognition program has thus decided to repaint the entire class in a similar fashion as a nod to this.
The GE C45AC-CTE (ES44AC) is one of the newest unit from Erie to grace the rails of the MSVR. With the first series numbered in the 700s, and with a series of them in the 6000s, and another in the 9800s, these units are the follow-up to our fleet of C44ACs. As they're being delivered, they're being used primarily on hot-shot intermodal and autorack trains. Every once in a while, these units can be seen leading a unit coal train, or even one of our signature sugar beet train. Units 9850-9854 are painted in a heritage scheme of Southern Pacific's "Black Widow", and 9855-9859 are painted in "Daylight" dress. Units 700 and 6020 are also painted in patriotic red-white-and-blue schemes, with 700's scheme being a play on the standard MSVR scheme, with red replacing the Tuscan red, white replacing gold, and blue replacing black.
Due to stricter emission standards, new Tier IV-compliant versions of the C45AC-CTE were ordered once GE had updated their locomotives to meet this standard. Spotting features that separate these newer units from the older series are the new redesigned radiator housing, cab mounted headlight, and nose mounted Pyle Gyralite. These units are also a bit heavier than their predecessors (about 8 tons), hence the "H" in their model designation.
Fresh out of a rebuild program, the C40-8.5Ws are rebuilt from standard cab C40-8s. They've received new cabs and electronics, while also relocating the ditch lights above the anticlimber. Still rated at 4000 hp, the engines have benefited from better fuel efficiency, thanks to new software. They can now be found in a variety of different services, and have been seen commonly in different tank-related services, such as the coast oil cans, and the weekly NashWash trains running between California and Texas.
Purchased second hand from BCRail, the C40-8Ms are full-width cowl bodied units that were designed with cold weather in mind. The wide body provides access to internal components to crew members without having to be out in the snow, rain, etc. Internally, they are basically identical to the rest of GE's Dash 8 line, and are commonly found on the northern lines, and on the East-West "Salad Shooter."
GE's top-of-the-line product during the 80s, the C40-8W was the first locomotive line to be produced with GE's current design of safety wide cab. Producing 4000 hp, they became seen just about everywhere for several different railroads. They can still be seen pretty much everywhere on our railroad as well.
GE's most powerful domestic product to date, the AC6000CW originated in the high-horsepower race of the 1990s, and true to its name, packs a powerful 6000hp HDL-16 prime mover and enough pulling force to separate couplers. However, initial problems with the units led GE to deliver their first AC6000CWs as convertible, using the smaller FDL-16 prime mover, which was rated at 4400 hp. MSVR has extensively modified our small fleet of these kings of the hill, with GEVO-16 prime movers that put out 6000 hp and high traction software, along with added ballasting, making these the strongest pullers currently on the roster.