Welcome to LocomotiveID!
Here you will find information on different types of diesel locomotives and how to distinguish one from the other based on the individual looks of each locomotive.
Diesel Locomotives have been around since 1905, starting with small experimental-like yard and road switchers (also called shunters) and have improved in looks and in performance (especially in horsepower)! In the United States, there are two main manufacturers of diesel locomotives - General Electric (GE) and General Motors Electro Motive Division (EMD). These companies are like car manufacturers, building many different models of (in this case) locomotives. These will vary from small switcher-like locomotives to large 6000 horsepower monsters.
This site identifies the more common locomotives found today in the Bay Area based on their individual features (cab shapes, number of wheels, fuel tanks, etc). The many photos on this site help as well. Videos will be posted as well with captions explaining the various types of locomotives.
Note: As a member on this site, you are able to post your own pictures and videos...only as long as they are appropriate and are related to trains. Inappropriate pictures or videos and any pictures or videos that are not related to trains will be removed by the site owner.When you set up your member profile, I would appreciate it if you would make your profile picture something that has to do with trains (company logos, specific locomotives, etc).
On this site there will be blue links to pictures of the trains pulled by a specific locomotive (the EMD F59PHI, for example, pulls many of Amtrak's trains). Be sure to watch for these links because they can help identify the specific trains mentioned on some of the identification pages (Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner pulled by the EMD F59PHI and Amtrak's California Zephyr pulled by the GE P42DC for example).
- For all you Youtube users that go railfanning, feel free to post your own train-related videos and photos to this site (once you become a member).
Here are a few introduction videos from Youtube on diesel locomotives.
Video by "C60AC".
Video by "cchan006".
Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/CaliforniaRailfan101