The HT-C truck developed by Electro-Motive is a hallmark of modern railroading. Developed over 40 years ago these utilitarian trucks have blessed the under frames of hundreds of thousands of locomotives around North America and the world. Unlike other things in the industry that seem to change with time, these trucks, bogies, skates, whatever you'd like to call them are what holds our proud, mighty and majestic machines up right and propel them into the future.
In America this was the truck the SD40-2 wore while moving some of Americas fastest trains both passenger and freight alike; the kept entire factories open, they've been traded amongst locomotives, everyone seems to think highly of them, and many equate this truck to the most successful locomotive of all time. Many see the body of an SD40-2 or an SD50 or even the modern SD60 - yet - they don't see the giant shoe that holds it up and provides the smooth ride they are famous for. They are the underpinning of our economy with a simple purpose. To propel freight on thousands of miles of rail to keep us - America - alive.
In this case, old meets knew as brand new LED lights the step well of this freshly rebuilt EMDI SD59MX, unit 9915, of the Union Pacific. The truck has been completely rebuilt, placed back under this unit with another modern accessory added - the recorder cable. Yet it hasn't lost its graceful looks, meaning and power. I would have never thought that I could find so much beauty in a piece of steel.
If we had to debate upon the truck that pushed America into the modern age and moved, built, and powers this nation with superlative six-axle locomotives, this truck gets my vote.
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