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SNIM SD70ACS #CC 122

Here in the US, today is Labor Day. In honor of this day I present an SNIM SD70ACS, an SD70ACe modified for sandy conditions and high heat. SNIM (Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière) is the national railway of Mauritania (the countries 2nd largest employer no less). You can read the wiki for yourself, but, in a nutshell, Mauritania is not a terrible friendly place and the UN estimates that 20% of the population are slaves. This brings me back to Labor Day. The fine men and women who built this loco in Muncie should in no way feel complicit in slavery in Mauritania; nor should anyone who buys a European car made from the iron that this loco will haul feel in any way connected to slavery in west Africa. We should all just enjoy our day off and raise a glass to all those enslaved around the world, because they don't get the day off.

 

On a lighter note, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emerites also operate this type of loco. Incidentally, the UAE railway is hiring if anyone is interested.

 

Here's the real CC 122 that originally lead me down this tangled road.

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Taken on September 1, 2013