F7 A&B / F7M A&B:
Engine of EMD series F7 and F7M are still the
backbone of all rail traffic on the Red Rock.
As actually a rebuild program is ongoing, no
definite number of locomotives still in service
can be given yet. Several engines are
currently used for spare part demand.
The main difference between F7 and F7M is
a longer chassis and the use of Blomberg
Type M trucks. F7M have a wider cab - the
F7M ABA-unit, builders photo EMD
All F7 are equipped with steam boiler for use
with passenger trains. Unfortunately no
picture of a RRR F7 available currently.
Shown is an archive picture of a Southern
F7 with SP commuter train, archive Truk Kcül
New to the RRR roster will be one unit of
class 216 (ex DB 216 025-7). This engine
was recently aquired together with further
engines of class 221. This loco need to be
overhauled before it's new start at the RRR.
It is planned to use class 216 in light road
Only 1 of their 3 class 221 engine is in service now. The two remaining were new aquired in Europe and need a rebuild
program. Class 221 is based on DB class 221.
Lok 21 at the cattle pen. This engine came
over as a demonstrator already in the
1960's. Number boards, single headlight and
horn are the main visible changes for this
task in the US. After the public interest
cooled down RRR bought this engine in the
1980's. It is a reliable engine.
Based in the positive expierience with engine
21 RRR decided to increase the roster with
this type. As similar engines were retired in
Germany it was a bargain to aquire more.
The all need to be rebuild with new digital
The pictures are showing several locos lined
up on a siding in the west of Lonesome Dove
waiting for their overhaul.
In the forground you see an EMD F7M
B-unit, ex RRR 13, stored after fire damage.
Behind the F7M ex-DB 221 131-6, 221 120-9
und 216 025-7 are standing.
The F7M has been seriously damaged and
will be scrapped. THe 3 German engines shall
be refurbished for further 15 years in
SD40-2. Recently the RRR has aquired this
SD40-2 from Conrail to support the motite
power until the large rework program of older
engines is finished.
Desert Hog Class:
Other railroads make events with Thomas
the Tank - Red Rock has its Desert Hog.
This funny loco was build from an old
Plymoth switcher. The engineer will view the
track by windows in the eyes of the pig,
supported by cameras in the nose. This
engine is equipped the Euro style buffer-and
hook couplers to pull the original Prussian
Cars. This train is used only at special