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Owner: Chicago Burlington & Quincy
Model:EMD F3ABuilt As:CBQ 138A (F3A)
Serial Number:7012Order No:E957
Frame Number:E957-A23Built:10/1948
Notes:blt 10/1948 as 138A ret 2/1969
Other locos with this serial:  CBQ 165C(F3A) CBQ 165(F3A)
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CB&Q 165ABC in 1964
Title:  CB&Q 165ABC in 1964
Description:  Early F units usually came in set of 4, i.e., ABBA. The CB&Q found that for most trains on its mostly flat railroad ABA sets were sufficient so the ABBAs were broken into ABs with another newer A added. On the CB&Q an ABBA set was lettered ABCD and an ABA set was lettered ABC. In this picture we see CB&Q 165A, an F7A and 165B and C, F3Bs. The train is the early morning "Pick Up" at Milledgeville, IL (122 miles from Chicago on the Twin Cities Line). If the train had a number, it was never used on the dispatcher's line. Yes it is a heck of a train to be doing local switching, but it did weekdays.
Photo Date:  9/14/1964  Upload Date: 10/25/2006 9:50:51 AM
Location:  Milledgeville, IL
Author:  Marty Bernard
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CBQ 165A(F7A) CBQ 165B(F3B) CBQ 165C(F3A)
Views:  1353   Comments: 1
CB&Q 165ABC in 1965
Title:  CB&Q 165ABC in 1965
Description:  Early F units usually came in set of 4, i.e., ABBA. The CB&Q found that for most trains on its mostly flat railroad ABA sets were sufficient so the ABBAs were broken into ABs with another newer A added. On the CB&Q an ABBA set was lettered ABCD and an ABA set was lettered ABC. In this picture we see CB&Q 165A, an F7A and 165B and C, F3B and A. Is this the A end or the C end?
Photo Date:  9/13/1965  Upload Date: 11/14/2006 8:24:48 PM
Location:  Eola, IL
Author:  Marty Bernard
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  CBQ 165A(F7A) CBQ 165B(F3B) CBQ 165C(F3A)
Views:  1702   Comments: 8
CB&Q F3 165C
Title:  CB&Q F3 165C
Description:  Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad F3 165C westbound at Eola, Illinois on February 13, 1966, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built in October 1948 (c/n 7012) on EMD Order E957A as 138(A), traded for new power in February 1969, it was delivered as the lead cab of F3 A-B-B-A locomotive 138. Although it was numbered 138, a suffix letter was assigned and applied is small one-inch letters below the word BURLINGTON on the sides for maintenence purposes. The suffix letter was never displayed in the numberboards or on the nose or sides below the cab. When EMD announced the F7 model in 1950, the CB&Q purchased 10 F7A's and three F7B's. Three sets of pure F7 A-B-A locomotives were assembled (167-169), and the the remaining four F7A's were mated with F3A-B sets from locomotives 137 and 138, creating locomotives 163-166. Again, suffix letters were applied only in one-inch letters on the sides, the 163-166 F7A-F3B-F3A sets being considered as a single locomotive, and were semi-permanently coupled. The F7's were assigned the suffix "A" and the F3 cabs were assigned suffix "C". During the 1960's the 163-166 locomotives began receiving couplers in place of drawbars, and the suffix letters were applied to the numberboards and painted on the nose and sides. This particular locomotive received the suffix treatment sometime between March 1965 and February 1966, based on my photographic evidence. Cut in behind the F's is a new SSW SW1200 #2290 being delivered to the Cotton Belt, likely picked up in Congress Park.
Photo Date:  2/13/1966  Upload Date: 1/8/2009 1:53:30 PM
Location:  Eola, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CBQ 165C(F3A)
Views:  554   Comments: 0


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