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Kato E Unit - Illinois Central Dynamic Brakes
« on: May 15, 2022, 06:16:09 PM »
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I just noticed that IC E8A & E8B units are slightly different. The B unit has a dynamic brake but the A units do not. I find that both an odd and interesting prototype choice.  Anyone have any background on this?
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Re: Kato E Unit - Illinois Central Dynamic Brakes
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2022, 07:16:19 PM »
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I'm pretty sure that none of IC's E8s had dynamic brakes.

I think the only roads that ordered dynamic brakes on some of their E8s (E8b) are: Milwaukee, Southern, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific.

The likely story here (my guess) is that Kato has not made an E8B shell without dynamic brakes.

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Re: Kato E Unit - Illinois Central Dynamic Brakes
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2022, 09:25:54 PM »
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That could be very well it. That makes more sense than the IC doing it.
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Re: Kato E Unit - Illinois Central Dynamic Brakes
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2022, 05:46:00 PM »
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Question from a guy who's barely functionally aware of first generation EMDs: where does one find the dynamic break spotting feature on E8s?

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Re: Kato E Unit - Illinois Central Dynamic Brakes
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2022, 05:58:19 PM »
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Question from a guy who's barely functionally aware of first generation EMDs: where does one find the dynamic break spotting feature on E8s?

The big fan in the middle of the roof.



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Re: Kato E Unit - Illinois Central Dynamic Brakes
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2022, 09:28:14 AM »
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The big fan in the middle of the roof.

Jason

Gotcha, that looks pretty straightforward.

Thanks!

Tristan