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Welcome to the FL9 Locomotive Index

 

EMD's FL9

The FL9 was built as a dual-mode locomotive: It could operate as a conventional diesel-electric in the open, or--to minimize pollution--as an electric from the third-rail in the congested confines in and around New York City. It was also dual-service; hauling passenger trains by day and freight by night.

The incentive that forged their design was the New Haven railroad's desire--arguably a misguided one--to operate passenger trains between New York City and the railroad's non-electrified zones, without having to change locomotives, from diesel to electric and back, at New Haven.

Nevertheles, eventually 60-locomotives--all for the New Haven--were built in 2-production lots of 30-units each. The first lot (NH's EDER-5) was built in 1957, while the second group (NH's EDER-5a) was built in 1960. Because all of the locomotives wore the bold "new image" livery

 

 

and monograms, even the more obvious differences between the 2-groups easily escaped the casual observers' eyes.

Incidentally, the EDER class designation represents: Electric Diesel-Electric Road (Locomotive). Interestingly, New Haven's road number 2059 was both the last FL9 and the last of EMD's classic F-series covered wagons to be built. Later renumbered 2033 for Metro North, the historic locomotive awaits restoration at the Railroad Museum of New England, in Naugatuck, Connecticut.

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Photo courtesy of: Bob's Photos

New Haven EDER-5 & 5a
(FL9) Locomotives
Photo courtesy of: Gene Fusco

Penn Central FL9
Locomotives
ConnDOT, Metro North, CR
& Other FL9 Locomotives