Robin Barnes - Railway Art and History
Argentina, in particular the 1676 mm gauge (5ft 6in) Buenos Aires
Great Southern Railway (the General Roca from 1948) has never
been given the credit it is due as the first country in the world to operate
in regular service main-line diesel-electric locomotives. Introduced
from 1930 at the instigation of P.C.Saccaggio, CME of the BAGSR,
of British build with Swiss Sulzer engines, generally they gave reliable
service over many decades. However, also Sulzer powered (4 X 646 hp
LDA25) were two visually striking D-D+D-D twin-unit locomotives designed
and built 1951-52 at Liniers by the Fabrica Argentina DE Locomotoras
(Fadel), the second of which, No.2 Argentina is illustrated. Although
successful, they worked for only about ten years, overwhelmed all too
quickly in a flood of North American and European imports.
All railway art is for viewing only and is copyrighted to Robin Barnes 2008.
The railway art may not be reproduced in any way without written permission from the artist.