Rebuilding the Cowlitz, Chehalis, and Cascade Railway

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cwwrman

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I also have a numbering scheme for those of you running a fictitious railroad. The first two numbers of the 3 digit number are the year the locomotive was aquired. The third is the number of the engine. This can also be expanded into a four number system if you have more than 9 engines. Lets use for example the GP-7 shown above, #755. The locomotive was purchased in 1975 giving the first two numbers. This was the 5th diesel the CCC purchased. Combine them all and you have the 755
Actually the CW ran into a similar problem when they ordered the 38-2s. Keep in mind the first of the 38s was 817, 818, 819 and then 810. The 810, according to the Weyco numbering system should have been 8110 but the second 1 was dropped to keep the locos 3 digit numbers. Now what most people DON'T know is that there was actually a 5th CW 38 ordered. This unit if they followed the standard numbering practice would have been 8111, but if they dropped the 2nd 1 like they did for 8110 it would have had the number 811. Actually the 38s were ordered by the Weyco RR Curtis, Milburn & Eastern as it was a common carrier. This name was dropped after the MILW embargo of 1980 and changed back to the CW.
 
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