The 25th Anniversary celebration at the Electro-Motive
Division of General Motors was held in 1947 at their factory in
La Grange, Illinois. By this time EMD was becoming a major builder
of marine engines and overtaking the sister Cleveland Diesel Division
(the old Winton Engine Company) in part due to their production
of over 1200 machinery sets for LST vessels during World War Two.
This particular open house featured one of the most impressive
displays of Diesel and gas prime movers ever assembled for an
EMD event, including the various Winton engines used in the early
railcars and streamlined trains, the 184A "pancake"
Diesel used in USN subchasers, and various cutaways of EMD 567
Diesel engines. It also featured the complete machinery set from
an F3 locomotive without the carbody of the locomotive, a unique
display that went into the EMD Training Center and was used for
customer training for many decades afterward.
This view looks south to the entrance
and primary wall display area. On the left are a Winton 12-201A
Diesel engine and Winton 148, 106A and 106 gasoline engines. In
the center of the floor is a cutaway two cylinder portion of an
EMD 567 engine, in back of it is a large walk-around display with
cutaways of various fuel injectors used in Winton and EMD engines.
On the right is a 567B crankcase stood on end as a floor display,
in back of that is the 184A "pancake" Diesel engine
which produced 1200 horsepower and took up as much space as a
Looking toward the north end of
the display area, the engines in the center include a Winton 106,
a Winton 106A, and a Winton 148, all gas engines. Next is the
Winton 12-201A Diesel, and the complete machinery set from an
F3 locomotive including the 567B engine, main generator, and accessory
rack. In back of the locomotive machinery set are locomotive main
generators, auxiliary equipment and trucks on display. One of
the trucks is in an inclined carriage so visitors can see both
the top and the underside. Along the left side of the photo are
the cutaway injector displays, the 184A engine, the cutaway 567
engine section, and the 12-cylinder 567 crankcase standing on
end. Toward the back left is one of the original Winton 201 engines
that powered the GM display at the Century of Progress Exposition.
Directly in back of that engine (centered in the photo) is a locomotive
roof hatch complete with radiators and cooling fans, stood on
its side so visitors can conveniently view the top and bottom.
This particular display is quite
memorable for its presentation of all the prime movers used in
the company history up to that time. It provides a tremendous
wealth of information for museums on creative ideas for displaying
engines and machinery outside of locomotives.
Text by Preston Cook
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