The Baldwin DS-4-4-750 began production in the summer of 1949 using the builder's 606NA model prime mover.
Producing 750 horsepower, the DS-4-4-750 was a mid-grade switcher as
Baldwin also produced a 660 horsepower and 1,000 horsepower model. Using a B-B truck arrangement (i.e., two axles per truck) the model found a diversity of buyers from Class
I railroads like the Pennsylvania, Erie, and Santa Fe to industrial
companies like American Cynamid, Youngstown Sheet & Tube, and
American Steel & Wire. As with the American Locomotive Company
(Alco), Baldwin at the time still held a loyal following by some
railroads that had worked with it
for years during the reign of steam. Because of this it probably
explains why roads like the Pennsylvania (an avid buyer of Baldwin
products) and Erie purchased the DS-4-4-750. The PRR, for instance,
purchased examples of nearly every Baldwin diesel it produced.
For more information about the DS-4-4-750 please click here. Ultimately, however, few DS-4-4-750s actually purchased as only 53 were ever built through February, 1951 (three of which being the demonstrators #301, #750, and #751 that were eventually sold to Weyerhaeuser Timber). The locomotive was essentially a DS-4-4660/VO660 with slightly more horsepower. For instance, along with the above mentioned characteristics it was also 46 feet in length, offered the same tractive effort (49,625 pounds starting/34,000 pounds continuous), and featured the same general exterior carbody features (end cab and trailing long hood). Additionally, the model did not offer either dynamic braking or turbocharging (which to some extent could have also been a negative sales point as Alco, for instance, did offer both features in most of its switchers).
After less than two years in production, Baldwin removed the DS-4-4-750
from its catalog, replacing it with the S-8 (the offered just slightly
more horsepower) and the more powerful S-12. The DS-4-4-750 also ended
the company's use of its confusing classification system. In 1950,
after it released upgraded prime movers (the model 606 and 608) it likewise used a simpler system of model type and horsepower (for instance, the S-12 meant Switcher, 1,200 horsepower). Finally, for more information about the DS-4-4-750s please refer to the chart below.
Baldwin DS-4-4-750 Production Roster
|American Cyanamid Company||14||1||1950|
|American Steel & Wire Company||20||1||1949|
|Baldwin (Demo)||750-751 (To Weyerhaeuser, 101-102)||2||1950|
|Baldwin (Plant Switcher)||301 (To Weyerhaeuser, 301)||1||1950|
|California Western Railroad||51-52||2||1949|
|Texas-Mexican Railway (Tex-Mex)||509-510||2||1949|
|Weyerhaeuser Timber Companyr||101-102, 301||3||1950, 1956|
|Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company||608-610, 700-702||6||1949-1951|
For more information on Baldwin locomotives the book by the same name, a Brian Solomon title, provides an in-depth history of the company from its earliest days beginning in the 1930s to its final years constructing diesels during the mid-20th century. It 160 pages in length and, as with every Solomon book, offers a rich collection of large, sharp photos to enjoy. Another title of interest is Vintage Diesel Locomotives by noted author and historian Mike Schafer. This one has been out for several years now and is a paperback title but highlights several classic models from the major builders of the era such as Electro-Motive, Baldwin, and the American Locomotive Company.