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PC: Re: O&W FT's

No one wanted them because of their age (mid-40's) and low horepower
compared to other units - plus I believe these FT's were the
semi-permanently coupled sets of A&B units.  LV traded theirs in 1959/60,
almost no big road was operating stock FT's by 1965 - odd considering units
built 5-10 years later lasted 10-20 years longer.  I don't think anyone
knew at the time that in 1998 you'd have 4 FT's left anywhere (and one
having to be extensively rebuilt to regain it's original appearance).

Bill K.

> From:  JEROME A ROSENFELD <BDXT30A -AT- prodigy.com>
> To: penn-central -AT- smellycat.com
> Subject: PC: O&W FT's
> Date: Wednesday, August 26, 1998 4:15 PM
> Yes, the O&W FT's were well cared for despite their outward 
> appearence. They were stored in an era when the Big Three (GE, ALCO, 
> EMD) started to produce high performance diesels. It's too bad no 
> short line then or historical society purchased some for excusrions. 
> Imagine a Real O&W set preserved than a phoney O&W F7 (Ex-BLE) in 
> southern NJ on the NJ Southern RR. Looks okay, but its not "The Real 
> Thing"
>        Jerome

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