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- Subject: PC: EP-5s/E40s
- From: NH4142@xxxxxxxxx (John Wilson)
- Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 22:28:40 -0500 (EST)
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I believe that the New Haven did use the EP-5s in freight service-
mostly the lighter and faster trains such as TrailLiner Service.
One reason the EP-5s were not used in New Haven to Washington passenger
service was that their cooling systems were designed for use in the New
Havens' 75 mile long electrified zone where they would have a cooling
off period at each end. They were tested on the PRR to Washington and
performed well but they required too much cool-down time at the end of
each run for this assignment to be practical.
The closing of the Van Nest electrical shops ensured that they wouldn't
be mintained as well as they should have been. That didn't help much
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