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Re: PC: Helpers on the B&A, early PC era
- Subject: Re: PC: Helpers on the B&A, early PC era
- From: "Charles J. French Jr." <PennCentral@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 20:30:39 -0500
The SD-45's made a believer out of me. This one day I headed east out
of Selkirk, NY to Springfield, MA with a very heavy freight. We had
three 6500 U28C engines, all of them working. To make a long story
short, we stalled in East Chatham, only 30 miles east of Selkirk. The
only reason was we had too much train. There happened to be a
westbound freight nearing our location, it happened to be powered by
three SD-45 engines. The dispatcher told us to swap power and we did.
As we swapped power, I said to the westbound engineer, now what in
hell difference are these three six packs going to do better than
what I had, he shrugged and said, beats me? At the time, it was
obvious we knew little about the SD-45's! After tying on and making a
brake test, I started moving the train on the relatively steep grade.
To my surprise, those SD-45's walked that train out of there like
nothing. After that, we continued east and didn't even need a helper
over the Berkshire mountain. To say the least, from that day forth, I
never doubted what the SD-45's could do. As I mentioned earlier, the
SD-45 became the engine of choice for our helpers over the Berkshire
mountain for good reason, they cold shove like hell!
On Feb 27, 2007, at 6:00 PM, zootowerprr -AT- webtv.net wrote:
> Thanks Chuck,
> I met a guy who worked on the "Loco-Control" diesels on the
> PRR to
> the merger. He told me he had to do a mountain of paperwork to get 2
> SD45s to the B&A early on in the merger. "The PRR guys in Harrisburg
> didn't want to see any SD40 or 45s on the Central side of the company"
> He did say the "Central Boys" on the B&A loved those SD45s.
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