mikeandgerry wrote:wsherrick wrote: I had the good fortune of working on this locomotive back in the late 1980's when it was still in service on the Norfolk Southern.
What an incredible honor.
The video was amazing. It is an impressive locomotive. My wife heard the video from the upstairs and came running down to see it.
How does that locomotive compare in power with a current freight diesel we might see in service now in the northeast? I guessed that it would require three diesels to pull that line of cars.
This locomotive when in regular service pulled trains of up to 18,000 Tons BY ITSELF. No, that's not a typo; those are the correct amount of zeros there. This was an everyday occurrence as they pulled coal to Portsmouth Ohio. These locomotives were best used in high speed manifest freight service where they could and did pull trains of 6,000 tons at 60MPH everyday. They also cost less to run and maintain and produced more productivity per train mile than the diesels they were compared against.