MU consist logic

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Thu Apr 17 17:08:30 EDT 2014

You do know that A/C was not added for creature comfort. It was applied to keep the new onboard computers cool.
So, you could say that computers, indirectly, significantly improved the train crew's working conditions!

Jeff Sanders
On Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:12 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:

Harry and Carl,

    This story brings back a vivid memory when I was once assigned to work outage duty at Bellevue and Supt. Billy Joe Hoopes assigned me a train from Bellevue to Fort Wayne.  Someone had wiped out track north of Fort Wayne when they had an axle wrung off.  Mr. Hoopes asked me if I get some new rail to the location "as fast as I could".  I had one GP 35 and two cars of rail.  I made it over the 60 some miles in less than an hour........However, I spent the next two days moving a crane, with one move about every hour, laying the new rail....
---- NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:

Great story, Harry. Thanks!

> On Apr 16, 2014, at 1:02 PM, "NW Mailing List" <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:





> Carl:

> Most (but not all) engine assignments were  made

> at a service facility.  Basically, what came in for

> service was dispatched as is, but engines bad ordered or

> due maintenenace would be cut out and replaced

> by other units. The outbound engine crews didn't

> get to choose.


> But there was more to it than just comfort.  In the

> mid-70s, there was a comparison made between

>  a computerized train simulation and an actual run.

> The experiment was made on the Fostoria District--

> that part of the Lake Erie Division between Bellevue

> and Fort Wayne.  There very few grades, a sixty-mile

> tangent with two correcting curves so slight they were

> visually hard to detect, and a maximum authorized

> speed of 60 MPH.


> One of the first trains tested was TC-3, a run-through to

> the Union Pacific.  In rank of symbol superiority, TC-3 came

> right behind the all-TOFC trains, AP-1 and AP-2.


> On test day, the service track assigned three ex-Wabash

> 3400s -- GP7s and GP9s.  So while the Terminal Supt.

> would go to "8" on the Richter scale if TC-3 was delayed,

> the symbol left Bellevue on time with jam-up tonnage.

> Crossing the Fostoria District, the train balanced at

> 22 MPH -- meaning  in Run 8,  on the flat-as-a-pancake

> profile, 22 MPH was all it could "git".      Harry Bundy








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