Posted by on July 1, 2007 
Skip -- I don't think I ever saw a jumper cable that clean before ! Nice work ! The GP-30s were brand new when I hired in 1964, and were assigned to Portsmouth. They were so new that one could still smell the fresh paint in the cabs. These were the first engines the N&W men ever saw with a #26 brake valve, and the Old Heads cussed them as a "flatlander's brake" and "no good for mountain service." It took me about 35 years to figure out why they were introduced (namely, spool valves replacing the equilizing piston, reducing moving parts and extending the maintenance change-out cycle.) -- abram burnett
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