hev wrote:Always liked the SD38-2 and the SD40-2 high nose. The old GP's are cool too...................hey had a sound of their own. Always liked hearing them on a long uphill drag. Sweeeeet........
Yes, those un-turbocharged units...with a throaty, pleasing sound.
Never ran a GP-7 or 9...they were gone long before I arrived. But working a yard shift a few months ago...along with the SD-38s, there was a GP-15 around, it was assigned to us.
Now, I had never heard of a GP-15. I'm guessing it was a Conrail rebodied yard unit; the body was typical EMD with the later, angular roof.
It wasn't really that much of a treat to run...not much adhesion, wheels would slip at any move. But...that throaty purr, so different from the whine of the turbocharged units...and it had instantaneous throttle response.
Plus, it had just come from the paint shops and was clean, with ergonomic seats.