mixed; memories of Conrail stone trains and locals around Danbury w/ b23s', I could allways tell when they were coming up the branch from the 'flop flop flop' sound a few miles away, they were loud!
chasing the new Susquehanna stacktrains up and down rt 23 in the late 80's when that was 'all the rage',
but my alltime faves have to be the 70 tonners, not very common in my time, but the Pinsly scheme looked great on the St J.
finally got to see some up close on the Modesto & Empire Traction last year, they keep them in great shape, and they work hard.
I work around several former Seaboard B36s' that are just awfull, I can attest to the 'kneenocker' steps, and the smoke, you feel like you smoked 2 packs by the end of your shift. granted, they are getting a little old, but the EMDs' we have 5-10 years older are still pretty sweet. The GE s' do remind me of the few Alco's Ive been lucky to ride in that, you can feel the track, the gears in the traction motors, all the slap/banging around inside the electrical cabinet, and almost similar gurgleing sound when theyre loading up . day in day out, id rather work w/ an EMD though.