Those locos are definitely on their knees and producing full power!
I thought of this thread last night while I was working actually.....
I had a 2000HP switcher loco. I was drilling cars, and getting wheel slip. There is no reason I should have been getting wheelslip, the rails were dry and the cut of cars wasn't that long. Other locos of the same model have no problems pulling the same cut of cars on the exact same track. But i was getting wheelslip and it was constantly cutting the power each time the wheels slipped loose....or the loco thought they did.
What Im getting at is all this horsepower and tractive effort and all this other fancy science stuff gets thrown out the window when other variables are introduced, and in this case, I believe its a bad or failing speed sensor on one of the axles, making the loco THINK that axle is slipping but in reality its not. Of course, mechanical forces will come out and check it, but it works just fine when its standing still
or more common, they don't worry so much about mechanical issue on a yard or work loco, compared to a road loco. "its fine - it must be the engineer" riiiiiiiiight
Just one of the more frustrating parts of the job.
But anyway, these other unrelated but constant variables are why you can't always assume that a particular loco performs the same as another loco in the same class. Most times each loco has its own personality and you often get to know the quirks of each one if you see the same units day in and day out..... But sometimes a loco can't' do what is "supposed to do" for what ever reason or another. the "margin of error" is exceeded sometimes..