Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

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  by Backshophoss
 
The LIRR GP38's were passenger geared from the factory,The MP15's were the "jack of all trades" units with gearing that was "freight friendly"
but could make passenger MAS as needed.
  by photobug56
 
re the LIRR GP38's

Back in the 1990's, I used to ride when I could on either the front or rear GP38-2's. For the back, it was for the view and how quiet and calm it was unless you had the power pack behind. For the front, I liked to stand outside and listen to the GP's and feel the breeze. I don't remember which run it was, but there were always 2 GP's, and they were really nice to listen to.

One odd memory. We once stopped just 1 station short of mine in the evening. Turns out the 'stem' that the engineer's seat was attached to had apparently rusted through and then broke en route. That's the only thing I can ever remember breaking on these engines. In contrast, the DE's and DM's seem to constantly be breaking down (and the C3's as well).
  by Nasadowsk
 
photobug56 wrote: Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:55 am re the LIRR GP38's

Back in the 1990's, I used to ride when I could on either the front or rear GP38-2's. For the back, it was for the view and how quiet and calm it was unless you had the power pack behind. For the front, I liked to stand outside and listen to the GP's and feel the breeze. I don't remember which run it was, but there were always 2 GP's, and they were really nice to listen to.
I think one of the Montauk runs. Oyster Bay, as always, got shafted. We got MP-15s and a power pack. One year one of the Alco packs blasted a lowboy hung up on the crossing at Glen Street. After that, the LI put those signs up warning trucks of some crossings.

I remember watching them cut it up. Was in the Burger King parking lot. 10 feet away. You don't have that kind of access anymore, but back then, nobody cared as long as you weren't in the way.

The 38's were reliable, but slow and loud.
  by photobug56
 
There are certain engines that to me at least, sound great. I have a mid 1920's Packard, with the engine that was later named the Super 8 (as in the hotel chain. Take 2 radiators and shells, have one upright, one opposite below it, you've got the Super 8 chain logo. It has a very nice sounding, low rev engine with piles of torque. You listen to engines like this and the one in the GP38-2, they sound great but also tell you what exactly the engine is doing. And they are very well designed (for their eras) and well built.