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.