Allen, thanks for all the interesting information on GE & EMD from the late 70's and early 80's. Allen, I started working for the old Chessie System in October of 1978 when I was 19 years old. At that time we had an assortment of "U" Boats and a new order of GE B30-7 units. Allen, I work at the CSX Huntington Locomotive Heavy Repair Shop in Huntington West Virginia. Chessie System at that time had a predominantly EMD fleet. We would see GE's in Huntington, but most GE work on Chessie was done at Clifton Forge Virginia. Chessie and Seaboard merged on November 1, 1980 to form CSX. Seaboard had a much heavier fleet of GE units then Chessie had. Even though the two railroads merged into CSX, we did not start seeing more GE work in Huntington until CSX closed and moved the L&N South Louisville Shops to Hunitington in 1987 & 1988. Still at that time, most of the GE work was done at CSX Waycross Georgia shop. I cut my teeth on EMD units and working on GE units was kind of foreign to me. I loved troubleshooting EMD units. It took a while to get use to working on GE units, but I got to the point that I enjoyed working on them and I found them to be a challenge to repair and it was a challenge that I enjoyed. Allen from what I remember, the SD50 started showing up on CSX around 1982. And the B36-7 & the C36-7 did use the GTA-24 Main Alternator that made generator transition. Allen a lot of technology that was in the CHEC II B36-7 and C36-7 was put in a computer on the very popular Dash 8 unit. Allen, I would like to talk about the SD50 units. I know that the SD50 units had several issues that rail companies had to deal with. CSX hung in there with the SD50 units and in my opinion ended up making a pretty good unit out of it. The horsepower had been dropped down to 3000 but looking at it through the eyes of a troubleshooter a lot of the electrical issues had been resolved. I know that will raise some eyebrows and some people will say that I am blind, and maybe I am, but to me the SD50-2 is now a pretty good unit. I have noticied several SD50-2 units with governor rack problems. The rack should run at .88 but I have been noticing SD50-2 coming into Huntington running a .92 or .94 Rack with the Load Regulator running at 9 to 9:30 with only 24 to 2500 HP. I will not mention the name of the company that has remanufactured the governors, but they are not getting them set right. We have to adjust the balance point to .88 and we then get our load regulator running in maximum field and the unit will make the 3000 HP. EMD to me corrected the problems with the SD60 and to me, I think the SD60 is a good unit and I love troubleshooting them also. But in closing, I never seen a locomotive that I did not love to work on. Allen I have been Loading, Calibrating and Track Testing all types of Locomotives since 1992.