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w neal

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Pensy sharks across Indiana?
« on: August 25, 2015, 01:31:43 PM »
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Pensyheads,

Is it likely that a set of Pensy sharks might have made it across Indiana towards Chicago? I have seen pictures of an A-B-A set in Toledo, but how 'bout a solid set into Chicago?

Also, what year might this have taken place?

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Re: Pensy sharks across Indiana?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2015, 02:45:34 PM »
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Here's a pic of at least an A (probably another A and/or B there behind the Soo GP30 too) in LaGrange IL in 1966 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/40666398@N02/13485127065/in/datetaken/
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Re: Pensy sharks across Indiana?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2015, 05:50:07 PM »
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 :)
   the Passenger Sharks would have made it when they were in
  the Mainline Pool,but they were mostly out of that after the E8
  Fleet arrived by 1953.
   the Freight units were different,they only ran with other Sharks,
  including the few Passenger units put into the Freight Pool.
   1966 was getting near the End of the Shark Fleet on PRR.
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Re: Pensy sharks across Indiana?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2015, 06:02:02 PM »
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...   the Freight units were different,they only ran with other Sharks,
  including the few Passenger units put into the Freight Pool.

IIRC, the problem was Baldwin's m.u. system being incompatible with everybody else, and difficult/costly to convert. EMD and Alco settled on a compatible scheme relatively early, and BLW missing that particular boat was one factor in their downfall.

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Re: Pensy sharks across Indiana?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2015, 09:21:32 PM »
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One of the last bastions of Sharks was the Delmarva Peninsula, far away from Chicago.
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Re: Pensy sharks across Indiana?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2015, 12:42:16 AM »
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There were a good number of freight sharks assigned to both Cleveland and Colunbus, so I would say that the chances of them showing up in Chicago are pretty good.

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Re: Pensy sharks across Indiana?
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2015, 03:35:03 PM »
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 :)
   the "Air Throttle MU" was a Westinghouse product.
   its advantages were Infinite Throttle Settings.
  but it had a big disadvantage,only 3 or 4 units could
  be reliably controlled by it.Electric MU was good for over
  8 units if needed.
  Baldwin was the main user,but it could be found on some
  F-M units,Lima units,and maybe the Ingalls unit that used
  Westinghouse supplied parts.
  Baldwin did offer Electric MU as an option,Erie units had
  Electric MU.
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Re: Pensy sharks across Indiana?
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2015, 05:47:49 PM »
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Since they could pull well, they would get coal and ore trains over the road. So it would be a pretty decent bet they got to Chicago.

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I just checked on a hunch since and yes, they did. There is a picture in Pennsy Diesel Years V6 of an ABA set of freight sharks at the CB&Q's Clyde Yard bringing in a Transfer. Thought I had seen a pic recently.
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