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  1. #1
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    Default Question for the Forum

    Why is using 2 locomotives when 1 will do the job?

    UP is using GP38-2 #799 (ex MP #2299) and GP40-2 #1499 (ex-SP #7121) to switch a local refinery; a pair of leased GP-8-2s have also been used.

    Here is some information: Distance from the Hollywood yard is less than a mile; the switch to the refinery is within yard limits.

    Number of cars handled is less than 50

    Grade isn't a factor

    Switching usually completed in 2-3 hours
    "A Veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life."

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    Another question
    Which down-graded road unit is better for switching: a turbocharged unit like the SD40-2 or a non-turbocharged unit like the GP38-2?
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    Another question
    Which down-graded road unit is better for switching: a turbocharged unit like the SD40-2 or a non-turbocharged unit like the GP38-2?
    Then why not use a single 3,000 hp unit instead of 2 units and 5,000 hp?
    "A Veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life."

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