RailPictures.Net Photo: MILW 479 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific EMD MP15AC at Portage, Wisconsin by Tom Farence
 
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Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (more..)
EMD MP15AC (more..)
Milwaukee Road Portage Yard (more..)
Portage, Wisconsin, USA (more..)
1977
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MILW 479 (more..)
Unknown
Tom Farence (more..)
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When I started on the Milwaukee Road in the 1960's the Portage yard engine was usually an FM switcher or an Alco. In the 70's the Milwaukee got the MP15's and that pretty much was it until I left for my managerial tour of the RR in the late 1980's. I think that most of us old guys would prefer the FM's to switch with as they would gitty up and go(MAX FIELD) as soon as you cracked the throttle. The MP's were slower loading although I do remember some with a MAX load switch. I never spent much time on a switch engine as I was in the freight pool or freight assignments most of the time but MY favorite engine on the way freight's to switch with was the big 500 series Fairbanks called the Trainmasters. I remember at Cooney you could have a cut of 40 cars and just kick the hell out of those box cars up hill all day long.
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