Posted by JL Scott on March 23, 2012 
A grand shot!
Posted by Sid Vaught on March 24, 2012 
They looked so bright and hopeful. I miss MILWAUKEE.
Posted by Renee on March 25, 2012 
Any idea what happened to the side of the third unit back? Looks like a spill of something. In that bright sunlight and fresh out of the factory, those units look beautiful! I miss Milwaukee too.
Posted by Tom Farence on March 25, 2012 
Renee......I believe what you see on the rear unit is the shadow from the bridge Mark...."weight on drivers" was how enginemen were paid that was held over from the steam days. Say a GE U30C weighed 400,000 lbs and the rate was $25.00 per hundred miles in 1975 those three GE's above would have paid between Milwaukee and Chicago say $27.00 per the 100 mile trip....adding a buck per unit bringing the rate up. More units more pay and this base pay was how all abitraries were based also....ergo...BASE RATE. I hope this will help but if not I'm sure the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers or the United Transportation Union could help with the explanation. I don't know if any RR's still use this method.....Thanks.. Tom.
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