* Factory-Installed Sound & DCC
Sound can be operated with a standard DC power pack as well as DCC
controllers. Sound features include: Dual Diesel Engine Sounds, Horn, Bell,
Squealing Brakes, Doppler Effect, Air Let Off (in neutral), Headlight, and
Trailer mode which mutes whistle and bell for double heading.
Introduced in 1961, the GP30 was possibly the most distinctive diesel ever
built in large numbers. Although longer and wider than previous EMD
designs, a slight bulge was needed in the long hood just behind the cab to
accommodate air handling and electrical equipment. Influenced by GM's auto
styling staff, the bulge was covered with a rounded metal fairing that
extended back to the middle of the long hood and to the front edge of the
cab roof. The appearance of the new locos could also be changed by customer
specifications. Some roads traded in older power and their new GP30s rode
on AAR trucks, usually from retired ALCO units. As the extra length of
these older trucks required a slightly shorter fuel tank, three sizes were
made available. Some roads operated under union rules that required an
engineer, fireman and head brakeman on the engine, so the fireman's side of
the cab was extended by 12" to provide room for a third seat. Both the
Southern and the Norfolk & Western ordered GP30s with high, short hoods,
designating the long end as the front. This improved crew safety in the
event of a collision; the area under the high short hood housed a toilet.
Although replaced by the new 35 Line in 1963, GP30s led long, productive
lives in mainline service, and a few remain in revenue service on
Regular hours are Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 9-1. Closed Sunday & all major holidays.
Summer hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Tues-Fri 11-6, Sat 9-1. Closed Sun, Mon & all major holidays.
5619 West Florist Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53218
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