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In 1934, a souped up steam locomotive could pull a seven to nine car train. By 1937, Electro-Motive was rolling out practical diesel locomotives that could be applied as A-A, A-B-A, or A-B-B-A sets for however large a consist one desired (generally limited by the length of station tracks, particularly in Chicago.) Under those circumstances, a claim of a world speed record for a steam locomotive was not something likely to be forward-looking. Thus the 400s and the Hiawathas set the pace for the world in relative obscurity, although the diesels of the day actually had a lower top speed of 117 mph. All the same, there are some great recorder logs of one of the diesels making up 11 minutes against the 75 minute Milwaukee to Chicago schedule!
ATTITUDE is a nine letter word. BOATSPEED.
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