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Cabs in Nickel Plate Road's new diesel-electric passenger locomotive units (left, above) are simple, comfortable and uncluttered. Engine crews have an unobstructed view of track through two wide shatterproof glass windshields. Instrument panel is in front of engineer. To his left is independent brake valve and control stand containing throttle, transition selector, reverser and manual circuit breaker. To his right are automatic brake valve and sander. Fireman sits on engineer's left, behind attendant's instrument panel. The electricity which turns each unit's 40-inch driving wheels is generated by a 2,000-horsepower, 16-cylinder, V-type, super. charged diesel engine (right) located behind the cab and completely enclosed in a streamlined jacket.

Cleveland and Conneaut. Water supply stations have been provided at Fort Wayne, Conneaut, Buffalo, Cleveland Union Terminal, Frankfort and Stony Island to provide water for the heating boilers in each unit.

Fundamentally, these new power units, like all diesel-electrics, are electric locomotives carrying their own generating plant. Some of the obvious riding qualities from the passenger's point of view may be attributed to this fact. The 115-ton units are exceptionally smooth in starting, accelerating and braking. Unless he has been looking out a window, the casual passenger soon finds himself gliding along at high speed before he realizes he's moving. And in coming to a halt, the old abrupt jerk to a final stop is gone. The new diesels ease into stations and slide to a stop without the slightest irregularity of motion.

ALCO-GE experts who build these locomotives list diesel-electric advantages over steam power as: fuel economy, flexibility, high availability and economy of operation.

Certainly, Nickel Plate's early experience bears them out. Two units, totaling 4,000 horsepower, are used back to back on Buffalo-Chicago trains. Arranged in this fashion, they present a symmetrical, double-end, streamlined appearance. Cleveland-St. Louis trains require only one 2,000-horsepower unit because of fewer cars in their consist.

Specially trained Nickel Plate Road Mechanical Department personnel at the railroad's shops and roundhouses at Chicago, Buffalo, Conneaut, St. Louis, and at the new diesel shop recently completed at East 75th Street, Cleveland, are doing maintenance and repair work on the new diesel-electric locomotives. With the first of them starting last June and the last group scheduled for graduation this month, 76 NKP employees have attended the special ALCO-GE school at Schenectady where they took the Locomotive Instruction Course for Railroad Employees. Mechanics, electricians, roundhouse foremen, motive power inspectors, and road foremen of engines attended classes from 8:30 a.m. to

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