4:30 p.m, daily for two weeks. The intensified instruction trained them in all phases of the construction, operation and maintenance of the new locomotives. The student railroaders spent a great deal of time in actual practical shop work, examining, assembling and tearing down the engines under the tutelage of skilled ALCO and GE instructors. They gained a knowledge of the component parts through observing manufacture, assembly and installation as it was performed by regular plant craftsmen.
Since December, 1946, when training courses. for railroad employees were established, several hundred men, ranging from superintendents of motive power to shop mechanics, from various railroads all over the country which use ALCO-GE equipment or have it on order, have taken this course. At present it is booked solid through the spring.
During the two-week stay, men are quartered in local hotels. ALCO-GE provide the necessary instruction material, which becomes the property of the students when the course is completed. A photograph of their class and a certificate of attendance at the school is given to railroad men studying there. In addition to the technical knowledge they acquire, railroaders also have an opportunity to make friends with men in like jobs on other lines.
Road foremen of engines learned from trained veteran ALCO enginemen the best and most efficient way to operate the new passenger engines and in turn have been passing their newly acquired knowledge on to NKP engineers and firemen who have been accustomed to handling steam locomotives. For the first week of their use, ALCO men rode with Nickel Plate engine crews, giving on-the-spot instruction and helping the veterans get accustomed to the new controls.
Painted in striking blue and nickel colors,
Practical training is a keynote of the ALCO-GE Diesel School at the Schenectady, N. Y., plant of the American Locomotive Company where 76 Nickel Plate Road employees have studied diesel engine construction and maintenance since last June. At work on an engine in a January class (above) are: Front row, from left, M. G. Bowersock, roundhouse foreman, Lima, Ohio, and H. Tutwiler, machinist, Fort Wayne, Ind.; on top of engine, from left, Robert W. Mahoney, machine shop foreman, Conneaut, Ohio; Arthur Warner, electrician, Chicago; and Harry C. Benson, assistant foreman, Conneaut.
designed to complement their sweeping lines, the locomotives are the first delivered elements of completely new, sleek, streamlined passenger trains which Nickel Plate hopes to have in service next year. Cars for these trains have been ordered and they will be decorated in colors and style to tie in with that of the engines. When the entire trains are assembled, they will be among the most modern, luxurious and efficient in the United States. They will present to Mr. and Mrs. Traveling America the latest in passenger train comfort and service.
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