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Re: GTW SW engines on road trains
And SW-type locos on Chessie road trains that I can recall would have been ferry moves either idling or dead-in-tow. As such, they would be handled like a "file car" and we would issue handling instructions through the chief dispatcher's office. Seem to recall they had to be handled within first 5 cars of train and at reduced speed. Normally, they were right behind the head-end power. The closest we came to using them as sole power was the daily Saginaw-Bay City turn job (75/76) that customarily had 2 SW units MU-d back to back. I recall a couple of times when short on power that we put two of them on the Saginaw-Bad Axe job (806), but had them swap power with the westbound (803) when they met at Sebewaing to get the switchers back to Saginaw yard as soon as possible. At one time, the locals at Alma-St Louis and at Greenville used SW units.