Oct 15, 1998
Tom Wolfgang reports that the Lehigh Valley originally ordered some of their SW8's with dynamic brakes, then ordered some as normal SW8's without dynamics, then finally ordered another group of dynamic-equipped units.
John Simkovich gave me some additional information on the Lehigh Valley SW8M's equipped with dynamic brakes. He says that the locomotives had dynamic brakes because of a section on the LV called Weatherly Hill, the steepest grade on the old Valley. John says, "When the LVRR used to run steam, they would bring the new engines up this grade and pull full coal trains up it to test their new purchases of steam power. So when the steam was gone they needed something to bring the trains down this hill, and they had these switchers (SW8M's) built with dynamics to do just that. I can remember sitting on our front porch and watching the train come down with the dynamics in Notch 8."
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