back in the day

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Tue Feb 2 18:07:26 EST 2021

When the G class was the predominant species roaming the coal fields, I
would imagine that most of their time was spent slogging through their
routine at speeds of less than 10 mph up the steep grades as was the case
with their descendants.  My question is, does anyone have any information
on the other end of the spectrum?  That is, when they were cruising
downgrade like coming down from Elkhorn tunnel toward Maybeury what would
be the highest speed they might achieve under normal circumstances?  Was
the maximum speed limited by timetable or was it left to the engineer to
make whatever speed he could while maintaining control of his train?
Hard data, insight and speculation all welcome,
Jim Cochran
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