an engineer has trouble in determining the position of the bobby (an old word for a ground based signal, taken from a signal based at rail intersections invented in the early 1920's) , these ground based signals often had a quarter revolving plate with a red bar pointing to either the green or red bulb, in this instance it was probably stuck with ice.
the AEM's are interesting locomotives in that Amtrak wanted a powerful and reliable engine to replace the Pennsylvania Rail Road GG1 locomotive (PRR GG1) unfortunately the GE E60 units failed to deliver and were considered unsuitable for fast running above 90 MPH so Amtrak were forced to look elsewhere.. they looked at both French and Swedish engines as immediate replacements, two machines were trialled in 1979 with a further 30 or so being ordered by the years end. Naturally, they were nick-named 'Toasters' by the rail fraternity because of their box like shape. Two types were produced, DC current at 11,000v and AC current at 25,000v. The power output is approximately 7,000HP and these locomotives are good for 125 MPH running. They are formidable machines, their lineage can be traced back to the Swiss firm of Brown Boveri a long established locomotive builder who amalagamted with a Swedish firm in order to produce these machines.
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