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Date: 08/28/20 18:37
duck your head!
Author: mapboy

In pix #7 here-  https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11,5092063  the guy looks like he’s having to duck to avoid bumping his head on the Krauss-Maffei's door.  Are there a lot of loco models with low doors like that?  Any models that stand out?<br /><br />

mapboy



Date: 08/28/20 20:43
Re: duck your head!
Author: LarryDoyle

ALL locomotives doors are too small.

The worst diesel cab is GP30. Most of the ceiling is 6ft 6in above floor, with a higher portion next to windshield. A painful headbanger

-LD



Date: 08/28/20 21:08
Re: duck your head!
Author: PHall

LarryDoyle Wrote:
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> ALL locomotives doors are too small.
>
> The worst diesel cab is GP30. Most of the ceiling
> is 6ft 6in above floor, with a higher portion next
> to windshield. A painful headbanger
>
> -LD

Unless you're 5'-7" like me! There are times when it pays to be short.



Date: 08/28/20 21:11
Re: duck your head!
Author: kilroydiver

He probably is ducking to get into the K-M cab. I have to when I work on the 9010 at Niles Canyon.

Dave 



Date: 08/29/20 08:14
Re: duck your head!
Author: 3rdswitch

Or, 5' 4", like me ( 5' 7" is not short ), all doors, except the nose doors on F's, were no problem.
JB



Date: 08/29/20 08:28
Re: duck your head!
Author: swingnose

Yep being 5’6” has its benefits sometimes

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Date: 08/30/20 01:55
Re: duck your head!
Author: JasonCNW

I am 6'2" and I have to watch my head on every door. The worst is trying to contort yourself into the nose door on EMD's to use the toilet.
JC

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Date: 08/30/20 09:21
Re: duck your head!
Author: trainjunkie

JasonCNW Wrote:
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> I am 6'2" and I have to watch my head on every
> door. The worst is trying to contort yourself
> into the nose door on EMD's to use the toilet.
> JC

Yep. 6'-1" here. Have to be careful on all cab doors. In addition to the GP30s, the U and C series GEs were terrible. Don't get me started on toilet compartments, especially the ones with the step inside the door. Gotta' be a contortionist or gymnast to take a leak. Getting out is even worse.



Date: 08/30/20 22:07
Re: duck your head!
Author: roustabout

I'm 6' 5" and just shy of 300 lbs...and dislike conventionalcab dash 8 GEs the most.  Smaller doors, more cramped seating on the right side of the cab



Date: 08/31/20 09:41
Re: duck your head!
Author: Drknow

Conventional cab Dash-8's. TERRIBLE to get into. Slow loading, stinking... Bleech. Hated those damn things.



Date: 08/31/20 21:39
Re: duck your head!
Author: SanJoaquinEngr

I am a 6 foot.. the worst doors are the on the SD 60's..  A fellow engineer Diesel Dave used to wear a helmet because he hit his head once too many times on the doorways...



Date: 09/01/20 08:20
Re: duck your head!
Author: Trainhand

No one hasmentioned the nose compartments and doors of E and F units, especially when nose to nose.



Date: 09/01/20 13:10
Re: duck your head!
Author: Bob3985

I remember a couople of engineers out of North Platte who had issues with head room and also squeezing thru the doors on the early GE's.

Bob Krieger
Cheyenne, WY



Date: 09/01/20 15:51
Re: duck your head!
Author: sp3204

okay, I'll bite!

Being an SP guy, it was always fun to fold yourself in half and back into the nose of the early SD45's to get to the toillet.
Being 5'9" it wasn't as bad for me, but those 6 foot plus conductors really had to pretzel themselves with the taller ones
really interesting to watch. The SD40's (8400's) were probably the same.



Date: 09/01/20 19:11
Re: duck your head!
Author: trainjunkie

SanJoaquinEngr Wrote:
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> I am a 6 foot.. the worst doors are the on the SD
> 60's..  A fellow engineer Diesel Dave used to
> wear a helmet because he hit his head once too
> many times on the doorways...

Ha. If Dave's nickname wasn't "Diesel", it could have been "Stretch" (put it with his last name). He's a tall dude, even by my 6+ foot standard. I'm sure that hardhat came in handy on just about every unit for him.

BTW, IIRC, he was on the committee that helped develop the cab layout with the desktop control stand for the first EMD "comfort cab" locomotives on the UP, the SD60Ms. I should ask him about it. He and Joyce retired to Oregon and built a house there.



Date: 09/02/20 05:12
Re: duck your head!
Author: engineerinvirginia

Certain Uboats and their later dash 7 variants were pretty difficult.....we had a 500 pound engineer, who would position himself at the door, toss in his effects, and then you would put a boot on his arse and push him in......going out he kind of just oozed out...



Date: 09/03/20 08:57
Re: duck your head!
Author: tomstp

GWAD, how awful.



Date: 09/03/20 09:28
Re: duck your head!
Author: TAW

engineerinvirginia Wrote:
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> Certain Uboats and their later dash 7 variants
> were pretty difficult.....we had a 500 pound
> engineer, who would position himself at the door,
> toss in his effects, and then you would put a boot
> on his arse and push him in......going out he kind
> of just oozed out...

I watched that process with a CNW conductor at B&OCT Western Ave tower in Chicago. It took both brakies to help him up the steps and shove him between the rail and the end of the car, and through the door. How he ever passed a biennial physical is beyond me.

I think it was in BN springfield that it was explained that they took the yardmaster tower out of service after they had to order a crane to remove a yardmaster after a heart attack.

TAW



Date: 09/03/20 12:23
Re: duck your head!
Author: tehachcond

SanJoaquinEngr Wrote:
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> I am a 6 foot.. the worst doors are the on the SD
> 60's..  A fellow engineer Diesel Dave used to
> wear a helmet because he hit his head once too
> many times on the doorways...

I hear you Dag.  I'm 6'6", and ALL the doors on ALL the locomotives were too small.  IMHO, the worst, however, were the old "Covered wagon 'F'" units, and the GE U-Boats.  The center cab ALCo C415's were contenders too.

Brian Black
Castle Rock, CO



Date: 09/03/20 19:40
Re: duck your head!
Author: SanJoaquinEngr

tehachcond Wrote:
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> SanJoaquinEngr Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I am a 6 foot.. the worst doors are the on the
> SD
> > 60's..  A fellow engineer Diesel Dave used to
> > wear a helmet because he hit his head once too
> > many times on the doorways...
>
> I hear you Dag.  I'm 6'6", and ALL the doors on
> ALL the locomotives were too small.  IMHO, the
> worst, however, were the old "Covered wagon 'F'"
> units, and the GE U-Boats.  The center cab ALCo
> C415's were contenders too.
>
> Brian Black
> Castle Rock, CO

When you worked with Dick Brand did you flip a coin to determine which one of you would board the engine first ?

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