K. P. Harrier
The SD40-2 was the last great locomotive EMD built. General Motors, parent of EMD, started having major problems in the 1970’s selling cars (junkmobiles), and because of stupidity lost market share bigtime. Everybody had to tighten their belts, and EMD was no exception. They started selling junk and they lost market share with diesels too.
The thought that EMD units are great is a pipedream. A contact recently was the engineer of a new SD70ACe (NOT the “-T4”). He said it was junk! Can you image a new locomotive being junk?
Simply put, CAT has its work cut out for them as the new owner of EMD (or whatever it’s called now). Railfans that marvel at EMD are making fools of themselves, because EMD’s ARE junk, and those in the know absolutely know that. It is unknown if CAT can restore EMD to greatness, but in their trying it really has its work cut out for them. But, all eyes are now watching them …