An Erie Lackawanna four-axle General Electric U25B is dwarfed by the big 6-axle EMD SD45 behind it. The Mutt-and-Jeff combo is working hard to lift a westbound freight up the grade through Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. The fireman is taking advantage of the curve to look back and inspect his side of the train.
The U25B was the first mainline diesel produced by General Electric alone (the company had previously contributed electrical systems to other builders' diesels). Introduced in 1959, the 2500 U25B launched GE into the business as a newcomer, trailing far behind market leader EMD (a division of GM) and Alco. Today, GE is by far the largest builder of diesel locomotives in North America. EMD was sold by GM to Caterpillar some years ago, and Alco has long ago exited the business.
When I snapped this picture back in August 1971, little did I suspect that I would later come to live only a few miles away.
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