So much so that at one point, while we discussed a disappointing report card, my Dad said “If you paid as much attention to your homework as you do those damn locomotives, you might amount to something some day!”
Charles Kettering’s exquisite machine.
In his editorial, Mr. Morgan tried to describe, as many of us have, the thrilling, rhythmic, quality of the General Motors EMD 16V-567C diesel engine. Here are some examples, that I am not ashamed to admit, bring tears to my eyes, as I relive my teenage years in Prince Rupert, 1957- 1959:
- Type AA16C, Norwegian State Railways, built 1954. Listen for the Gardner-Denver Air Pump.
- Starting a Kodachrome. "There ain't no turbo whine!"
- Cab Ride with a little "Run 8."
- Geep 9 kicking cars, with a little "Run 8." Notice the Flexicoil Trucks!
- Westbound Canadian with FP9 1432, F9B 1965 and ex CP Rail FP9 1406 depart Banff, Alberta. Three units throttling up!
Recently, while doing research on ignitron rectifier locomotives, I had reason to contact Trains. And, while I held out little chance for success, for the umpteenth time, asked for them to find that particular editorial by DPM. I could not remember the year of publication. All I could remember were the words “sixteen of ‘em to a block.”
The editorial obviously means much more to me than it will to you, for the circumstances I related. I love it because “DPM” was just as mesmerized by the sound of that engine as I was, and attempted to explain in his editorial, the reason behind the thrilling sound of the 567C.
I have reset the typography from the original two-page magazine spread, to make it easier for you to read.
Here now, for your enjoyment, the editorial that had been haunting me so elusively for more than 50 years, “Formula for a Chant” by David P. Morgan. Copyright 1957. Trains Magazine. Reprinted by permission: