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Robert McDonald's Collection
 
9/22/2017
 
 
 
 
 
By:Robert McDonald
Dates:9/17/1989 - 9/17/1989
Album Info:Images Copyright 2007 RD McDonald
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GM Open House
Title:  GM Open House
Description:  In 1989, I met a fellow at a trade show in Washington DC. He was Head of Security for General Motors at McCook. When I looked at his business card, I told him, Wow! I am a rail fan! His grasp on my hand grew noticeably stronger, and he said to me, Finally, Ive got my hands on one of you He invited my wife and I to the September, 1989 Open House at McCook. Here we were, on Hallowed Ground! Mecca! The Chosen Land! 30 years earlier, as a teenager, I was riding on GMDs in Northern BC, never even dreaming that some day, I would enter the Temple! Thomas told me later that GM was blown away by the response that they got. Five times the crowd that they had estimated. And now, I wonder, What went wrong? By far, after FT 103, the most popular as gauged by the longest waiting line, was CN 5535, with her full length walk-through engine room to cab passage way. This sparkling new 3,800hp SD60F, was a hands-down winner with the crowd!
Photo Date:  9/17/1989  Upload Date: 10/11/2007 12:07:18 AM
Location:  McCook, IL
Author:  Robert McDonald
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GM Open House
Title:  GM Open House
Description:  In 1989, I met a fellow at a trade show in Washington DC. He was Head of Security for General Motors at McCook. When I looked at his business card, I told him, Wow! I am a rail fan! His grasp on my hand grew noticeably stronger, and he said to me, Finally, Ive got my hands on one of you He invited my wife and I to the September, 1989 Open House at McCook. Here we were, on Hallowed Ground! Mecca! The Chosen Land! 30 years earlier, as a teenager, I was riding on GMDs in Northern BC, never even dreaming that some day, I would enter the Temple! Thomas told me later that GM was blown away by the response that they got. Five times the crowd that they had estimated. And now, I wonder, What went wrong? By far, after FT 103, the most popular as gauged by the longest waiting line, was CN 5535, with her full length walk-through engine room to cab passage way. This sparkling new 3,800hp SD60F, was a hands-down winner with the crowd!
Photo Date:  9/17/1989  Upload Date: 10/11/2007 12:05:53 AM
Location:  McCook, IL
Author:  Robert McDonald
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Views:  221   Comments: 1
General Motors Open House
Title:  General Motors Open House
Description:  FT 103. The "Diesel that Did It!" Celebrating FT 103s 50th Anniversary. GM held its first open house, and was overwhelmed by the public response.
Photo Date:  9/17/1989  Upload Date: 10/10/2007 11:27:38 PM
Location:  McCook, IL
Author:  Robert McDonald
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Views:  216   Comments: 0
GM Main Plant Open House
Title:  GM Main Plant Open House
Description:  Its hard to believe that this is all gone. My wife Patti and I had these grins all day long at the GM Open House, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of "The Diesel That Did It!" FT 103. Now, EMD is gone, and sadly, Pattie is gone. Passed away in Marach of 2007. I miss them both ...
Photo Date:  9/17/1989  Upload Date: 10/10/2007 9:37:25 PM
Location:  McCook, IL
Author:  Robert McDonald
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Views:  208   Comments: 2
GM Main Plant
Title:  GM Main Plant
Description:  This was GMs first public open house. And a celebration of FT 103 50th anniversary.
Photo Date:  9/17/1989  Upload Date: 10/10/2007 9:35:54 PM
Location:  McCook, IL
Author:  Robert McDonald
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Views:  176   Comments: 1
GM Open House
Title:  GM Open House
Description:  Special medallion struck to honor the 50th anniversary of FT 103, the "Diesel That Did It" marking the end of steam.
Photo Date:  9/17/1989  Upload Date: 10/11/2007 1:15:13 AM
Location:  McCook, IL
Author:  Robert McDonald
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Views:  125   Comments: 0
Untitled
Title:  Untitled
Description:  There were several signs posted, as we entered the erection floor - NO PHOTOGRAPY ALLOWED. Well, you know that becomes a challange for a photo journalist! My Nikon 8008 was around my shoulder, and every time our Guide looked that way, I reached down, angled my camera, and hoped for the best! In 1989, I met a fellow at a trade show in Washington DC. He was Head of Security for General Motors at McCook. When I looked at his business card, I told him, Wow! I am a rail fan! His grasp on my hand grew noticeably stronger, and he said to me, Finally, Ive got my hands on one of you He invited my wife and I to the September, 1989 Open House at McCook. Here we were, on Hallowed Ground! Mecca! The Chosen Land! 30 years earlier, as a teenager, I was riding on GMDs in Northern BC, never even dreaming that some day, I would enter the Temple! Thomas told me later that GM was blown away by the response that they got. Five times the crowd that they had estimated. And now, I wonder, What went wrong?
Photo Date:  9/17/1989  Upload Date: 10/10/2007 11:36:56 PM
Location:  McCook, IL
Author:  Robert McDonald
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Views:  260   Comments: 1
UP 6205
Title:  UP 6205
Description:  There were several signs posted, as we entered the erection floor - NO PHOTOGRAPY ALLOWED. Well, you know that becomes a challange for a photo journalist! My Nikon 8008 was around my shoulder, and every time our Guide looked that way, I reached down, angled my camera, and hoped for the best! In 1989, I met a fellow at a trade show in Washington DC. He was Head of Security for General Motors at McCook. When I looked at his business card, I told him, Wow! I am a rail fan! His grasp on my hand grew noticeably stronger, and he said to me, Finally, Ive got my hands on one of you He invited my wife and I to the September, 1989 Open House at McCook. Here we were, on Hallowed Ground! Mecca! The Chosen Land! 30 years earlier, as a teenager, I was riding on GMDs in Northern BC, never even dreaming that some day, I would enter the Temple! Thomas told me later that GM was blown away by the response that they got. Five times the crowd that they had estimated. And now, I wonder, What went wrong?
Photo Date:  9/17/1989  Upload Date: 10/10/2007 11:38:33 PM
Location:  McCook, IL
Author:  Robert McDonald
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  UP 6205(SD60M)
Views:  253   Comments: 1
UP 6205
Title:  UP 6205
Description:  There were several signs posted, as we entered the erection floor - NO PHOTOGRAPY ALLOWED. Well, you know that becomes a challange for a photo journalist! My Nikon 8008 was around my shoulder, and every time our Guide looked that way, I reached down, angled my camera, and hoped for the best! In 1989, I met a fellow at a trade show in Washington DC. He was Head of Security for General Motors at McCook. When I looked at his business card, I told him, Wow! I am a rail fan! His grasp on my hand grew noticeably stronger, and he said to me, Finally, Ive got my hands on one of you He invited my wife and I to the September, 1989 Open House at McCook. Here we were, on Hallowed Ground! Mecca! The Chosen Land! 30 years earlier, as a teenager, I was riding on GMDs in Northern BC, never even dreaming that some day, I would enter the Temple! Thomas told me later that GM was blown away by the response that they got. Five times the crowd that they had estimated. And now, I wonder, What went wrong?
Photo Date:  9/17/1989  Upload Date: 10/10/2007 11:39:25 PM
Location:  McCook, IL
Author:  Robert McDonald
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  UP 6205(SD60M)
Views:  285   Comments: 1


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