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Old 09-11-2011, 03:49 PM   #7
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Tampa, FL
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Ghetto grills is what they were called.

Many Amtrak, and MBTA units had them in the 70's/80's. The FL9's, F40PH, E60, E and F units and some AEM7's assigned to certain areas in the northeast, specifically NORTH of New York.

It was because people (kids/thugs) thought it was cool to throw stuff off bridges and onto trains. I think at some point someone was killed by it. At some point a few things happened. First, most bridges had fencing/guardrails built up so people cant throw stuff off bridges. Second, the FRA came up with more stringent requirements for locomotive windshield glass. It is thicker and tempered.
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