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Re: GE vs WH in SMEE Fleet

Posted by Dyre Dan on Fri Jan 14 11:50:38 2022, in response to GE vs WH in SMEE Fleet, posted by Q65A on Thu Jan 13 10:53:19 2022.

Not directly relevant to subway car performance, but the GE vs. WH rivalry is one that goes back to the earliest days of commercial electricity. I was listening to some YouTube clips about the early history of the electrical industry, and GE is descended from a company run by Thomas Edison (although he later lost control of it), while Westinghouse was of course run by its namesake, George Westinghouse. They have been in competition since the AC vs. DC "war of the currents". Subway brakes may not have much to do with that, but it's interesting that they remained competitors into the modern era, with the MTA choosing not to pick one over the other.


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