Say what you will, but the New Haven Railroad in the McGuiness era was willing to try new things.
Too willing IMO !! In the fall of '55, Mr McG decided that since there were no more steam engines, the railroad no longer needed enginehouses. That was my freshman year in college in Boston living near New York. Then comes a cold snowy winter. Last Friday before Christmas, one of the big travel days, verryy cccold.; Went down to South station with plenty of time to make the 4:00 train to New York. Got on the 3:00pm train which had been waiting for power. Arrived in NY over seven hours later on a 4:30 schedule - probably the highest ever passenger-hours lost to power failures. I don't think the locomotive maintenance people were ready for working outdoors in the winter. I'm all for new ideas, but first check the facts !!!