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Does anyone know the status of the Caltrans Comet IB cars?


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#201 Agent

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:28 PM

The westbound California Zephyr came through Agency, Iowa slowly this afternoon.  The name of this Comet coach is The Lark.  Looks like a door was left open.

 



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 11:18 AM

Yup. 5003 is the last Comet IB coach to be delivered.

Edited by rickycourtney, 27 April 2014 - 11:19 AM.


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Posted 27 April 2014 - 11:34 AM

In case anyone is interested... here is my roster for the Comet IB coaches, Horizon dinettes and NPCU's:
 

Comet IB Coach
Number Delivery Name                        Notes
5001   12/  /13 “The Comet”                 (former NJTR 5155)
5002   02/  /14 “The Meteor”                (former NJTR 5158)
5003   04/27/14 “The Lark”
5004   03/06/14 “The Owl”
5005   12/14/13 “The Senator”               (former NJTR 5162)
5006   11/  /13 “The El Dorado”             (former NJTR 5163)
5007   07/10/13 “The Del Monte”             (former NJTR 5164)
5008   04/03/13 “The Redwood”               (former NJTR 5165)
5009   10/  /13 “The Valley Flyer”          (former NJTR 5166)
5010   01/  /14 “The Golden Gate”           (former NJTR 5158)
5011   09/21/13 “San Diegan”                (former NJTR 5168)
5012   10/  /13 “The Feather River Express” (former NJTR 5169)
5013   05/25/13 “The Citrus Belt Limited”   (former NJTR 5224)
5014   08/17/13 “The Spirit of California”  (former NJTR 5230)
 
Non-Powered Control Unit
Number Delivery Name                        Notes
90215  10/20/13 “Bakersfield”
90218  03/04/13 “Oakland”
90225  06/27/13 “Sacramento”                (Damaged in collision with a truck on 03/22/14. Being repaired at Beech Grove.)
 
Horizon Dinette
Number Delivery Name                        Notes
53501  07/17/13 “Golden Horizon”
53509  09/29/13 “Pacific Horizon”
53510  05/25/13 “Western Horizon”           (name according to OTOL, but lettering has not yet been applied)

Edited by rickycourtney, 28 April 2014 - 03:11 AM.

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 03:52 PM

90229 is said to be headed West today on 5(11) suspected to be filling in for the wrecked 90225. 90229 was just overhauled.(Phase V paint??)

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 02:53 PM

I think this goes in this thread.  I caught the eastbound California Zephyr that is due into Chicago today at Agency, Iowa with four Comet IB coaches behind the engines.  The coaches were CDTX 5007, 5013, 5009, 5014.  #6(05) had a nice engineer too.

 



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Posted 07 May 2018 - 03:12 PM

Anyone have any idea what they're doing or where they're going?


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Posted 07 May 2018 - 05:27 PM

If I make any bets it's Beech Grove.
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 11:48 AM

Three more Comets are on Amtrak #6(06).  These ones are CDTX 5008, 5012, and 5011.

 



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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:17 PM

It's the mass exodus of the Comets! Damn it, now I won't be able to sleep until I make a March of the Penguins spoof about some old Bombardiers.  :angry:


Edited by cpotisch, 08 May 2018 - 12:19 PM.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:38 PM

Have these been withdrawn from service? Whats replacing them, given that the Siemens cars wont be around for a while yet?
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 09:03 PM

They are headed to Pueblo for testing.


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 07:59 PM

Looks like testing is over as four Comet coaches are heading back west on Amtrak #5(19).  These four are CDTX 5012, 5008, 5011, and 5007.  I'm guessing the remaining three will be following soon.  This train was only two minutes late at Agency, Iowa.

 



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Posted 20 May 2018 - 08:30 PM

Three more are returning home on Amtrak #5(20).  The first one is CDTX 5013.  I'm guessing the other two are 5009 and 5014.

 



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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:36 AM

So do the Caltrans Comets only operate on the NorCal routes, since I'm pretty sure all the videos I've seen of them deadheading are on the CZ?


Edited by cpotisch, 21 May 2018 - 08:37 AM.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:41 AM

So do the Caltrans Comets only operate on the NorCal routes, since I'm pretty sure all the videos I've seen of them deadheading are on the CZ?

They typically operate on the San Joaquins.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:54 PM

So do the Caltrans Comets only operate on the NorCal routes, since I'm pretty sure all the videos I've seen of them deadheading are on the CZ?

They're based out of Oakland, but operate exclusively on the San Joaquins.


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 02:40 PM

They are headed to Pueblo for testing.

 

I know very little about what happens in Pueblo, but I'm interested in learning more. What type of testing would happen with cars in Pueblo?

 

Edit: Someone else told me PTC brake testing. Makes sense when combined with the reply from john small berries below. Thank you.


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 02:43 PM

 

They are headed to Pueblo for testing.

 

I know very little about what happens in Pueblo, but I'm interested in learning more. What type of testing would happen with cars in Pueblo?

 

The Transportation Technology Center is there.  Test tracks, test facilities, etc. 

 

http://www.aar.com/



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Posted 23 May 2018 - 06:14 PM

Transportation Technology Center

https://en.wikipedia...ogy_Center,_Inc.

 

https://www.google.c...!4d-104.2860055


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