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#761 Agent

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:37 PM

YouTube user MobileRailSpotterRxR uploaded this video today of Cascades Chargers 1404 and 1405 after leaving the Siemens factory in Sacramento.

 



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:30 AM

This video from Saturday by YouTube user jreichel1 shows 1404 and 1405 on the southbound Coast Starlight at San Leandro, California.

 

 

This video from Sunday by HybridHobby shows the two on the eastbound Southwest Chief at Fullerton, California heading to Pueblo, Colorado.

 


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 12:05 PM

 My god this country is slow. Nothing is done with any efficiency.

First we kill all the lawyers, then the Nimbys!🤔

Just like a plumber makes a lot of money when someone else clogs the toilet, the lawyers didn't make the Charger project into a mess but are just cleaning it up.  :rolleyes: It's generally considered bad form to shoot the messenger garbage man.



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 03:47 PM

 

 My god this country is slow. Nothing is done with any efficiency.

First we kill all the lawyers, then the Nimbys!

Just like a plumber makes a lot of money when someone else clogs the toilet, the lawyers didn't make the Charger project into a mess but are just cleaning it up.  :rolleyes: It's generally considered bad form to shoot the messenger garbage man.

 

 

Yeah, but if lawyers did plumbing it would take them hundreds of hours of research and dozens of permits and documents filed over a period of months or years, when all that was wrong was the water valve was turned off.     :)

 

Seriously, though, the Charger project isn't really a mess; There are some details to work out, which in fact are probably more difficult and complex than they should be, but compared to some other passenger rail projects of late (a rail car design which crushes like a tin can.....when has design by committee ever gone wrong before.....) the locomotive end has been fairly smooth.  


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 03:53 PM

As have most passenger cars not designed by committees. Afterall, the Commuter and Heavy Rail Operators have been putting on line hundreds of passenger cars on line with nary a problem.



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:22 AM

So a Caltrans Charger was sent to the RR museum in Sacramento for a day. Wonder what that was about.



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 12:35 PM

So a Caltrans Charger was sent to the RR museum in Sacramento for a day. Wonder what that was about.

Probably as background for a dinner meeting and speakers as part of a two-day "California Passenger Rail Summit" meeting.



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 01:00 PM

Meanwhile Brightline already has 4 and will get 4 more Chargers in a couple of weeks, all doing live test runs in preparation for service inauguration this summer.



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:18 PM

Someone who has the time it would be interesting to list actual dates of each Charger leaving Sacramento so we might get an idea of the delivery intervals. As well we may need to factor in the delivery of Brightline cars.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:28 PM

So a Caltrans Charger was sent to the RR museum in Sacramento for a day. Wonder what that was about.


An ACS-64 also made a trip there back when those were being delivered. Not much more than a manufacturer marketing and showcasing their product at a relevant venue.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:33 PM

IDTX4611 made its non-revenue testing debut today making a run from Chicago to Milwaukee and back. The consist included Amfleet I, II, and horizon equipment along with P42 #57.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:00 AM

Video of IDTX 4611's test train (at 0:39 and 2:49) by YouTube user A-Train4014 Productions.

 



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:30 PM

Great to see some in the Midwest.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:52 PM

Testing continued last night with an overnight round trip to Carbondale, IL. Same consist as the Milwaukee trip.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:12 PM

Official Caltrans video featuring the previously-mentioned appearance of a Charger at the California State Railroad Museum.

 



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:33 PM

Should be double the charge and on to Quincy tomorrow.

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 02:26 AM

Official Caltrans video featuring the previously-mentioned appearance of a Charger at the California State Railroad Museum.

 

Tested @ 135 mph, certified for 125 mph. Sounds good to me.



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 06:16 PM

Another video of the Charger display at the California State Railroad Museum by YouTube user Copper Cruz which includes a look in the cab.

 



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Posted 01 May 2017 - 06:31 AM

From Railroadfan.com the following trains will have the Charger on them:

 

 

AMTRAK Train.....#954 Chicago to Pontiac, Monday, May 1, 2017. Depart Chicago at 10:00 AM Central Time. Arrives Pontiac, 5:45 PM Eastern Time. 
AMTRAK Train.....#959 Pontiac to Chicago, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Depart Pontiac at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. Arrives Chicago 1:25 PM Central Time. 

AMTRAK Train.....#960 Chicago to Port Huron, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Depart Chicago at 10:00 AM Central Time. Arrives Port Huron 5:38 PM Eastern Time. 
AMTRAK Train.....#963 Port Huron to Chicago, Thursday, May 4, 2017. Depart Port Huron at 7:45 AM Eastern Time. Arrives Chicago 1:10 PM Central Time.

 

I plan on being trackside today & will try and grab some pics. It's not believed to be leading.

 

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 09:06 AM

Here's a couple videos of testing from the past several days.  The first one from YouTube user Scott Nauert shows the 4611 leading its test train in Missouri on April 25.

 

 

This video by Todd Schultz shows a Charger leading across a bridge at St. Joseph, Michigan yesterday.

 






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