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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:28 AM

Video from yesterday by YouTube user jchwayz shows the westbound Empire Builder at Winona, Minnesota with Cascades Chargers 1400 and 1403.

 



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 12:10 PM

Nice video.

 

The westbound Empire Builder? I know they are sending them to Pueblo for testing and burn in. Are they then being sent to Chicago before heading back to Seattle?



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 12:23 PM

Nice video.
 
The westbound Empire Builder? I know they are sending them to Pueblo for testing and burn in. Are they then being sent to Chicago before heading back to Seattle?

Due to the problem on the coast starlight, the first batch went the long way to Seattle...

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 12:40 PM

 

Nice video.
 
The westbound Empire Builder? I know they are sending them to Pueblo for testing and burn in. Are they then being sent to Chicago before heading back to Seattle?

Due to the problem on the coast starlight, the first batch went the long way to Seattle...

 

Got it, somehow I didn't make that connection in my mind.

 

Reading the latest section 305 meeting notes, it sounds like the Chargers, at least those that have been delivered, will probably be in service before the summer ends. 



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 12:52 PM

I saw them at Chicago Union Station yesterday, at about 10:30. I'm headed back that way this evening - try to get a shot of them as I go by if they're still there.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:21 PM

Several Siemens Chargers related developments here in Seattle...

 

The first two locomotives are now in Seattle. On Monday I spotted them parked at the end of the Sounder storage tracks at the Holgate Street Yard. They now appear to have moved inside the Amtrak maintenance building.

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WSDOT is holding a "rollout event" for the Chargers this Sunday, May 21st at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the platform of King Street Station. There will be the standard speeches from elected officials, commemorative giveaways, opportunities to take photos in front of the train, and informational displays about the locomotives. What there won't be are cab tours. WSDOT says due to "safety restrictions," no one will be allowed on/in the locomotives.

Here's a link to the Facebook post detailing the event.

 

Also interesting, WSDOT has launched a new ad campaign for the Cascades... and the Chargers are the new "face of the service" on billboards around Seattle.

Here's a tweet showing one of the billboards.



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 10:48 PM

WS1402 and WS1404 are making their was home from Pueblo. 3(20) should intercept them in ABQ.


They say laughter is the best medicine. Obviously they never posted on AU.


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 11:59 AM

The first two locomotives are now in Seattle. ...

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WSDOT is holding a "rollout event" for the Chargers this Sunday, May 21st at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the platform of King Street Station. There will be the standard speeches from elected officials, commemorative giveaways, opportunities to take photos in front of the train, and informational displays about the locomotives. ...

 

Here's a link to the Facebook post detailing the event.

 

Hope the Rollout Event goes well today -- a big crowd, plenty of reporters and TV cameras, happy politicians.

 

The goal here is to get another 20 or 30 minutes or so out of the run time to Portland. That's gonna need another Stimulus-sized pile of money and much political support to happen. But the new locomotives are a solid step.


Edited by WoodyinNYC, 21 May 2017 - 12:00 PM.


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 04:30 PM

The ceremony is on Facebook.  Small crowd from the looks of it.  The toast was done with cider.  



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Posted 21 May 2017 - 04:57 PM

The toast was done with cider.  

Philistines!  :P


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 07:26 AM

 

The toast was done with cider.  

Philistines!  :P

 

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 05:14 PM

Just a couple shots I took of SC-44 1402 & 1404 while they wait to join #3 which is only looking to be 30 minutes tardy today.



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Posted Today, 02:07 PM

Video of the Roll-out Event at King Street Station by Evergreen Railfan Productions.  Also, here's a news article about the event.

 



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Posted Today, 05:26 PM

Video of the Roll-out Event at King Street Station by Evergreen Railfan Productions.  Also, here's a news article about the event.

 

Thanks. I needed to see the sign reading, "Two additional round trips between Seattle & Portland coming fall of 2017," confirming that delayed start up.

 

I'd been hoping that at least one of the main corridor upgrades paid for by the Stimulus would start new timetables sooner, like, July, when all the work is supposed to have finished. Just wishing to have a simple success story to brag about while Congress is considering Amtrak's future funding. But I guess WSDOT doesn't feel the same urgency.


Edited by WoodyinNYC, Today, 05:29 PM.





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