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#981 west point

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:43 PM

Carmen for brake check ?



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:49 PM


 

 

 

 

 

Turns out it departed 34 minutes late from ABQ, for a total dwell time of 1:02.  The cause apparently was picking up two Chargers.  Now I understand why it would take over an hour :ph34r: to attach the engines; but why ABQ and not La Junta.  I assume they were coming from testing at Pueblo, which is much closer to La Junta. What does ABQ have that La Junta doesn't?

 

Mechanical forces, fuel, storage, a crew base, 18 more minutes in dwell time than LAJ......


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 01:05 AM

Recently, when I left Santa Fe to catch the east bound Chief 30 minutes away at Lamy, train status said that it had arrived in Albuquerque, the preceding station, 47 minutes early, and that it was expected in Lamy on time.

 

Turns out it departed 34 minutes late from ABQ, for a total dwell time of 1:02.  The cause apparently was picking up two Chargers.  Now I understand why it would take over an hour :ph34r: to attach the engines; but why ABQ and not La Junta.  I assume they were coming from testing at Pueblo, which is much closer to La Junta.  What does ABQ have that La Junta doesn't?

 

I don't, somebody  please clue me in why it takes an hour to attach two locomotives



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Posted 03 December 2017 - 06:49 AM

They did more than just attach the engines while stopped.
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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:18 AM

Recently, when I left Santa Fe to catch the east bound Chief 30 minutes away at Lamy, train status said that it had arrived in Albuquerque, the preceding station, 47 minutes early, and that it was expected in Lamy on time.
 
Turns out it departed 34 minutes late from ABQ, for a total dwell time of 1:02.  The cause apparently was picking up two Chargers.  Now I understand why it would take over an hour :ph34r: to attach the engines; but why ABQ and not La Junta.  I assume they were coming from testing at Pueblo, which is much closer to La Junta.  What does ABQ have that La Junta doesn't?

 
I don't, somebody  please clue me in why it takes an hour to attach two locomotives
They allow 28 mins - per the schedule - for servicing the train.
It takes time to couple cars/engines. Get the engines onto the same track as the train - that can take time based on where the engines were stored in relation to the track where the SWC is stopped. Then there’s the careful coupling, connecting the cables, testing the brakes/air hoses, etc.


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:35 AM

plus all steps to take for blue light protection.



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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:41 AM

plus all steps to take for blue light protection.

Yep. I knew I didn’t include everything and was thinking about the safety aspects too.


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 12:57 PM

There is another thing that was left out. These engines that are being picked up aren't just "being attached."  They are dead in tow engines that aren't being used.  As such, they must be buried in the engine consist which typically involves separating the inbound power from the train, using them to retrieve the dead units, making them up (mu'ing them), then coupling back to the train.

 

Once that is completed, THEN you can perform your calendar inspection on the ENTIRE train.


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:23 PM

Hey! I said i understood the engine change time; but what about ABQ vs. LAJ?



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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:24 PM

it was answered one has mechanical dept, other has not



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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:38 PM

 

 

 

I don't, somebody  please clue me in why it takes an hour to attach two locomotives

 

Paul, we were responding to this post, not yours.  ;)



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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:45 PM

Hey! I said i understood the engine change time; but what about ABQ vs. LAJ?

 

To repeat:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turns out it departed 34 minutes late from ABQ, for a total dwell time of 1:02.  The cause apparently was picking up two Chargers.  Now I understand why it would take over an hour :ph34r: to attach the engines; but why ABQ and not La Junta.  I assume they were coming from testing at Pueblo, which is much closer to La Junta. What does ABQ have that La Junta doesn't?

 

Mechanical forces, fuel, storage, a crew base, 18 more minutes in dwell time than LAJ......


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


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 04:50 AM

New video showing the UP SFLES 01 on its way to Kansas City with three MARC Chargers and a SEPTA ACS-64:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=NJK6lCfmJIQ

 

Also, can anyone tell me how to embed videos on here? I tried searching the help page here and on google using site:discuss.amtraktrains.com, but found nothing helpful. Thanks!


Edited by daybeers, 06 December 2017 - 04:52 AM.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:41 PM

Videos normally embed themselves. 


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:29 PM

Two of the WSDOT units, 1400 and 1404, are out of service after incidents this week. 1404 hit a car, and 1400 was damaged by a trespasser in the Amtrak Seattle coach yard.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 02:34 PM

Two of the WSDOT units, 1400 and 1404, are out of service after incidents this week. 1404 hit a car, and 1400 was damaged by a trespasser in the Amtrak Seattle coach yard.

 

I heard the trespasser tried to (or did)  set a fire to 1400. Anyone have more info?

 

And does anyone know the extent of damage to the two units? 


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