Posted 06 September 2018 - 04:15 PM
Interesting that Amtrak in its potential locomotive orders states it wants a longer unit, rumored to be for a larger HEP unit in comparison to the Chargers produced now. I wander if Amtrak goes with Siemens will Amtrak spec a different look or nose for their units.
Where are there specifications for the various chargers already produced ? Thought all were ordered with the 1000 kW capacity for ease of interoperability with various agencies ? The 680 kW is listed as standard. However all Chargers have the same HEP inverters that are installed in the ACS-64s ( 2 in thoses units ) Maybe that is a derating limit installed at customer's request. aWe blieve that 680 kW would be at least sufficient for 13 cars requiring HEP Amtrak train superliner. 14 with baggage. Probably a 16 car single level ?
As I understand it, mechanically, there are only two kinds of Chargers, the SC-44 and the SCB-40. From what I've read, the latter is just an SC-44 fitted with a special nose and tuned down to have 4000 hp instead of 4400 hp. Beyond that, it looks like they're all the same.
Routes Traveled: Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, California Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Ethan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, Adirondack, Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone Service, Downeaster w/ Great Dome
Wish List: Auto Train, Cardinal, CONO, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Crescent (overnight), Adirondack w/ Great Dome