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Metra to buy F59PHI locomotives used on Amtrak West


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#1 DSS&A

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 06:35 PM

Metra's Board approved at its February meeting today to purchase 21 F59PHI locomotives that were displaced by new Charger locomotives out in California.

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 07:21 PM

Former Amtrak units that are been replaced with state own units. (Chargers)

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 08:29 PM

Based on the number (21), this would actually mean that these would be from both the Surfliner and Cascades fleets.


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 04:05 AM

With the whole reason these locomotives were replaced being that they are nearing the end of their useful life cycle, and furthermore, with commuter service, with its frequent start and stop cycles, being more taxing on wear and tear than Amtrak service, would it be fair to assume that from METRA's perspective, this is a temporary measure?



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Posted 22 February 2018 - 07:23 AM

It is more likely that they intend to rebuild them to have them last a while, and they believe that a second hand purchase + rebuild is cheaper than buying brand new units. Time will tell.



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Posted 22 February 2018 - 09:37 AM

Metra issued an RFP for new/remanufactured locomotives late last year. Their press release re: the F59PHIs (https://metrarail.co...y-newer-engines) indicates that they are still working on that process, and are acquiring the Amtrak units because they are service ready at least two years ahead of whatever comes from the RFP.

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 06:59 PM

buying older units and overhauling them , will keep them from tier 3 and 4 requirements.

the older units are grandfathered as tier 0. 






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