Metra to buy F59PHI locomotives used on Amtrak West
Posted 21 February 2018 - 06:35 PM
Posted 21 February 2018 - 07:21 PM
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.
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?
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.
Posted 22 February 2018 - 09:37 AM
We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.
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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