Jump to content




Help Support AmtrakTrains.com by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.

Photo

MARC Engine Failures


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 sitzplatz17

sitzplatz17

    OBS Chief

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 278 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Washington D.C.
  • Interests:Did a human build it? Does it move? Then I like it!!
    Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Ships, Bicycles, etc.

Posted 22 May 2018 - 05:55 PM

One of the Facebook groups I follow has been regularly reporting engine issues for some of the northbound afternoon runs.

Anyone here have any idea what’s going on? This keeps happening when I don’t have a chance to actually swing by WAS and see what kind of equipment is on the lead. Curious what kind of locos are causing these issues and if it’s the same one that keeps failing.

Wouldn’t surprise me if it was a hippo (HHP-8)...

Attached File  IMG_1282.jpg   413.41KB   15 downloads
  • daybeers likes this

Amtrak Routes I've ridden: Acela Service (4x), Adirondack, Auto Train (9x), California Zephyr (3x), Capitol Limited (4x), Cardinal, Cascades Service (2x), Coast Starlight, Crescent (2x), Downeaster, Empire Builder, Hiawatha Service, Lake Shore Limited, Lincoln Service (2x), Missouri River Runner, Northeast Regional (20x+), Pacific Surfliner (10x), Palmetto, Silver Meteor (2x), Silver Star, Southwest Chief (2x), Sunset Limited (ORL - NOL in '01), and the Texas Eagle.

Travelin' Amtrak since '93


#2 Thirdrail7

Thirdrail7

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,173 posts

Posted 22 May 2018 - 06:34 PM

Time is catching up for the overused MARC fleet. Contrary to your thoughts, it is actually the diesels that are being a handful. They've had problems for years. They weren't meant for this and we predicted and discussed this on another board a few years ago. I think you'll find the  Does MARC have a power problem brewing on the Penn Line? thread interesting.


  • sitzplatz17 likes this

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


#3 Thirdrail7

Thirdrail7

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,173 posts

Posted 22 May 2018 - 06:49 PM

This conversation goes back to 2014, when they were starting to sideline the MARC AEM-7s and most figured that this might become an issue.

 

The Cliff Notes version of my post:

 


 

That being said, you have to consider the purchase. These MPs that commuter railroads are snatching up are not particularly suited for the Penn Line. They may work out great for the Rail Runner, VRE, MBTA in addition to MARC's Brunswick and Camden Lines. Those lines poke along at lower speeds. I think MARC will learn these engines are not up for spending the vast majority of their operational time "notched out" as they attempt to pull large consists at 90mph for long periods of time.

 

Couple that with an increased amount of (albeit shorter) trains operating, with less reliance on the electrics and you have the situation that is front of you. Fortunately, the Chargers are appearing and the fleet should get some relief and additional maintenance.


Edited by Thirdrail7, 22 May 2018 - 06:54 PM.

  • sitzplatz17 and daybeers like this

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


#4 jrud

jrud

    Service Attendant

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 69 posts

Posted 23 May 2018 - 03:04 PM

FYI. If you go to the back pages of the MARC RAC minutes at https://mta.maryland...meeting-minutesyou can get a good idea of all the reasons for delays and cancellations.

#5 sitzplatz17

sitzplatz17

    OBS Chief

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 278 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Washington D.C.
  • Interests:Did a human build it? Does it move? Then I like it!!
    Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Ships, Bicycles, etc.

Posted 23 May 2018 - 08:12 PM

Time is catching up for the overused MARC fleet. Contrary to your thoughts, it is actually the diesels that are being a handful. They've had problems for years. They weren't meant for this and we predicted and discussed this on another board a few years ago. I think you'll find the  Does MARC have a power problem brewing on the Penn Line? thread interesting.


This was super interesting, informative, and helpful! Thanks Thirdrail7!

Amtrak Routes I've ridden: Acela Service (4x), Adirondack, Auto Train (9x), California Zephyr (3x), Capitol Limited (4x), Cardinal, Cascades Service (2x), Coast Starlight, Crescent (2x), Downeaster, Empire Builder, Hiawatha Service, Lake Shore Limited, Lincoln Service (2x), Missouri River Runner, Northeast Regional (20x+), Pacific Surfliner (10x), Palmetto, Silver Meteor (2x), Silver Star, Southwest Chief (2x), Sunset Limited (ORL - NOL in '01), and the Texas Eagle.

Travelin' Amtrak since '93





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users