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  1. Every single NY section of 48 I’ve seen come by my window since they got rid of the Boston baggage car has had three coaches. I’ll defer to your knowledge Thirdrail, but all I know is that I’ve never seen this before, and I’ve lived near the Hudson Line and watched them come by since the early 00s. It’s always been four coaches even through winter.
  2. I think this did actually happen during the Claytor years. There was expansion, new equipment, and service quality improvements completely in spite of a very conservative and anti-Amtrak government. Amtrak today somehow has what seems to be actual support (and record funding) from Congress. But we have Anderson and Gardner, so cost cutting, careless disposal of institutional knowledge, pointless wheel-reinvention, and all kinds of other mismanagement is the name of the game.
  3. And I know for a fact that the NY section of the LSL does not usually shrink in the winter, so it’s probably not that. I have been watching them come by since about 2004. There were a few years where the Boston section was a stub train that did not run through to Chicago, and during that time 48/49 usually had five coaches and three sleepers. This ended 2009 ish and they have almost always run with four coaches since then. There is the odd missing car now and then that has been set out somewhere, but that only lasts for a few days at most before it gets replaced.
  4. This also means that the combined train will likely run with the same single P42. I live next to the Hudson Line and I can see Amtrak going by from my window. I have noticed that 48 has only had three coaches (down from four) for the last few days, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this had to do with the single unit operation north of Albany. I don’t know about 49 as this time of year it’s dark by the time it gets to me.
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    New LD Locomotive Order Placed

    Nice catch, I didn’t see that. In that case I would give them the benefit of the doubt that they did it the right way, lol.
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    New LD Locomotive Order Placed

    What exactly did I make up? By defenition one of two things happened; either Amtrak got permission to use the photo though payment or otherwise, or they just used it without permission. Of course we don’t know which one happened since none of us work in Amtrak’s media department. My comment that they probably did it the dumb way wasn’t a statement of fact. It was just a quip based on a long history of observing Amtrak making excruciatingly poor decisions in almost every way possible and bungling nearly every major project they have.
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    Springfield Line PTC

    That’s correct but I thought the rule was modified to now require PTC. Maybe it goes into effect when PTC does on the 31st.
  8. Amtrak706

    Springfield Line PTC

    How have they been running at 110 for the past few months without ACSES?
  9. Amtrak706

    New LD Locomotive Order Placed

    You expected competence?
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    New LD Locomotive Order Placed

    Looks like they just kinda stole it from this guy on Flickr too. I’d give them the benefit of the doubt and say they got permission, but this is Amtrak we’re talking about. Of course they did it the dumb way.
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    New LD Locomotive Order Placed

    The rendering appears to be a photo of an LD train with the two P42s and baggage car photoshopped out and replaced with the single Charger and two stand-in Surfliner looking cars (most likely just the quickest thing whoever made this was able to cobble together). This would explain the diesel exhaust being where it is and why the third car is a trans dorm. I also wouldn’t read too much into the consist. Most likely the reason there is no baggage car and only one Charger is that it simply looks cleaner. AC might have better tractive effort at slower speeds but the thing that matters for passenger service is horsepower, and the Charger only has a couple hundred more than the P42. If you read the press release again, you might see where they mentioned that this is only a base order with options available for more units. TL;DR everybody calm down. PS: check out the road number. Are the stored toasters still on the active roster? They might need to be renumbered like the HHPs were.
  12. Thirdrail, would you say my post concerning the different horsepower and RPM ratings is accurate? I am always interested in more information when I can get it.
  13. No. With HEP mode off, the full 4250 HP is achieved at 1047 RPM on the prime mover. In HEP mode, the prime mover runs at a constant 900 RPM, so a maximum of only 3540 HP could theoretically be available for traction with 0 KW HEP load. With a full 800KW load, max available for traction becomes 2525 HP. A 13 car Lake Shore would be a pretty hefty load. The dual modes have 12 cylinder prime movers that are capable of 3200 HP with HEP off. With HEP on, this drops to about 2700 no load and 1800 full load. This may seem low especially considering that they need to run 110 mph, and it does take a while to get up there, but they can do it with an Empire Service or one of the medium distance trains (all 5 to 6 Amfleets, low HEP load). They struggle to get up past 100 mph with the Lake Shore, and that is only 8 cars. They do load faster than the P42s and their AC traction motors can handle that better from a standing start.
  14. Sure. With max HEP load, horsepower available for traction gets down to about 2500 or so. That is still a higher HP/ton ratio than your average freight train, but it is low enough for you to be in run 8 most of the time and possibly substantially below MAS. In other words it will handle like Auto Train or a freight train and not a passenger train, which will kill the schedule. Not to mention you now have a single point of failure on the head end that is being worked harder than normal. Just enough of a terrible idea to sound just right for Amtrak.
  15. Sure it can. It won’t accelerate worth a damn and it might not be able to cruise at 79, but it will run. That’s why Auto Train can get away with two engines - no station stops and 70 mph MAS, with schedule room for cruising at 55 or 60 in run 8 for most of the run.
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