MARC Engine Failures

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  1. May 22, 2018 #1

    sitzplatz17

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    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)...

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  2. May 23, 2018 #2

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    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.
     
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    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:

    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.
     
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  5. May 24, 2018 #5

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

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