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Amtrak ACS-64 Sprinter Discussion

Postby acelaphillies » Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:54 pm

I feel like at this point in time when there is so much news about the ACS-64, it needs a thread. Please stay ON TOPIC.

To start of the conversation, here is a video from EMDSD14R of an odd equipment move that took place on the Keystone Corridor this Sunday. It includes the ACS-64 as well as an additional assortment of equipment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQZ3IBFG9eU

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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby BuddSilverliner269 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:17 pm

That test train has a baggage car that is fitted with equipment that is suppose to represent HEP loads for 14 cars. I don't know what it is and only heard talk. I'm assuming they added the other cars to help suck up the hep load. The sleepers and diners-cafes draw the most off of the hep.
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby ThirdRail7 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:12 pm

I mentioned this in the Unique Equipment thread, but that was the ACS-64 Compatibility test train. It was out there (and other places) for days.
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby BuddSilverliner269 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:50 pm

ThirdRail7 wrote:I mentioned this in the Unique Equipment thread, but that was the ACS-64 Compatibility test train. It was out there (and other places) for days.

I don't ever read that thread and besides, you should know I don't come on much anymore anyways.
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby acelaphillies » Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:49 pm

BuddSilverliner269 wrote: That test train has a baggage car that is fitted with equipment that is suppose to represent HEP loads for 14 cars. I don't know what it is and only heard talk. I'm assuming they added the other cars to help suck up the hep load. The sleepers and diners-cafes draw the most off of the hep.

Interesting. I was wondering how they would test that, because they don't have 15 spare cars just laying around all the time.

ThirdRail7 wrote:I mentioned this in the Unique Equipment thread, but that was the ACS-64 Compatibility test train. It was out there (and other places) for days.

Hopefully each piece of equipment all worked well with the new loco.
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby ApproachMedium » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:18 pm

How many threads do we really need for ACS-64 stuff? Isnt this like the 3rd?

Anyhow I am surprised they had a diner and a viewliner available to use for testing. Most likely that baggage car was outfitted with a bunch of resistor banks to simulate the load of HEP for quite a few cars.
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby acelaphillies » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:43 pm

ApproachMedium wrote:How many threads do we really need for ACS-64 stuff? Isnt this like the 3rd?

Yes, it's the third. But the only one active one! Our problem isn't starting them, it keeping them unlocked! ;)
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby mtuandrew » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:46 pm

acelaphillies wrote:
ApproachMedium wrote:How many threads do we really need for ACS-64 stuff? Isnt this like the 3rd?

Yes, it's the third. But the only one active one! Our problem isn't starting them, it keeping them unlocked! ;)

Hey, is it just me, or do the ACS-64s look like the Turboli-

THREAD LOCKED

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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby 25Hz » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:49 pm

I wonder if the gennie was providing any power or was cut out and just providing cab controls?
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby 25Hz » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:51 pm

mtuandrew wrote:
acelaphillies wrote:
ApproachMedium wrote:How many threads do we really need for ACS-64 stuff? Isnt this like the 3rd?

Yes, it's the third. But the only one active one! Our problem isn't starting them, it keeping them unlocked! ;)

Hey, is it just me, or do the ACS-64s look like the Turboli-

THREAD LOCKED

:-D


Now that you mention it, the cab lines and

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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby ThirdRail7 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:54 pm

mtuandrew wrote:
acelaphillies wrote:
ApproachMedium wrote:How many threads do we really need for ACS-64 stuff? Isnt this like the 3rd?

Yes, it's the third. But the only one active one! Our problem isn't starting them, it keeping them unlocked! ;)

Hey, is it just me, or do the ACS-64s look like the Turboli-

THREAD LOCKED

:-D


I think they sound like the AEM............... :P
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby Tadman » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:58 pm

Hey look it's a couple of comedians....

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Slow night for you guys, eh? :-)
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby acelaphillies » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:05 pm

25Hz wrote:I wonder if the gennie was providing any power or was cut out and just providing cab controls?

I think the P42 was actually the only thing running on the move. I could see exhaust from the diesel and the pan was down.

But while we are on the ACS-64 subject, the inverse relationship between the ACS-64 delievery and the ALP-44 retirement by NJ Transit reminds me of the original business structure of the NJ DOT and how that eventually grew into what is today NJT... hope we can deal with this MINOR off-topicness....wait what do you mean the thread is locked?!?!...isn't the ACS-64 thread for all of my totally unrelated material???? ;)
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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby amtrakhogger » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:22 pm

Tadman wrote:Hey look it's a couple of comedians....

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Slow night for you guys, eh? :-)


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Re: ACS-64 Testing, Developments, & Sightings

Postby ThirdRail7 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:32 pm

If all goes according to plan, the 606 will be on the NEC in just over two weeks.
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