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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby frequentflyer » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:29 pm

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/612035/

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/588450/

To engineers who operate this locomotive, does it bother you that the front pillars are so thick to obstruct views to the right or left? The engineer does not sit in the center.
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby frequentflyer » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:01 pm

I noticed strobes on the Chargers, I thought the ditch lights made the strobes redundant. I like the strobes better, missed watching the F40 strobes bounce off CUS ceiling.
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby gokeefe » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:55 am

frequentflyer wrote:http://www.railpictures.net/photo/612035/

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/588450/

To engineers who operate this locomotive, does it bother you that the front pillars are so thick to obstruct views to the right or left? The engineer does not sit in the center.


Great photos. Amtrak must be very pleased with the latest addition.
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby jwhite07 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:02 pm


Now that's a real locomotive - duct tape seal on the engineer's side window :-D
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:47 pm

cause they have sensor wires running trough it to truck ?
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby ApproachMedium » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:23 pm

frequentflyer wrote:http://www.railpictures.net/photo/612035/

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/588450/

To engineers who operate this locomotive, does it bother you that the front pillars are so thick to obstruct views to the right or left? The engineer does not sit in the center.



The pillars are no bother. You look forward not to the sides so much. The side windows are perfectly lined up where you can spot a train easily thru the window, unlike HST and HHP-8 which were too high for some shorter people.

I cant wait to see how long it takes for the midwest and cali guys to want to rip those horrible seats out. No suspension in them. You feel everything in the track.
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby ExCon90 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:55 pm

ApproachMedium wrote:
I cant wait to see how long it takes for the midwest and cali guys to want to rip those horrible seats out. No suspension in them. You feel everything in the track.


Possibly not a problem on DB track; often in the coaches you don't know when you're going through an interlocking if you're not looking out the window. May show the need to consider where the units will be running.
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby Nasadowsk » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:22 pm

ExCon90 wrote:
Possibly not a problem on DB track; often in the coaches you don't know when you're going through an interlocking if you're not looking out the window. May show the need to consider where the units will be running.


Or the need to actually maintain your track and equipment...
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby Tadman » Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:04 pm

What's DB track?
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby frequentflyer » Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:23 pm

ApproachMedium wrote:
frequentflyer wrote:http://www.railpictures.net/photo/612035/

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/588450/

To engineers who operate this locomotive, does it bother you that the front pillars are so thick to obstruct views to the right or left? The engineer does not sit in the center.



The pillars are no bother. You look forward not to the sides so much. The side windows are perfectly lined up where you can spot a train easily thru the window, unlike HST and HHP-8 which were too high for some shorter people.

I cant wait to see how long it takes for the midwest and cali guys to want to rip those horrible seats out. No suspension in them
. You feel everything in the track.


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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby ApproachMedium » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:19 pm

Amtrak would have that bose seat broken in no time.

A traditional USSC seat with the adjustable spring shock absorbing seat would be fantastic.
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby twropr » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:36 am

I heard that only one Charger is in service Chicago-Milwaukee and two are testing as trailing units Chicago-St. Louis. What kind of issues are keeping the others from being in service?
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby byte » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:56 pm

twropr wrote:I heard that only one Charger is in service Chicago-Milwaukee and two are testing as trailing units Chicago-St. Louis. What kind of issues are keeping the others from being in service?
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CHI-STL trains don't have a Charger in the lead because they haven't yet gotten the proper cab signaling/etc to lead through the 110mph segment.
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Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:26 pm

foreign nations buy far more US locomotives than US buys foreign units, so protectionism would bite us in the ass.
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