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by Jersey_Mike
Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amfleet parts
Replies: 22
Views: 9289

Re: Amfleet parts

jhdeasy wrote: Do the Amfleet trucks contain any large forgings?
Not sure...what does it look like to you?

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by Jersey_Mike
Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: MBTA's MPI HSP-46 Locomotives
Replies: 2958
Views: 664562

Re: New MBTA Locomotive Order Discussion (MPI HSP-46)

So we need to displace the scary image in popular imagination that "froze up" = "engine block cracked by frozen water". Does the EVO engine use a solid engine block or power assemblies like an EMD? I did some research on this a few months ago and I saw reference to power assemblies. On an EMD the e...
by Jersey_Mike
Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amfleet parts
Replies: 22
Views: 9289

Re: Amfleet parts

The Pioneer IIIs are no longer available new, but the St. Louis Car-GSI 70 series trucks might still be available. The Comet Vs still had them new, but the Multilevels now use a heavier outboard truck. It is generally considered Taboo to switch the trucks of a passenger car to one of a different de...
by Jersey_Mike
Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Freight through Penn...
Replies: 47
Views: 9782

Re: Freight through Penn...

The reference which I believe Jersey_Mike is likely referring is a first hand account in the introduction to Don Ball Jr.s excellent "Pennsylvania Railroad 1940s-1950s". The introduction is by E.T. Harley who was the PRR's last assistant chief mechanical officer. He describes being first hand on a ...
by Jersey_Mike
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: MBTA's MPI HSP-46 Locomotives
Replies: 2958
Views: 664562

Re: New MBTA Locomotive Order Discussion (MPI HSP-46)

2533 posts… 169 pages… All about a routine equipment replacement? Do I get the impression that some of you are rooting (screaming) for these things to fail? It would have probably been easier for all parties involved if the MBTA had just decided to convert its existing fleet into F33PH-3CECOs. :P
by Jersey_Mike
Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Freight through Penn...
Replies: 47
Views: 9782

Re: Freight through Penn...

There are so many reasons this will never happen again that we could post about it for days, weeks... If you recall which, please post the name of it. Coming from a book, hopefully there's a reference in the back to where that info came from. I'm one of those annoying "show me the proof" people :) ...
by Jersey_Mike
Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Winter Storm "Juno" Cancelations
Replies: 16
Views: 3205

Re: Winter Storm "Juno" Cancelations

The state and many towns have closed the roads in CT since 9pm last night because they don't want stranded motorists blocking the plows or freezing to death. If trains could run, nobody could get to or from the stations. What can Amtrak do but suspend service? They can't drop people at a station wi...
by Jersey_Mike
Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Heritage Diner Disposal
Replies: 91
Views: 23617

Re: Heritage Diner Disposal

It doesnt cost 50K to fix a hotbox. When you are by the side of the track in Iowa you have to pay someone to come out and put your car up on blocks to affect the repair. Then there is the cost of the repair and any other materials and then finally you need to get your car put on another train one o...
by Jersey_Mike
Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Freight through Penn...
Replies: 47
Views: 9782

Re: Freight through Penn...

One of my PRR books mentions some experiment with taking a loaded coal train through the tunnels in the 1950's or 60's. The up and down grades managed to break 3 or 4 knuckle couplers and the experiment was not repeated.
by Jersey_Mike
Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: 100th Anniversary Main Line Electrification to Paoli
Replies: 38
Views: 11514

Re: Main Line Electrification

What did the PRR do when there was less demand on the catenary power? Slow down the amount of water running through the generator at the dam? Change gears on the rotary converter? That would be the power company's problem, but in general less load would increase the rotational speed of the turbine ...
by Jersey_Mike
Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Sales of SEPTA Station Naming Rights
Replies: 100
Views: 44969

Re: Sales of SEPTA Station Naming Rights

Oh man that is a thumb in Comcast's eye.
by Jersey_Mike
Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Heritage Diner Disposal
Replies: 91
Views: 23617

Re: Heritage Diner Disposal

Something tells me private operators that have a sleeper and/or coach, may be interested in these Heritage Diners and would be willing to throw Amtrak some descent cash for the Diners..........In the early 2000's even VIA Rail Canada was eyeing some of the Heritage Diners. Not now though - VIA has ...
by Jersey_Mike
Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Planned Reduced Winter Consists
Replies: 125
Views: 31089

Re: Planned Reduced Winter Consists

This should be one of the last winters that this operational tactic is required. It may happen during the Winter of 2015-2016 but by that time the new bi-levels will be just about ready for delivery. Because new equipment always works better! Will be interesting to see where the Horizons end up. Th...
by Jersey_Mike
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Piedmont Service
Replies: 502
Views: 102579

Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Piedmont Service

To switch topics, over the past few years, we've seen a decline in ridership at the overcrowded Raleigh station, but an even bigger increase at nearby Cary. The assumption has been that riders who formerly used Raleigh have switched to the less-crowded Cary (which has more plentiful parking). In FY...

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