Pan Am GE DASH 8 Locomotives

Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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They did not disable working d/b on the 600's when purchased.
345 & 616 both came back from GATX funded rebuild with good dynamics.
Dynamics, if in working order on lease units are not disabled.

However, they do not spend any money maintaining dynamics, so when something breaks they just tag it as such.

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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12.14.16, 8:30 am, westbound Pan Am train on track 2, passed the Mountain Branch heading to Rigby with what looked like 'new' power leading 3 other Pan Am units, all elephant style.
The lead engine was 3109, lease id on cab, newly painted in Pan Am's blue. No Pan am graphics on it.
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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hh660 wrote:12.14.16, 8:30 am, westbound Pan Am train on track 2, passed the Mountain Branch heading to Rigby with what looked like 'new' power leading 3 other Pan Am units, all elephant style.
The lead engine was 3109, lease id on cab, newly painted in Pan Am's blue. No Pan am graphics on it.
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3109 has been painted as such for a few years. Might have just been washed.

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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Thanks for the clarification,
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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If they do end up getting some GEs, that'll be good news regarding dynamic brakes because GE DB is more reliable,* less trouble-prone, and more effective than that of the EMD 40-series.


*obviously anything can break, and they do require some maintenance from time to time
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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No ifs about it, they're getting 20 of them. Their mechanical people are in Ohio this week.

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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MEC407 wrote:If they do end up getting some GEs, that'll be good news regarding dynamic brakes because GE DB is more reliable,* less trouble-prone, and more effective than that of the EMD 40-series.


*obviously anything can break, and they do require some maintenance from time to time
Assuming they don't just disable them like they did on the majority of their engines (or they don't have any weird electrical glitches like one of the 3400s where the ditch lights shut off when using DB).

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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Can't wait to see some pics of these bad boys

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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Sorry for the delay but thanks everyone that responded to the dynamic brake question!

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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C40-8s are beginning to ship from LTE. Number series is GECX 9000-9023. The units are NOT painted at this point, only blacklined CSX with the GECX number sprayed on the side. No pics yet that I've seen, but this info has been verified through two trusted sources. There are 24 of them, not 20.
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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These reporting marks are just temporary for transit.

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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Expect to see these units operating across the Pan Am system.
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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Any firm word on whether these units will be painted, or are they just going to be set up and put in service? I can't recall-- is District 1 good for 6-axles east of Waterville?
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Technically it is, but they rarely make it east of Waterville, let alone NMJ. As for being put in service, they still need to have the numboards changed out to the correct numbers (at the very least). I believe they're waybilled to Waterville, so we'll see what happens.

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

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Wouldnt mind seeing one of these on a WAMA! :P

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