eolesen wrote:How hard is it for people to accept the fact that these won't have genset HEP?.....
The F59's came as-is from Amtrak. The SD70MACH's will come from rebuild.
I think people are also forgetting that most SD70MACs have an as-built weight of 415,000 lbs. Assuming an upper limit of 432,000 lbs, that doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room to work with in terms of adding in an ENTIRE genset skid (diesel engine, alternator, associated framing and electrical wiring, fuel lines, exhaust manifolds, etc). They're already being rebuilt with Tier III 16-710s, which comes with additional cooling systems, so you've already lost some of the 17k lbs wiggle room you started with. And that doesn't even consider the question of where within the locomotive you'd fit such a skid without lengthening the body 4-6 feet: https://web.archive.org/web/20041114163 ... MAC_EN.pdf
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