• SEEN GE'S "NEW" EXPLODING MAIN RESERVOIRS YET ?

  • Discussion of General Electric locomotive technology. Current official information can be found here: www.getransportation.com.
Discussion of General Electric locomotive technology. Current official information can be found here: www.getransportation.com.

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  by GOLDEN-ARM
 
Here is a report, courtesey of the BLE, detailing the problem with new GE locomotives' exploding main reservoirs. .....................................FRA issues Safety Advisory on GE reservoir tanks
CLEVELAND, April 21 -- The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen’s National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C., is warning its members of potential “catastrophic failures” in main air reservoir tanks of certain General Electric locomotives.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has also issued Safety Advisory 2005-02 to make the rail industry aware of the situation. Reservoir tanks hold compressed air used to charge the brakepipe for the train. Air is pumped to them until they reach a pressure of approximately 140 psi from the locomotive’s air compressor.

The defective reservoir tanks were manufactured by R&R Metal Fabricators, Inc., and installed in approximately 2,700 General Electric Transportation System (GETS) locomotives. A total of 5,826 suspect main reservoir tanks were manufactured from 1988 to 1995. To date, four of them have failed catastrophically while in service. None of the failed reservoirs has resulted in any injuries.

Additional tanks have been removed over the years due to leakage through welded seams.

BLET members can identify suspect main reservoirs by looking for a nameplate attached to the skin of the tank. They are found at eye to chest level on both sides of freight and passenger locomotives. They range in size of four to six feet in length and approximately 12-18 inches in diameter.

The FRA announced Safety Advisory 2005-02 through a notice in the Federal Register on April 20. General Electric has provided the FRA with a list of the 2,700 locomotives that are equipped with the suspect tanks.

Raymond Holmes, BLET Vice-President & National Legislative Representative, requests that all correspondence and questions regarding Safety Advisory 2005-02 should be sent to his office for handling. Members should call (202) 624-8776 or e-mail: [email protected].

A copy of Safety Advisory 2005-02 is available on the BLET website at:
http://www.ble-t.org/pr/pdf/safetyadvisory200502.pdf REGARDS :wink:

  by nickleinonen
 
i've changed out many at work now...

they have a profile gauge.. if it doesn't fit right on the outside, you know the tank is starting to fail, and gets changed out... this is mostly on our dash8 [cn2400's]

  by BlackDog
 
Exploding reservoirs, brought to you by the same innovative people who brought you the "Rattle Cab".

  by GOLDEN-ARM
 
Yeah, and those "tin foil" car bodies :wink:

  by AmtrakFan
 
BlackDog wrote:Exploding reservoirs, brought to you by the same innovative people who brought you the "Rattle Cab".
Or Exploding Reserviors brought to you by GE the Imginative People at Work who also invented the Rattle Cab.

  by Alcoman
 
I guess that what they mean when they say: " Dumping the air"

  by Nasadowsk
 
I see GE's looking for explosive growth in the market now that EMD's been sold.

But seriously - that's SCARY. High pressure air isn't something you take lightly. I wonder what idiot at the engineering department screwed this one up - someone didn't run a 'sanity check' on the computer's numbers...

  by WebInfo
 
...more than likely it was the R&R Metal Fabricator's engineers that screwed this up. GE might be replacing the air tanks, but I bet R&R will ultimately PAYING for the replacements...

  by Sam Damon
 
These locos were manufactured during a bad time at Erie... somehow I'm not surprised to learn of this.