• Amtrak HHP-8 Discussion: Use, Reliability, Disposition

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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by 8th Notch
 
Pensyfan19 wrote: Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:40 pm In that case, let's get this going! :-D

Does anyone know if MBTA will be using the stored HHp-8s, or AM-7s anytime soon?
That’s a simple NO to both!
  by ApproachMedium
 
I call bs on the no results, the 4910 is always in service, i see it often and it seems like now there are at least 4 hhps in service every day. The last week i did not notice any acs-64s in marc service.
  by Backshophoss
 
If the rebuild was successful,why is alstrom SO silent on the results They should be crowing to Amtrak and MBTA that they have the "fix"
this is still an R&D project to them.
Siemens is playing this same game with LIRR 518 an other "quiet R&D" project,
that means 0 results to crow about. period.
Amtrak's Hippo's are off limits due to the missing parts lawsuit from the lessor
  by mtuandrew
 
Even if successful, Amtrak doesn’t need the Hippos in service, and Alstom would rather sell new motors (if not a straight-up Euro design, then possibly Bombardier-designed units like the ALP-46 series) to MBTA. And from what posters describe about Long Island #518, that work is to prototype a dual-mode SC-44 rather than to reequip the DE/DM fleet.

So we keep coming back to MARC as the only viable user, and then only if Maryland decides to put more resources into green energy. (And to dump the MPI locomotives, eventually.)
  by Backshophoss
 
As stock units,they had many road failures due to weather high temps,extreme cold,etc.
Alstrom should be crowing to the hills if they were successful
Otherwise END of story!
  by STrRedWolf
 
Backshophoss wrote: Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:19 pm As stock units,they had many road failures due to weather high temps,extreme cold,etc.
Alstrom should be crowing to the hills if they were successful
Otherwise END of story!
The problem is, it's been a mild winter and it hasn't gotten to high-heat summer yet. I'm not surprised that they're doing a wait-and-see first on the new plumbing.
  by ApproachMedium
 
Backshophoss wrote: Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:31 pm If the rebuild was successful,why is alstrom SO silent on the results They should be crowing to Amtrak and MBTA that they have the "fix"
this is still an R&D project to them.
Siemens is playing this same game with LIRR 518 an other "quiet R&D" project,
that means 0 results to crow about. period.
Amtrak's Hippo's are off limits due to the missing parts lawsuit from the lessor
Alstom has NOTHING to do with the upgrades to the HHP-8s. Its being done by a 3rd party, its working pretty well. if it wasnt working so well they wouldnt be doing more units and buying parts from somebody i know that just happens to have parts they need. just because amtrak, alstom and bombarider are not involved doesnt mean that progress is not being made. Engineers i have spoken to who operate the 4910 say it works just fine and they have no issues with it. More real world experience for you vs some internet speculations by people who have no clue about whats going on behind the 4 walls at martins airport.
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