by Fan Railer
Jtgshu wrote:Yea, it kinda does look like a PL42.....a PL42-2 if you will......hahahaI would venture to say that, at least under Metrolink duty, those C175-20s shouldn't be straining too hard. Metrolink consists are lighter in comparison with the heavier NJT trains, and the locomotives won't be required to accelerate to 125 mph, possibly ever. Running them at the more reasonable track speeds around 60-70 (and at some parts lower) with lighter trains should incur fuel savings for Metrolink in comparison to it's current fleet of locomotives. But I guess we'll have to wait and see what the actual data yields.
As NJT has found with the ALP45 dual mode locos, the Caterpillar powered engines are VERY thursty, like an unbelievable amount of thurst. Couple that to small fuel tanks (again, for weight issues) and their range is kind of limited and definitely has to be considered in advance before dispatching one. It seems like CAT engines are relatively efficient in yard service, (as NJT has found with the MP20 switchers) but when the locos are running under full power out on the road.......drink drink drink drink.