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  by eolesen
 
It's the North Western. ;)

Apparently it was a one-time exception and done with some advance planning.

I've asked someone closer to UP Operations to clarify...

I'm starting to question weight as a limiting factor. The F59PHI and MP36 are the same weight @ 265K and the PHI's have been operating without any obvious restrictions.

The SD70Ace is over 400K, and I know they've operated on all the lines for business trains and OLS specials.

I know the business trains are limited to the old intercity platforms 4-5-6-7, so perhaps the weight limit is the puzzle switches at Lake Street?
  by F40CFan
 
If I remember correctly, I thought it was on some of the bridges. It was a while ago and I could be wrong. They probably just don't want the MPs running on their railroad.
  by eolesen
 
Apparently I had bad info on the weight of the MP's, they're closer to 295K and thats a higher axle loading than the SD70Ace.

And thats the deal. The special that ran this week was speed restricted to 10mph in places because of the MP36.

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  by TurningOfTheWheel
 
^It's also part of the reason why the MBTA designed a whole new locomotive rather than buying the equivalently powered MPX model. They're remarkably demanding on infrastructure given how popular they are.
  by Metra210
 
For those who have not heard:
Back in town are the final F40Ms, 195 and 213. With that said, this rebuild program is now officially over. I am curious about which locomotives Metra may consider rebuilding next. Any and all plans will undoubtedly be delayed as a result of this pandemic.
  by Pensyfan19
 
Metra210 wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:51 am For those who have not heard:
Back in town are the final F40Ms, 195 and 213. With that said, this rebuild program is now officially over. I am curious about which locomotives Metra may consider rebuilding next. Any and all plans will undoubtedly be delayed as a result of this pandemic.
Any word on the MACs? I heard they wouldn't be ready until August 2021. Out of curiosity, what about the (now two) remaining F40Cs? Guessing they're still backup locomotives?
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Anyone care to go to that "Paintshop" site and livery up an F-40 "Winnie" in both UP and BNSF?
  by Metra210
 
Pensyfan19 wrote:
Metra210 wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:51 am For those who have not heard:
Back in town are the final F40Ms, 195 and 213. With that said, this rebuild program is now officially over. I am curious about which locomotives Metra may consider rebuilding next. Any and all plans will undoubtedly be delayed as a result of this pandemic.
Any word on the MACs? I heard they wouldn't be ready until August 2021. Out of curiosity, what about the (now two) remaining F40Cs? Guessing they're still backup locomotives?
Supposedly, as of now, the MACs will arrive on time. The future of the F40Cs is still questionable. Metra hasn't put any money into rehabbing them. Last I heard, they, along with 215, are being used as parts sources, so they may never run again.
  by metraRI
 
Metra210 wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:51 am For those who have not heard:
Back in town are the final F40Ms, 195 and 213. With that said, this rebuild program is now officially over. I am curious about which locomotives Metra may consider rebuilding next. Any and all plans will undoubtedly be delayed as a result of this pandemic.
100-149 are next to be rehabbed in house. The project bid has already been awarded, I suspect it will start early next year.
  by Metra210
 
metraRI wrote: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:34 pm
Metra210 wrote: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:51 am For those who have not heard:
Back in town are the final F40Ms, 195 and 213. With that said, this rebuild program is now officially over. I am curious about which locomotives Metra may consider rebuilding next. Any and all plans will undoubtedly be delayed as a result of this pandemic.
100-149 are next to be rehabbed in house. The project bid has already been awarded, I suspect it will start early next year.
Oh okay. That's very good news! Thanks for the update!
  by F40CFan
 
Saw an interesting lash-up on MDW 2235(20). A F59PHI (didn't get the number in the dark) leading F59PH 95.
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