gokeefe wrote:That's really interesting. I never realized that the electrical problems with the HHP-8s were related to it's sensitivity to low voltage conditions and/or other power related issues from the overheard wire.
That’s why I still think the MTA’s inability to figure out how to roster some of their HHP-8s for the busier/heavier weekend Penn Line services is so puzzling. In theory the lower electrical load from Amtrak services combined with the increased reliability brought by the availability of Sub 25 in Ivy City should allow the MARC H-8s to be equally as reliable if they were rostered for a limited number of weekend services. I certainly understand the maintenance concerns, the lack of electrified yards, and the crew rostering permutations that would be needed to bring HHP-8s to weekend services, but every time I see a pair of MP36s running in multiple at the head of a double-decker formation I really do wonder.