ApproachMedium wrote:I dont think theres any real reason they are dragging the MP36s around with the charger other than marc likes to run double headers. Theres been plenty of trains with the old GP39s trailing recently and i believe i saw one with the gp39 behind the charger. Marc might just be doing this to ensure compatibility.
I really doubt that. That would of been in the spec for the Chargers, and they tested those Chargers with MARC III cars before the left the testing facility!
The only real reason I can see running the double diesels is to reallocate power, having one engine doing just the push/pull and the other providing HEP. You can hear it as it passes by; both the Charger/MP36 and the GP-39 are running.
gokeefe wrote:Is there any reason to believe that MARC would consider buying (at low prices) Amtrak's remainimg HHP-8's?
Do they even run enough Penn Line trains to support such a fleet? Does MARC have any older diesels that they could dispose of?
There's no reason. MARC's got their hippos that are going through refurb, and that'll take the rest of the decade. Plus, "low prices" may be more than a new Charger by two orders of magnitude.
The only other thing is that they can't run more Penn Line trains without more track capacity, and that means four-tracking WAS to BAL at least! The schedule is *full* with MARC and numerous Amtrak lines.