Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by Steamboat Willie
 
Those are indeed the Spuyten Duyvil cars. The cars are marked with their corresponding numbers on the wrapping.
  by Steamboat Willie
 
9/9/15 - Amtrak 177 was rescued at Cos Cob by P&W FPCH. Probably one of the rarest moves I've ever heard about on MN.
  by Jeff Smith
 
http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/GP35_locomotives.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Not sure if this has been posted before; usual quote formatting omitted intentionally from public domain:

Five Decades Strong
(Posted October 2015)

GP35 locomotive Metro-North’s “seasoned” GP35 locomotives--which are used to haul work trains used for rescues or for switching within the yard--are finding their “second wind” after more than 50 years of service to the railroad.

Recently one of our seasoned GP35s returned home to our Croton Harmon Shop sporting a long list of brand-new amenities as part of an “overhaul” program to keep the equipment running more reliably and longer.

This “work horse” is now retrofitted with top-of-the-line technology – including a “battery jog”, which switches its engine from diesel to battery power when entering a shop to keep employees safe from harmful fumes, as well as “Automatic Engine Start Stop” technology that reduces idle times, saving fuel and cutting emissions.

Other upgrades include a “remote health monitoring system,” which sends an email to a designated list of employees whenever the GP35 has a fault (i.e. a low amount of fuel). On top of that, each overhauled locomotive is being installed with the latest Positive Train Control technology.

More fresh features include complete electrical rewiring, a new braking system and new air conditioning, floors, seats, windows and fire extinguishers.

The locomotives are sent to Brookville Equipment Corp. in Pennsylvania, where they are stripped down and decked out with new gear. This rejuvenation takes about eight months, depending on the extent of work.

According to Craig Gustavson, Deputy Director – Maintenance of Equipment Engineering, this locomotive revamp is an optimal, cost-effective strategy for getting the most out of our locomotive fleet while keeping it safe and reliable.

“For locomotives that are approaching the end of their useful life, this overhaul program is a chance for us to use every last bit of their potential,” Gustavson said. “It saw this equipment go from 1960’s tech to present-day tech. And once they come back to us, we expect them to last at least another 20 years.”

The GP35s aren’t the only locomotives getting the “extreme makeover” treatment: 31 of our P32 (you know them as the "Genesis") are currently being overhauled, as are 12 of our BL20s (used as passenger, switcher or protect-duty locomotives).
  by DutchRailnut
 
the genesis have been done, other than one or two still out, but first is almost ready for other overhaul.
article is typical pad on back by those that orchestrated the overhaul at a huge inflated price.
  by Jeff Smith
 
Of course, it's a press release. Just thought it was interesting being about the Geeps primarily. I'd rather they update the site about the catenary status; last update was February.
  by Steamboat Willie
 
Omitted from the article is that the prime mover was completely rebuilt by Altoona. Brookville representatives claim this is an entirely brand new locomotive in regards to electrical overhaul. While not perfect, first impressions amongst Transportation and Mechanical are very positive.
  by Jeff Smith
 
Glad to hear it; I know we tend to mock "Brokeville's" on here but as Jaap alludes, perhaps the issues with them lie elsewhere.
  by MN-P32AC-DM-201-227
 
A little premature, but any word on a second rebuild for the genesis. As Dutch mentioned, I believe the first rebuilt genesis were done in 06 (202) . Figuring each unit dose about 100,000 miles a year, that would put some at around 900,000, give or take. :wink:
  by DutchRailnut
 
instead of second major overhaul you may see a replacement for P32acdm in a few years, Amtrak, LIRR and MN are working hard on draft plan for them.
http://www.highspeed-rail.org/Documents ... _DRAFT.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by Rockingham Racer
 
Apparently, operating them on the Upper Hudson will be limited to 110 MPH. Can't Amtrak do better than that north of CP 75 in some places?
  by DutchRailnut
 
On MN highest speed is 90 and on upper upper Hudson max speed is 110, to go higher a few things need to happen , longer signal blocks and lot more track maintenance.
MN lowered speed in last few years due to more interlockings and shorter signal blocks .
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