Backshophoss wrote:Very unlikely SEPTA will consider the BBD AL45DP, or for that matter any kind of diesel powered service extension.It makes zero sense for them:
* The ALP-45DP is roughly 12 million a unit.
* You'd have to have service facilities for it.
* You'd have to have fueling facilities for it.
* You'd have to have a spot where they can change modes, since they can't do it en-route, for some dumb reason.
* You'd have a captive to one line only fleet. Granted, SEPTA excels at that.
* They'd be minimally useful on other RRD lines, given their low HP in diesel or electric.
* You create two classes of service.
* Even the ALP-45 hasn't proven to be a spectacularly reliable unit, granted it's probably a bit better than other DMs out there. That's not saying much, given what disasters the P32s and DM30s are.
I wouldn't at all be surprised if SEPTA's run the numbers. It's cheaper to just string up wire for a few mile's extension.