Clean Cab wrote:Somehow I can't picture an M8 trying to climb the hill out of Branchville during slip/slide season!!!
That's a good operational reason against electric operation up on the branch.
However, the most cogent reason is that electric operation almost certainly would not offer any operational improvements over the present equipment. The current diesel equipment is modern, and identical to Metro North equipment in other places (i.e., Upper Harlem, Poughkeepsie). I have previously read opinions on this forum that electric operation would reduce running time; however that is not true.
As much as I like electric operation (and having grown up in Danbury in the 50s I well remember New Haven's electric operation up there and rode it a number of times) it's just not the way to go on the Danbury line today.