does anyone know why via's F40's are never placed back to back. i have seen only one picture of this and it was taken in 1989. is this just an operational preferance or is there an actual reason for it? just curious.
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lock4244 wrote:Not really an issue if the leader dies. More if the leader becomes unable to lead (defective speedometer for example), swap with a trailing unit. I think a deal locomotive can still lead a train so long as the electrical system remains operable... someone better versed my know for sure.With most of these computer-controlled units, it it dies, you lose the computer screens on some models as well. That in turn leaves you no displays, and an inability to change or setup air brake and other functions if you have a computer-controlled brake. I once had a CW60AC unit die on me, and the computer screens went about 5 minutes after the engine shut down. With the computer down, the brakes applied in full service by default, since there was no communication with the air brake computer as well. Thanks to my conductor also being a qualified engineer, we only got moving again (at restricted speed) with him running from the 2nd unit after we cut the trucks out on the leader to get a release on the brakes.