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Old May 1st, 2016, 01:34 PM   #321
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Unfortunately all these diesels do is convert the dynamic braking power into heat.
Why not transfer the generated energy to an overhead wire? This power can then be used to either feed back into the grid or to power another train elsewhere. Common practice on pretty much all electrified lines across the world.

And I'm not saying you need to electrify everything. Just start at the places where you need to accelerate or decelerate trains and build from there and switch from electric to diesel mode and vice versa on the fly. A modern AC diesel electric locomotive already has 90% of the equipment needed for electric running. A 200t 6-axle freight version of the ALP45DP could be equal to a EH44AC or a SD70ACe-T4 in diesel mode and easily outperform it in electric mode (with the MTAB Iore in mind).
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 02:27 PM   #322
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Dynamic braking reduces the wear and tear of conventional braking system.
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Old May 5th, 2016, 05:54 PM   #323
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NS 583 rolls thru the yard at Radebaugh with a pair of standard cab SD70's for power.

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Any news on SD70ACe-T4 project?
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Old May 11th, 2016, 05:06 PM   #325
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I take it that area doesn't get much commuter traffic?
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Old May 12th, 2016, 10:53 PM   #326
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Old May 12th, 2016, 10:59 PM   #327
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I take it that area doesn't get much commuter traffic?
Here is the bridge on Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/33...7.436355?hl=en
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As American as American freight railroading gets:



Also I <3 that laker boat at the end.
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From Railway Gazette:

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Agreement to revive Mexico – USA Desert Line
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NORTH AMERICA: An agreement to fund infrastructure rehabilitation and the revival of freight services on the 110 km Desert Line, in order to connect manufacturing facilities in northern Mexico with southeastern San Diego County in the USA, was announced by Pacific Imperial Railroad and Baja California Railroad on June 9.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has owned the Desert Line since 1979, and it approved a lease agreement with PIR in 2012. Since January 2013 PIR has been negotiating an operating agreement with Baja Rail, which runs services on the Mexican section of the route, and a memorandum of understanding was signed on June 22 2015

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Old June 15th, 2016, 10:34 PM   #331
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Any news on SD70ACe-T4 project?
My best understanding is that they are still being tested out in the rockies on the Union pacific. I expect it will be a few months yet before they make their debut on most major class ones.
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Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Providence & Worcester
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GENESEE & Wyoming (GWI) announced on August 15 that it plans to acquire Providence & Worcester Railroad (P&W) for $US 126m at $US 25 per share

P&W has approved the acquisition, but it must also pass the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

P&W employs around 140 staff and operates 32 locomotives. It owns 262km of track and has trackage rights covering 560km on other railways. P&W also has exclusive freight access on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between New Haven, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island, and trackage rights over Metro-North infrastructure

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Union Pacific starts express Food Trains in Northwest, California
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Old September 25th, 2016, 02:55 PM   #334
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Union Pacific board approves $3.1 billion 2017 capital program

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The Board of Directors of Union Pacific approved its $3.1 billion capital program for 2017.

The program is down approximately 11 percent, $400 million, from the Class 1's 2016 capital plan of $3.5 billion.

"The 2017 capital plan reflects our continued commitment to safety, productivity and future profitable growth," said Rob Knight, Union Pacific chief financial officer. "Our capital investments serve a critical role in adding value for our customers and shareholders."

The bulk of the anticipated 2017 spend, $1.860 billion, will go toward infrastructure replacement, $435 million will to toward locomotives and other equipment, $300 million will go toward Positive Train Control, $255 million toward capacity and commercial facilities and $240 million toward technology.

The biggest change year-over-year is the railroad's planned spend on locomotives and equipment. Cameron Scott, executive vice president and chief operating officer, noted during Union Pacific's 2016 Fourth Quarter earnings call that the railroad had planned to acquire 100 locomotives in 2017 per a previous purchase commitment, but the plan has been revised to include 60 locomotives in 2017 with the remaining 40 to be delivered in 2018.

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Old August 21st, 2017, 01:52 PM   #338
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Trains don't just derail out of the blue. It may not be true, but I got this feeling that derailments on main lines are a very regular occurance in NA.

Tracks seem to be maintained to an as low as possible standard, whereas in Europe pretty much all the main line tracks in Europe are maintained to passenger standards, making derailments by track failures very rare.

Do the management and shareholders of railroads understand that the consequences of one major accident due to poor maintenance can be enough to make them go bankrupt? It doesn't look like it, because otherwise they would all have had working PTC by now as well. Instead maintenance and train control are regarded as a liability.
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Kind of management that happens more and more frequently, anywhere and in any business. High management seem to prefer risk based approaches with artificially low probabilities of occurrences rather than curing the risk at the source.
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For CSX, a Delay That Is Finally Good News

Postponed hearing offered railroad time to address shipper complaints about delays and congestion

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CSX Corp. executives this week will be facing shippers who were criticizing the railroad over the summer for widespread congestion and disruptions as its new chief executive put his operational strategy in place.

The Surface Transportation Board hearing, scheduled for Wednesday in Washington, D.C., was postponed a month due to Hurricane Irma, and in an unexpected twist, several shippers are now citing signs of a turnaround.

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