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VIA push pull trains?

Postby Amtrak7 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:51 am

From the Q2 Financial Report:

In order to offer this more flexible schedule, we optimized our cycling by introducing Push-Pull consists using our new 50/50 cars. These consists, used primarily on the Toronto – Ottawa cycle, allow us to reallocate our fleet to offer more frequencies without needing additional equipment. Together, the new car configurations and schedule also give VIA Rail more flexibility for future scheduling improvements.


I wasn't aware of VIA having cab cars? What equipment are they using?
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Re: VIA push pull trains?

Postby electricron » Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:33 pm

Which page of that 62 page pdf had the quoted passage? Which coach cars have the new 50/50 split?
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Re: VIA push pull trains?

Postby Ken V » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:13 pm

Amtrak7 wrote:I wasn't aware of VIA having cab cars? What equipment are they using?

VIA is using locomotives at both ends for the push-pull operations.
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Re: VIA push pull trains?

Postby Amtrak7 » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:45 pm

electricron wrote:Which page of that 62 page pdf had the quoted passage? Which coach cars have the new 50/50 split?


Page 11, and I'm not sure about the 50/50 split either.
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Re: VIA push pull trains?

Postby NH2060 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:42 pm

Sounds like combining two sets of equipment back to back so they can be easily split up to form other consists on other trains i.e. F40-LRC-LRC-LRC-LRC-LRC-HEP2-HEP2-HEP2-HEP2-HEP2-F40.
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Re: VIA push pull trains?

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:12 pm

Amtrak7 wrote:I wasn't aware of VIA having cab cars? What equipment are they using?

If only LRC diesels could have been converted to NPCUs.
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Re: VIA push pull trains?

Postby dowlingm » Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:10 pm

I've often had the same thought re the LRC locomotives, although to my mind it would have been better to make them APCUs which would have relieved the P42s of the need to provide HEP. But it also needed VIA to get past the aversion to 50/50 running. hopefully this is just an interim step until we get Brightline type trainsets or similar!
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