Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for now

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Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for now

Postby dowlingm » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:56 pm

There is concern the Rotem plow to push aside road vehicles isn't strong enough to prevent derailments. Needless to say the article mentions no action on preventing road vehicles from getting in the damn way

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-m ... story.html
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:02 pm

Just heard that story on the KNX radio stream.
Start date is unknown for now.
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby Amtrak7 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:22 pm

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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby bdawe » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:37 pm

So these 3-4 car commuter trains are going to be pushing, in addition to the already obese Guardian cars, a whole extra freight locomotive around? I swear, Metrolink are worse the FRA for anti-empirical sounds-good-in-soundbyte pseudo-safety.

I'd be willing to bet that more people will be killed in car accidents that they took because their commuter rail service was slower and more expensive than it otherwise would have been, than will be 'saved' by any of these hare-brained safety measures.
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:53 pm

The BNSF power should be able to MU with the Metrolink power thru the MU trainline,
so it should not be deadweight,but will not have any of the indicators for door open/close,intercom fuctions
due to no Door Comm equipment on the freight power.
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby jt42cwr » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:23 am

Does this decision have any impact on Tri-Rails use of identical cab cars?
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:12 pm

Not yet as of this point of time.
That could change at any time depending on the findings of Metrolinlk's Safety review.
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby NH2060 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:28 pm

Service cuts are now on the table vs. leasing the BNSF units:
Faced with an unspecified problem with the type of train car that derailed in Oxnard in February, the Metrolink board will weigh today whether to spend an estimated $19 million on leased locomotives or cut daily commuter rail service in six Southern California counties by about half.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/metr ... -cars.html
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby bdawe » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:02 pm

Apparently the BNSF units are going to be providing all tractive power, with the Metrolink power to act as HEP producing bumpers.

This is insane.
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby freightguy » Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:29 pm

Any idea what type of locos they will be using from BNSF?
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby jt42cwr » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:36 pm

They're supposed to be 40 GE AC4400CW units from store at Alliance, NE.
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:44 pm

It was supposed to be 4 axle Geeps,the AC4400's will tick off CARB,
and you can't run 6 axle power every where on Metrolink I believe.
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby jt42cwr » Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:16 pm

I was only going off what Metrolink put in their agenda for their board meeting on Friday 25th: -

http://metrolink.granicus.com/DocumentViewer.php?file=metrolink_2fe8f65f195b32108dd59a7561baf2aa.pdf&view=1

See page 31 of the PDF file.

If that's not the case then fair enough.
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby Supaned » Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:59 am

I can only see one route in the Metrolink ETT that is barred to six axle power , and that is from Pomona to CP Bassett on the San Gabriel Subdivision.

Presumably , Metrolink has enough spare locos to provide 4 axle power for the trains assigned to this route?
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Re: Metrolink to place locos in front of Rotem cab cars for

Postby jt42cwr » Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:08 am

Locos supposed to be as follows: -
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