14 Cars?

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14 Cars?

Postby cam36 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:29 pm

Hi all,

I know with the LIRR's mitigation plan they announced longer trains– I assumed this meant if a train normally runs 8-10 cars, it would run with 12. However, when I was passing through Jamaica, I noticed the train markers (not sure of the correct term, but the signs that tell the Engineer where to stop for a given train length) looked new– specifically one that read "14 Units".

Would they run trains with 14 cars? Has this ever been done before?

Thanks!
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Re: 14 Cars?

Postby inthebag » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:31 pm

It's for 2 DMs and 12 C3 coaches. No 14 car EMU sets.
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Re: 14 Cars?

Postby Amtrak7 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:27 pm

cam36 wrote:Hi all,

I know with the LIRR's mitigation plan they announced longer trains– I assumed this meant if a train normally runs 8-10 cars, it would run with 12. However, when I was passing through Jamaica, I noticed the train markers (not sure of the correct term, but the signs that tell the Engineer where to stop for a given train length) looked new– specifically one that read "14 Units".

Would they run trains with 14 cars? Has this ever been done before?

Thanks!


On the eastbound side they're for the Cannonball in the event he needs to make a Jamaica stop. They used to explicitly say #2798 on them, but they may be trying to standardize markers. On the westbound side, 12 car diesel sets regularly run on some summer Sundays, especially the 3 big weekends.
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Re: 14 Cars?

Postby cam36 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:45 pm

Thanks for the responses!

Is there a reason they'd run a 14 car diesel and not an MU? I'd imagine because the engine at front and back wouldn't platform, leaving the middle 12 cars to open up.
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Re: 14 Cars?

Postby FrankAndCindy » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:39 pm

Hi, I think they don't run more than 12 mu cars is a third rail problem. I think it may blow some fuses. Thank you Frank And Cindy
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Re: 14 Cars?

Postby EM2000 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:15 am

Engines are not cars..
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Re: 14 Cars?

Postby geico » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:11 am

EM2000 wrote:Engines are not cars..


But cars are engines (FRA considers an MU to be an engine)
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Re: 14 Cars?

Postby mkm4 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:00 am

cam36 wrote:Thanks for the responses!
Is there a reason they'd run a 14 car diesel and not an MU?


See the second post: http://railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.ph ... 82&start=0
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Re: 14 Cars?

Postby BuddR32 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:54 pm

geico wrote:
EM2000 wrote:Engines are not cars..


But cars are engines (FRA considers an MU to be an engine)


Electric Multiple Unit cars are Locomotives, not engines. Please don't take this as splitting hairs, but that's what it is.
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