Providence Line Electrification

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Re: Providence Line Electrification

Postby CRail » Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:01 pm

Why is that hilarious? For someone that always touts fiscal responsibility, suggesting that a fleet of equipment be procured and maintained for a single line is pretty outrageous. A reason to make a new line electric is so it will then be feasible to run electric equipment on the one line that’s already electrified.
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Re: Providence Line Electrification

Postby BandA » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:22 am

I'm confused by the last comment. But there is enough activity on the Providence-Boston Line that you could justify having dedicated rolling stock for that one line. Would need more yard space to store it! They could pool the electric locomotives with Amtrak Northeast Regional & have them do the maintenance. I continue to assert that electric locomotives are presently too expensive, due to low volume. If you could buy an electric locomotive for less than a diesel that would be a win as they should last longer & have lower maintenance cost.
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