M8's and Shore Line East

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Re: M8's and Shore Line East

Postby Train322 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:26 pm

Is it possible to run a two car (one set) M8 on SLE?
Did not know as Dutch mentioned, about how only one of the single cars can be run on any single train and wondered if M8's needed to be run with one or more pairs.

Also = how many M8 does Metro North/CDOT have?
Compare to how many combined M2,M4,M6 they had prior to the M8 introduction/

I know they run more trains as ridership has increased.

Also, is it possible to run M8's on SLE weekend service or perhaps middle of day?
I would think fuel costs for Diesel runs are higher than electric costs and electrics probably emit less pollution.
The other question is down time for maintenance. Is it better to run M8's more often and put slightly few miles on the Diesel?
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Re: M8's and Shore Line East

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:23 pm

Train322, please refer to DutchRailnut's last post. Don't count on them running east of New Haven in revenue service anytime soon. They haven't been approved by Amtrak to operate east of New Haven.

While the P40s have lousy acceleration, even with a three or four car train, it's not like they are stopping every mile and a half. Many of the SLE stops are four to five miles a part from one another and with high level platforms at many of the depots, that helps a little with the dwell time. A four car SLE diesel train can keep up with its schedule.

MNR runs so many trains on the New Haven Line. On weekends, while more trains might run between Stamford and GCT, there are plenty of trains that run to New Haven. Most times of the day, there are trains that run between New Haven and Grand Central twice an hour. Several of the trains runs express to Stamford from 125th Street and then after Stamford, it turns into a local. Many of the train operates as an express from 125th St to Stamford with a few that stop in Greenwich and then it makes Darien, S. Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Fairfield Metro, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, W. Haven, and New Haven. Again, MNR needs as many of the M8s as possible. On the New Haven Line, the stops are close enough to each other that the line is meant for MUs.
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Re: M8's and Shore Line East

Postby daybeers » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:38 am

Wow this is so incredibly annoying! I'll be calling my state reps about this. CTDOT knows the SLE has been utter poop for a while now, and this was going to be its saving grace. Those P40s are in terrible shape. The paint is chipping so badly that it looks like a house that hasn't been painted in 20 years, they're inefficient, and they use diesel. The world is dying, people, and we need to do all that we can to stop it. Every little bit helps.
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