SEPTA might get multi-level railroad coaches

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Re: SEPTA might get multi-level railroad coaches

Postby Backshophoss » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:24 pm

Don't believe that SEPTA will spring for ALP-45-DP's or any diesel power except for Work train gen-sets.
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Re: SEPTA might get multi-level railroad coaches

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:52 am

Backshophoss wrote:Don't believe that SEPTA will spring for ALP-45-DP's or any diesel power except for Work train gen-sets.


Given how long it's taking them to poke to back to Wawa in fully electric territory, the ALP-45DP's will be in a rail museum on static display next to an FL9 before SEPTA makes its first diesel sojurn. :P


More practical thought: If NJT could get on with finishing the half-complete electrification of the NJCL and M&E (at least as far as the branch re-merge, if not all the way to Port Morris Yard) and clean up the power pu-pu platter on those schedules, they're probably one fresh stab at Raritan Valley wire-up for Gateway away from having a glut of ALP's to sell/lease to SEPTA for its diesel daydreams. That's maybe got a more plausibly direct timetable for happening if NJT gets organizationally unstuck and uses the Gateway rallying cry to re-mount the system modernization they backed away from when the air started seeping out of ARC's fortunes.
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Re: SEPTA might get multi-level railroad coaches

Postby NorthPennLimited » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:52 pm

Given SEPTA's affinity for low-horsepower, low bid, overpriced, hanger queens, I've given up any hope of them acquiring any diesel locomotives with the necessary horsepower to pull revenue passenger trains (even for emergency service).

You almost never see 50 or 70 coupled to the wire train at Wayne Junction for work train duty. They seem to just sit outside Wayne Junction Shop on static display.
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