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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby mcgrath618 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:23 pm

I'm more interested in how it says that they'll be used only on the following lines:
Paoli/Thorndale
Media/Elwyn
Wilmington/Newark
West Trenton
EXCEPT for midday runs, where they'll apparently make some connecting trips across lines or "help Silverliner IVs." Do the IVs need help? Are they that terrible now? It has been almost 50 years...
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby glennk419 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:33 pm

mcgrath618 wrote:
JeffK wrote:This https://www.metro.us/news/septa-locomotives-acs-64 was in The Metro over the weekend.

One sentence caught my eye: "The ACS-64 ...can reach speeds of 100 MPH, although with Positive Train Control on Regional Tracks, no train will go over a top speed limit of 80 MPH". Is the hidden meaning that they might get to stretch their legs on NEC and Keystone rails?

They already have. My phone speedometer hit 90 mph on the GVF last week. Take that how you will.


Note that they said Regional tracks which I would interpret to mean NOT the Keystone and NEC's. Given that, the only real stretch of SEPTA owned RR where they might hope to achieve that speed would be the West Trenton Line between Noble and Philmont.
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby blockline4180 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:35 am

mcgrath618 wrote:I'm more interested in how it says that they'll be used only on the following lines:
Paoli/Thorndale
Media/Elwyn
Wilmington/Newark
West Trenton
EXCEPT for midday runs, where they'll apparently make some connecting trips across lines or "help Silverliner IVs." Do the IVs need help? Are they that terrible now? It has been almost 50 years...


Yeah, who knows what they mean by that, but most of these articles don't get things right to begin with.
Also they mention the AEM-7's will be in service until October, so hopefully we have until then to shoot them.
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby glennk419 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:46 pm

Great video, thanks for sharing.

For those of us who also enjoy SEPTA on a smaller scale, the HO Bachmann models of SEPTA 901 are out. MB Klein in Maryland has them in stock.
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby NorthPennLimited » Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:41 pm

I'd be curious to see if, when SEPTA gets 8 of the Sprinters in service, they make a deal with NJT to lease the SEPTA surplus locomotives while NJT deals with a locomotive / cab car shortage in their attempt to meet the PTC deadline in December. It would be the last swan song for the AEM-7's if they could get leased to NJT, they are already PTC equipped if I'm not mistaken
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby MACTRAXX » Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:15 pm

NPL: Interesting thoughts about the fate of SEPTA's eight AEM7/ALP44 motors...

I believe that leasing them out to NJT depends on how fast SEPTA can place eight ACS64s into
service upon delivery and completion of testing to make any sort of difference to NJT which is
as noted having their own problems meeting the PTC deadline.

They could even have an "afterlife" on NJT (or even Amtrak) as backup or work power.
It all depends on whether they will be needed or have a future use...

For the record:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_AEM-7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABB_ALP-44
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_ACS-64

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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby mcgrath618 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:54 pm

glennk419 wrote:Great video, thanks for sharing.

For those of us who also enjoy SEPTA on a smaller scale, the HO Bachmann models of SEPTA 901 are out. MB Klein in Maryland has them in stock.

First person to buy it. It is a superb model.
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby glennk419 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:40 am

mcgrath618 wrote:
glennk419 wrote:Great video, thanks for sharing.

For those of us who also enjoy SEPTA on a smaller scale, the HO Bachmann models of SEPTA 901 are out. MB Klein in Maryland has them in stock.

First person to buy it. It is a superb model.


I have one on its way as well.
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby nova08 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:30 pm

A "Test" train went down the Norristown line between 1:30-2:30 today.
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby glennk419 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:23 pm

mcgrath618 wrote:
glennk419 wrote:Great video, thanks for sharing.

For those of us who also enjoy SEPTA on a smaller scale, the HO Bachmann models of SEPTA 901 are out. MB Klein in Maryland has them in stock.

First person to buy it. It is a superb model.


Mine arrived today. Very nice model. MB Klein sold out in one day.
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby liftedjeep » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:01 pm

Per a friend at the scene, five more City Sprinters were delivered to Septa by CSX this afternoon at Woodbourne.

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4990940

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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby glennk419 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:15 pm

liftedjeep wrote:Per a friend at the scene, five more City Sprinters were delivered to Septa by CSX this afternoon at Woodbourne.

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4990940

Photo by T. Darnell
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WOW. I believe that Siemens is ahead of schedule on the deliveries. That is almost ( if not ) the entire initial order.
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby CNJGeep » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:02 am

The Flyer will have 901, as usual.
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Re: New SEPTA Loco

Postby mcgrath618 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:30 am

I wish we still had that set of Comet Is so that there could be more push pulls with all of these engines.
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