Plans for the GP49's

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Plans for the GP49's

Postby FL9 » Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:13 pm

I understand Tri Rail has recently, (not sure exactly when) acquired six of these units, they are numbered 812-817. What is their future with Tri-Rail. Will these units be rebuilt for revenue service or stay around the yard?
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Re: Plans for the GP49's

Postby Noel Weaver » Mon Jun 06, 2005 12:50 am

[quote="FL9"]I understand Tri Rail has recently, (not sure exactly when) acquired six of these units, they are numbered 812-817. What is their future with Tri-Rail. Will these units be rebuilt for revenue service or stay around the yard?[/quote

I haven't heard what the plans are for these although someone else may
know as I haven't paid too much attention to the matter either.
Tri-Rail will need more equipment next year when the frequency of
service is increased once the double track project gets accompliahed.
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GP49s - project abandoned

Postby Kurt-Trirail » Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:10 am

It appears that Tri-Rail has un-officially abandoned the project with the GP49s, although I would venture to say that there was never an official announcement of their purchase either.

Tri-Rail has, however, ordered a set of double-decker Colorado Railcar DMUs - how many, I do not know. Below is the only photo (and/or website) that I know of that makes mention of these units:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=104458

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Postby ACLfan » Fri Jul 01, 2005 10:26 am

The former NS high-nosed GP49 units were sent for rebuilding two months ago, so the rebuild program for the units appears to be underway, with an end-of-the-year scheduled completion date for the first unit.

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Postby FL9 » Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:27 am

I heard they were supposed to chop the nose, is this true?
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Postby ACLfan » Wed Jul 13, 2005 10:09 am

RE: Chopping the noses

Yep. The noses are to be replaced with low noses.

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Postby Scotty Burkhardt » Fri Mar 24, 2006 6:17 pm

It's near the end of March 06.....any word?
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Postby AMTK84 » Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:35 pm

I am making a trip to record some Tri-Rail action this week...Any idea if any of the GP49's have been put into service now with the new service?
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Postby FL9 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:55 pm

AMTK84 wrote:I am making a trip to record some Tri-Rail action this week...Any idea if any of the GP49's have been put into service now with the new service?


Mr. Weaver stated in another thread that two of the locomotives are due in April so you might get lucky.

Depending on where you are visiting, a station like Cypress Creek or the Deerfield Beach Amtrak station would be ideal for recording horns and train sounds of that nature ( there are railroad crossings located next to these stations). I am not sure about stations located further north or anything south of Ft. Lauderdale as I do not venture to those areas often.
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Postby AMTK84 » Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:25 am

Thanks! Well here goes, I spent the day last time at Ft. Lauderdale and was generally impressed with what I got.
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Postby DutchRailnut » Sat Apr 08, 2006 6:53 pm

Here is Link at remanufacturing plant taken by Photographer Ron.
of First nearly finished GP-49.
http://home.earthlink.net/~tv-10/813.JPG
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Postby FL9 » Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:18 pm

Not too bad looking. Mr. Railnut, do you know the location of that photo?
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Postby DutchRailnut » Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:25 am

Mid-America Car in KC I believe , the unit coupled to it is a unrebuilt GP-49
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Postby FL9 » Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:06 pm

Thank you for the clarification Dutch.
Hope all is well up in MN territory.
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Postby Traction_King » Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:10 pm

A few of my friends work for tri-rail they tell me that they are in the trirail yard and are undergoing testing. A few weeks ago I was waiting at the lake worth for my north bound train to dreyfooz (for school) and I noticed they had an gp49 low hood in front of a f40, 802 specificly. They made it from miami to west palm everything working perfectly, 802 had a faliure at west palm, so the just ran the gp49 up to mangonia and back down. I love the paint job on it, looks realy kool :-D
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