Plans for the GP49's

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Postby Noel Weaver » Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:52 pm

One of these "new" engines went southbound through Fort Lauderdale
today on a revenue train, could not catch the number as I was a couple
of cars behind the gates at the crossing.
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Postby FL9 » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:00 pm

Noel Weaver wrote:One of these "new" engines went southbound through Fort Lauderdale
today on a revenue train, could not catch the number as I was a couple
of cars behind the gates at the crossing.
Noel Weaver


Within the last month I have seen 812, 814 and 815; all in
revenue service.
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Postby FL9 » Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:28 pm

UPDATE:

GP49 #817 was delivered to Tri-Rail about a week ago,
all six units are back on Tri-Rail property from rebuilding
in KC.
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Postby modorney » Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:36 am

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Postby BlockLine_4111 » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:29 pm

This weekend I saw that several of the trains were doubleheaded with 2 locos of different color scheme. Why did they do that? The consists were very short like 3 bilevels only. :wink:
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Postby Kurt-Trirail » Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:47 pm

Engineer reports are that the units are poor performers - as I recall right, the builders "sticker" (no more plates, eh?) rates it at 2400HP - don't know if that is the workable HP w/HEP enabled, or the prime mover's base power.

I can believe it if it is the latter - would explain the lack of horsepower.

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Postby Kurt-Trirail » Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:50 pm

BlockLine_4111 wrote:This weekend I saw that several of the trains were doubleheaded with 2 locos of different color scheme. Why did they do that? The consists were very short like 3 bilevels only. :wink:


Probably out of fear that the single unit won't make the New River bridge grade :wink:

I once asked about the dual lashup one day (consist had 816 online w/o HEP, 804 online w/HEP) - engineer on that consist said it "saved fuel." I don't buy it.

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