DMU question

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Postby Noel Weaver » Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:11 am

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cpontani wrote:Correct me if I'm wrong, but Tri-Rail is the only place with the bi-level Colorado Railcar DMU, right?


I saw a northbound DMU set in Pompano/Cypress area :wink: yesterday but the set looked empty.


When I rode in October there was only one set of DMU equipment in
operation but I suspect that there is another set in operation today.
I saw a set last Friday on a train that was not on the list of trains that I
had where this equipment was in use.
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Postby masscoastalfan » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:29 pm

does anyone know what type of horn is used on these cars? it sounds sort of like an S2 like what is on LIRR cab cars and septa cars.
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Re: DMU question

Postby Rockingham Racer » Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:31 pm

Noel or someone: any reports on how this equipment is performing? Is it living up to expectations?
masscoastalfan wrote:does anyone know what type of horn is used on these cars? it sounds sort of like an S2 like what is on LIRR cab cars and septa cars.

Can't tell ya, but I've heard better.
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Re: DMU question

Postby Noel Weaver » Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:09 pm

Last I knew there was a set running on its own and two more cars running behind a locomotive in one direction and being
pushed by a locomotive in the other direction.
I saw the later last week.
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Re: DMU question

Postby Kurt-Trirail » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:12 pm

Noel, are you saying that there are three sets in service? Can't be - far as I know, the roster consists of four power cars and two trailers that comprise two three-car (motor-trailer-motor) consists, or in the case of a consist powered by a locomotive, motor-trailer-loco, with the spare DMU set out of service.

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Re: DMU question

Postby Noel Weaver » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:56 pm

Kurt-Trirail wrote:Noel, are you saying that there are three sets in service? Can't be - far as I know, the roster consists of four power cars and two trailers that comprise two three-car (motor-trailer-motor) consists, or in the case of a consist powered by a locomotive, motor-trailer-loco, with the spare DMU set out of service.

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What I saw last week was a southbound in the PM with a diesel, trailer and motor. I assume the other equipment is still
running on its own with a motor - trailer - motor combo.
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Re: DMU question

Postby chrsjrcj » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:47 am

Here is a video I shot of the DMU on 6-20-08: http://youtube.com/watch?v=rn-wYJ0QRBs

Looks like its 1 engine and 2 coaches.
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Re: DMU question

Postby Kurt-Trirail » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:21 pm

Sounds as if at least one of the power cars has been demonstrating the weaknesses of its design.

I wonder how long those Detroits will last before they require a rebuild.

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Re: DMU question

Postby wigwagfan » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:35 pm

Kurt-Trirail wrote:Sounds as if at least one of the power cars has been demonstrating the weaknesses of its design.


Can anyone elaborate?

TriMet (Portland, OR) just got one power car and one trailing coach, with two more power cars to arrive within a month or two. They are all single-level cars, have two entry doors per side, and the nose has been redesigned from the original "Aero DMU" design, looking a lot like a 1970s-era Amtrak RTG Turboliner. The opening has been pushed back to November now, from September.
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Re: DMU question

Postby Penn Central » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:14 pm

Noel and I took a ride on the DMUs last week from Boynton Beach to Ft. Lauderdale. I have some photos posted on my website.

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Re: DMU question

Postby Kaback9 » Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:45 pm

Those things look so top heavy!
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Re: DMU question

Postby Penn Central » Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:18 pm

Colorado Rail Car ceased operation on December 23rd. I wonder what the status of the Tri-Rail set will be?
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Re: DMU question

Postby DutchRailnut » Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:53 pm

Actually the last car for tri-rail was shipped last week and spotted in Denver.
The car #704 may not be in runnable condition without a lot of work.
Also shipped the Alaska rail DMU.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: DMU question

Postby Kurt-Trirail » Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:54 am

DutchRailnut wrote:Actually the last car for tri-rail was shipped last week and spotted in Denver.


Which #? Didn't realize they ordered another.

DutchRailnut wrote:The car #704 may not be in runnable condition without a lot of work.


I must have missed something - what happened?

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Re: DMU question

Postby DutchRailnut » Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:11 am

Kurt the car is released , as it is paid for, rest of Colorado Railcar ceased to exist.
the car may or may not be finished completly, as I said #704 was spotted in Denver in UP yard.
was the #704 a car back for warranty work, or is it new ????
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