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If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby EricSmith » Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:59 pm

If you could change/add one(or multiple) thing(s) on your Locomotive, what would it be and why?

Cup holders, change Trip Optimizer, etc.
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby Engineer Spike » Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:29 am

Get away from CCB and EPIC brakes, and go with good old 30CDW, or 26l brakes.
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby amtrakhogger » Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:48 am

Microwave oven.
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby DutchRailnut » Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:47 pm

Really you want a locomotive or a deli ?
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby Allen Hazen » Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:22 pm

I think microwave ovens have been standard equipment in the cabs of Australian diesel locomotives for some time now. (Australian practice pus more emphasis, I think, on employee safety and comfort than American does.)
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:45 am

only on long haul ore trains, the engineers is in seat for 8 or more hours non stop and by himself, it never happens in USA.
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby MichaelB86 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:12 pm

A clean toilet.
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby 10more years » Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:45 am

In order: mandatory heat strip on front windows, better seats, thermostat for AC, microwave, wider doors, the ability to start/stop/isolate rear power from the head end locomotive.

the list goes on and on.
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby RussNelson » Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:21 am

Y'know, if they didn't use pooled power, but instead you were in the same loco for every trip, I'll bet that engineers would start customizing "their" power with better seats (like the ones truckers use), heater strips, a microwave and minifridge, and yes, a clean toilet.
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:37 pm

warp speed button, so that 10 hour day seems like minutes.
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby Engineer Spike » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:37 pm

Actually CN does have microwave ovens in the engines. They also have hot plate burners too. CPR has hotplates too. It is handy, since we get a meal allowance, instead of a meal break. On our 240 mile run, it is handy to be able to have more than just a sandwich.

I like the idea of being able to isolate units from the leader. Conrail had this kind of system. They could save fuel, and run the leader wide open on the flat, but save time, by putting extra power on line for the hills.

The newer units can show how the trailing power is loading. This is handy because it lets the engineer know if there is a problem, without goin back to check. I don't like crossing between units..
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby atsf sp » Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:17 pm

Id say microwaves too. Beats having to put your dinner on the sidewalls or the engine block.
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby PE1624 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:36 pm

I would change the livery to Red, Black and Orange.....
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Re: If you could change one thing on your Loco...

Postby GSC » Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:14 pm

The seat. It swivels, but has no back-and-forth or up-and-down adjustments. Air suspension in the seat would be nice too.

I need the back-and-forth adjustment because my long legs and knees hit the brake stand piping all the time.
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