Salt Lake City, Utah: Frontrunner

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Salt Lake City, Utah: Frontrunner

Post by PRRGuy » Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:35 pm

I spotted these cars in a WB freight headed into Chicago; they looked pretty cool. What's the story on them?

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Post by jz441 » Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:37 pm

Hey PRRGuy,

I can't get in to see the picture... It requires a log-in and a password.

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Post by Ken V » Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:04 pm

jz441 wrote:Hey PRRGuy,

I can't get in to see the picture... It requires a log-in and a password.
Try this one: http://nictd1000.rrpicturearchives.net/ ... x?id=16656#
PRRGuy wrote:I spotted these cars in a WB freight headed into Chicago, they looked pretty cool. Whats the story on them?...
These are bi-level commuter cars built by Bombardier for use in Salt Lake City: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FrontRunner . It looks like these are both cab cars - 112 definitely is.

The Utah Transit Authority has produced a short video on Front Runner: http://www.rideuta.com/calendarAndNews/ ... ighWMV.wmv

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Salt Lake City, Utah: Frontrunner

Post by ljeppson » Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:24 am

Construction of the frontrunner commuter rail line (parallel to UP main from SLC to Ogden) is over half done. Presently a path is being cut through the old intermodal facility north of SLC to accomodate the Frontrunner line. This is being done in conjunction with the major rebuild of UP SLC - North Yard.

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Post by ljeppson » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:42 am

Also of interest is that even though the Fronrunner track creates a triple track situation between SLC and Ogden, it will not be a true triple track most of the time; that is, Frontrunner trains will keep to their own track and Union Pacific trains will keep to theirs. However, UP insisted on putting in several crossovers for emergency use.

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Post by ljeppson » Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:53 pm

The first frontrunner diesel has shown up, appropriately the one spot, in red, white and blue. I'm not enough of a diesel buff to know the model, but it looks EMDish with a rounded nose like a lot of the CA engines.

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Locomotives for UTA Frontrunner

Post by PrimeMover » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:07 pm

Hey ljeppson, those locos might be Motive Power Industries MP36PH-3Cs. It would make sense because they're manufactured right here in Boise, Idaho, only 350 miles away from SLC.

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Post by PRRGuy » Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:12 am

About a month or two ago, I spotted a couple of the cab cars for this Utah line headed towards Chicago through Indiana.

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Post by San Diego Transit » Tue Jan 23, 2007 12:26 am

On the Utah cars, it appears one of the service doors is higher than the other. Is this my imagination?

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Post by ljeppson » Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:27 am

I'll check it out.

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Utah Frontrunner

Post by Ocala Mike » Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:21 am

My son, who lives in Salt Lake City, sent me these links. The first is a picture of the first Frontrunner locomotive taken at the manufacturer's plant in Idaho. The second is a press release about the above's unveiling in SLC yesterday (sorry; this is after the fact).

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Frontrunner locomotive went through Boise 5/4/07

Post by PrimeMover » Fri May 04, 2007 7:00 pm

I saw a Utah Frontrunner MP36 Fresh out of MPI roll through Boise today. It was on the tail end of an Idaho Northern & Pacific local. Lots of locomotives from many railroads are delivered and picked up from MPI here in Boise thanks to the Idaho Northern & Pacific.

That locomotive will be in Nampa Idaho (16 miles west of Boise) tonight, transfered to the UP at the yard there in Nampa and taken down to Salt Lake pretty soon, probably in the next day or two.

That Frontrunner locomotive was pretty sharp looking!

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Post by PRRGuy » Sat May 12, 2007 5:28 pm

Spotted another Frontrunner car today headed west behind some CP units on the NS' ex-NYC line to Chicago. Car number was 202, I believe. I didn't get a photo of it; however, I did find someone up the line who did.

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Post by jz441 » Tue May 15, 2007 2:34 pm

Does anyone know who will operate the Frontrunner? Is it Amtrak?

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Post by Ocala Mike » Tue May 15, 2007 4:01 pm

Nothing at all to do with Amtrak. It's a project of the Utah Transit Authority.

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