Cab cars on Both Ends

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Cab cars on Both Ends

Post by F40 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:13 pm

I have noticed that on a few trains, NJT has been running a cab car on both ends, with the locomotive sandwiched between the 1st and 2nd cars. Is this due to the controls in the locomotive not working or related to PTC readiness? I have seen both electric and diesels operate this way recently, particularly on the NEC and Pascack Valley line.
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Re: Cab cars on Both Ends

Post by DutchRailnut » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:24 pm

locomotive not having working PTC.
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Re: Cab cars on Both Ends

Post by GSC » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:34 am

News12NJ had a report on this the other day. People were upset that the first car, in front of the locomotive, was locked and they couldn't ride in it and the train was crowded as usual. The news explained that safety rules prohibited passengers in a car leading a locomotive, and that the PTC was not yet installed in the loco. At least an attempt was made to explain the situation.

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Re: Cab cars on Both Ends

Post by JamesRR » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:44 am

I posted a pic of this in the "PTC" thread:

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I've been on several trains with this configuration. Both eastbound and westbound on the NEC.

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