ATK wrote:Wasn't this contract suppose to have been awarded last year? Rebuilding the P40 fleet in addition to the "top deck overhaul" of the GP40's?
Well there was a different RFP put out a couple of years ago for a "top deck overhaul of 14 locomotives" presumably being the 8 P40s and 6 GP40-2H units.
Now seeing as it's for 12 units of the same model CDOT probably wanted to have a single class of diesels for maintenance purposes, etc. And with officials @ CDOT still insisting that the M-8s will be used to at least Old Saybrook in the not too distant future perhaps they figured won't need as many diesels for the Hartford Line and New London/any Westerly "pilot project" service.
Which begs the question of could it soon be time to retire the GP40s? Certainly by the time any other major expansion of service (New Milford, Waterbury-Hartford-Manchester) could happen the time will have come to replace/expand the fleet with new locomotives.