• Diesels operating Phila.-Washington

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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by twropr
 
On June 18 P42 107 powered CAROLINIAN 79 from Phila. to Washington and on the 20th 115 did the honors with 79. I believe the only P42s in PHL are the one that turns from PENNSYLVANIAN 42 to 43 plus a possible protect engine. This raises the questions as to how 107 and 115 got TO PHL and what the reason for the engine change was.
Thanks
Andy
  by STrRedWolf
 
twropr wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2024 1:30 pm On June 18 P42 107 powered CAROLINIAN 79 from Phila. to Washington and on the 20th 115 did the honors with 79. I believe the only P42s in PHL are the one that turns from PENNSYLVANIAN 42 to 43 plus a possible protect engine. This raises the questions as to how 107 and 115 got TO PHL and what the reason for the engine change was.
Thanks
Andy
Probably a protect or two. There is a yard there in PHL, after all. Plus WAS has a lot of diesels to swap out, and there's a protect in Odenton (MARC 68) and Baltimore. Given this week's mess for three days in a row, I won't be surprised if some electric engines were stuck in PHL and it wasn't enough time to get 'em down to WAS to do the swap there...

...but then I wouldn't be surprised if they're swapping 'em in Philly because WAS has the switch work going on now.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Mr. Wolf, the operating practice of Diesels changed at Philly goes back to the PRR.

I can recall a February 1958 snowstorm which disabled much of PRR's G-1 fleet. Some very fine mist got past the air filters located by Lowey to ensure the engine's beautiful lines were not disturbed.

The trains from the South (RF&P, SRY, C&O) all were handled by their home roads engines and were changed at Philly "for the duration". That is how the unsightly filters with which many a "G" was refitted, came to pass.

Practicality simply trumped (that, volks, is a play in Bridge, and not an alliteration to a Presidential candidate) the beauty of the G's exterior design.
  by NortheastTrainMan
 
MidAtlantic Transit Watch on YouTube captured P42DC No. 107 pulling Carolinian 79 out of Philly this week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3oqagw5MRw
  by CNJGeep
 
There is a crew which bring engines and cars to and from DC on a pretty much daily basis, they also bring the new Chargers down there when each one finishes testing.

79 is a regular candidate for the engine change in Philly, it's happened a few times this year with no real rhyme or reason. There are usually two or three P42s in Philly during the Summer, plus the one for 42/43.

As for why, no clue but I suspect it's to keep time in DC when there are a lot of northbounds that need new engines, or they may have needed the ACS in Philly to cap a Keystone or a northbound regional.
  by Nasadowsk
 
Gilbert B Norman wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2024 2:07 pm I can recall a February 1958 snowstorm which disabled much of PRR's G-1 fleet. Some very fine mist got past the air filters located by Lowey to ensure the engine's beautiful lines were not disturbed.
Did the PRR use the “Wrong kind of snow” excuse, or did BR come up with that one?

I also recall a few recent winters that did in the LI’s MU fleet - the M-3s had that vent on the side to help out. They were somewhat heavier due to that, and the ducting involved. I wonder why Budd didn’t try fiberglass ductwork?
  by west point
 
Suspect that the diesels are to prevent changing to diesels at WASH 1st street tunnel. Replacing the switches at the bore throats seem to call for not having to remove motors at 1st street tunnel entrance.
  by STrRedWolf
 
west point wrote: Mon Jun 24, 2024 9:43 pm Suspect that the diesels are to prevent changing to diesels at WASH 1st street tunnel. Replacing the switches at the bore throats seem to call for not having to remove motors at 1st street tunnel entrance.
That's my thinking too. Better to haul 'em up to Philly where the switches aren't under repair.