Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by ElTrain
I was back in Hastings, on Hudson last week and thought I heard an oncoming freight train. It was a loud, low sound. So I head over to see what is (slowly) rolling north on the Hudson Line and its a Gennie (I think) pulling about 7-8 Shoreliner-type cars. I was expecting freight! Any idea why the engine sounded so low - like it was pulling 75 full freight cars?

Any insight would be appreciated.

  by DutchRailnut
The MNCR Gennies are AC propulsion and do not run at high RPM like the DC Amtrak counterparts.
the normal RPM for a AC gennie is 770 yo 1024 rpm of main diesel.