by Jeff Smith
I think I remember reading that these cars use FL-9's for power. I guess that's another nail in the coffin.......unless the converted Bombs retain them (likely not with replacements arriving shortly).
Moderators: GirlOnTheTrain, nomis, FL9AC, Jeff Smith
DutchRailnut wrote: As Penn Central knows many a new engineer put some embarising flatspots on those cars.It is easy to get in trouble with the inspection train, even for an experienced engineer. One 20 year vet forgot about Portchester Curve and hit it at 60 mph with the president onboard. Before the Genesis power came in 1995, Bombarier trains with FL-9s were restricted to 79 mph (still in effect due to brakes). With no restriction on the inspection train it wasn't easy going 89 up the Hudson with no stops and not missing a speed restriction. When Don Nelson was President, he knew the track speed and kept his eye on the speedometer in the observation car. If you didn't do MAS, you would get a call on the radio asking why.
DutchRailnut wrote:probably not, railroads and suggestions never work well together, suggestions are usually frownd upon and put down as rediculous, but later surface as some bosses ideaThat sounds pretty negative and malcontent. On Metro-North, they had a program called IDEAS where several employees earned thousands of dollars for their suggestions. To say that they frowned upon ideas when there was a program to encourage them is false and misleading. I'm sure if an employee had an idea for a new inspection train that could save money, it would be adopted.
Otto Vondrak wrote:If I can rebut Maybrook's opinion about the train- I see no problem with Metro-North or any other railroad operating an inspection fleet. Why can't they have a train to allow executives to make inspection runs and occasionally entertain the politicians that could possibly affect the operating budget contributions? It's part of doing business, and it's a grand old railroad tradition I'm glad Metro-North carries on.Exactly... it's the same reason politicians are invited to special tours at NASA, or through war zones -- even if they aren't necessarily knowledgeable in those fields, nor qualified to access "restricted" areas. But these are the folks who have a major impact on your budget, directly with their own votes, and indirectly with their influence on other lawmakers' votes.
Metro-North to purchase high-tech track inspection car
NEW YORK – The Metro-North Railroad division of the MTA will spend $11.8 million for a device called a geometry car. The high-tech machine will be used to ride the rails to locate potential issues before they cause problems, noted Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti.
“We have been borrowing geometry cars from Long Island. We have an MTA blue ribbon panel of federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board reports that all said we need to get a track geometry car,” Giulietti said. “We are getting one of the most advanced track inspection vehicles in the world and this vehicle will further enhance our efforts to identify potential track problems so they can be repaired before they become safety issues and affecting the service.”
The MTA board this week approved the purchase of the machine.