The weight issue is the hang up (MN's Park Ave viaduct) the possible fix could be the use of A-1-A trucks as the FL-9 used
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!
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electricron wrote: ↑Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:41 pm What is the max speeds allowed on MTA North tracks towards New Haven? Is it not 79 mph? Why should MTA spend money for either 110 or 125 mph geared locomotives?The question about "Why should we overspend?" can be answered by asking a few questions:
What is the max speeds allowed of MTA North tracks towards Albany? Is it not 90 mph? Again, why should NY state or Amtrak spend money for either 110 or 125 mph geared locomotives?
It is so easy to overspend for locomotive capabilities you will never need in its’ life span.
Maybe 25 years from now, after signals and tracks have been improved for higher speeds it would be appropriate to buy faster locomotives, but not now. In 25 years, they will be buying the next generation of locomotives to replace those they are buying now.
Jeff Smith wrote: ↑Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:43 am I'm not sure the first delivery will take five years, just that it would take that long for the total of 27 in the base order + first option.I'm going off the 50 month statement for the pilot locomotive plus an inevitable delay somewhere between contract approval and final FRA certification.