Discussion about Florida passenger rail operations including proposals. Official web-sites:
Miami/Dade Metrorail, Sunrail (Orlando), and Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority
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Moderator: Kurt-Trirail

  by FL9
 
I understand Tri Rail has recently, (not sure exactly when) acquired six of these units, they are numbered 812-817. What is their future with Tri-Rail. Will these units be rebuilt for revenue service or stay around the yard?
  by Noel Weaver
 
[quote="FL9"]I understand Tri Rail has recently, (not sure exactly when) acquired six of these units, they are numbered 812-817. What is their future with Tri-Rail. Will these units be rebuilt for revenue service or stay around the yard?[/quote

I haven't heard what the plans are for these although someone else may
know as I haven't paid too much attention to the matter either.
Tri-Rail will need more equipment next year when the frequency of
service is increased once the double track project gets accompliahed.
Noel Weaver
  by Kurt-Trirail
 
It appears that Tri-Rail has un-officially abandoned the project with the GP49s, although I would venture to say that there was never an official announcement of their purchase either.

Tri-Rail has, however, ordered a set of double-decker Colorado Railcar DMUs - how many, I do not know. Below is the only photo (and/or website) that I know of that makes mention of these units:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=104458

-Kurt

  by ACLfan
 
The former NS high-nosed GP49 units were sent for rebuilding two months ago, so the rebuild program for the units appears to be underway, with an end-of-the-year scheduled completion date for the first unit.

ACLfan

  by FL9
 
I heard they were supposed to chop the nose, is this true?

  by ACLfan
 
RE: Chopping the noses

Yep. The noses are to be replaced with low noses.

ACLfan

  by Scotty Burkhardt
 
It's near the end of March 06.....any word?

  by AMTK84
 
I am making a trip to record some Tri-Rail action this week...Any idea if any of the GP49's have been put into service now with the new service?

  by FL9
 
AMTK84 wrote:I am making a trip to record some Tri-Rail action this week...Any idea if any of the GP49's have been put into service now with the new service?
Mr. Weaver stated in another thread that two of the locomotives are due in April so you might get lucky.

Depending on where you are visiting, a station like Cypress Creek or the Deerfield Beach Amtrak station would be ideal for recording horns and train sounds of that nature ( there are railroad crossings located next to these stations). I am not sure about stations located further north or anything south of Ft. Lauderdale as I do not venture to those areas often.
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  by AMTK84
 
Thanks! Well here goes, I spent the day last time at Ft. Lauderdale and was generally impressed with what I got.

  by DutchRailnut
 
Here is Link at remanufacturing plant taken by Photographer Ron.
of First nearly finished GP-49.
http://home.earthlink.net/~tv-10/813.JPG

  by FL9
 
Not too bad looking. Mr. Railnut, do you know the location of that photo?
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  by DutchRailnut
 
Mid-America Car in KC I believe , the unit coupled to it is a unrebuilt GP-49

  by FL9
 
Thank you for the clarification Dutch.
Hope all is well up in MN territory.
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  by Traction_King
 
A few of my friends work for tri-rail they tell me that they are in the trirail yard and are undergoing testing. A few weeks ago I was waiting at the lake worth for my north bound train to dreyfooz (for school) and I noticed they had an gp49 low hood in front of a f40, 802 specificly. They made it from miami to west palm everything working perfectly, 802 had a faliure at west palm, so the just ran the gp49 up to mangonia and back down. I love the paint job on it, looks realy kool :-D