I'm a new member in this forum, AMTFan1! I'm also a member of the Canadian forum of public transit: http://metrodemontreal.com/forum
Since I've learn that the NJT's ALP-45DP are in revenue service, I would like to inform you about what is happening here, in Montreal, with our own ALP-45DP locomotives which belong to the AMT (Agence Métropoloitaine de Transport, the agency that runs the commuter trains in Montreal).
First of all, as you might all know, all the AMT's dual-power locomotives were removed from service since the derailment of AMT #1352 in Montreal Central Station last December. But also, no more testing has occurred with them since that incident. An investigation has taken place by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSBC).
But from what I've read in this forum, some recent testing, supervised by the TSBC, has occurred last March in Central Station with AMT #1350 & #1353 combined with 9 multi-levels in order to determine the cause of the derailment of unit #1352. During testing, many defects were found on the tracks of Central Station and those defects are most probably the reason why AMT #1352 has tilted inside Central Station.
After testing, the maintenance team, which is under the responsibility of CN (Canadian National), has done several repairs on the tracks in order to allow them to support the weight of the ALP-45DP and increase their safety degree. Some other repairs seem to have occurred on the Deux-Montagnes train line since the majority of all the testing with the ALP-45DP's in diesel and electric mode has occurred on this train line.
The other thing you might need to know is that the majority of all the train tracks that are used by the AMT in Montreal for their train service belongs to CN and CP (Canadian Pacific). So the reason why all the ALP-45DP were no longer tested or on duty might be because CN has forbidden their use since the derailment.
Recently, three days ago, one of the members in the forum, Martrain, has learned that it appears CN has given the authorization to the AMT to continue the tests with the ALP-45DP and put them back on duty since it seems that the preliminary report of the TSBC has been released with some of the results of the investigation. But this information still has to be confirmed since we are not completely sure about it. But the release of this news coincide with the first day of revenue service of the NJT's ALP-45DP. It appears that NJT was also waiting the release of the report from the TSBC and see if CN will give the authorization to the AMT.
But still, we are hopping to see the AMT's ALP-45DP back on the tracks soon. If everything is alright, we might see them back in two weeks at least for more testing.
You can see all the discussion on this link even if it's in french: http://metrodemontreal.com/forum/viewto ... 407#210407
Until now unit #1350 to #1367 were all delivered to the AMT and currently stored in the yard. There are only 2 more units left to be delivered (#1368 & #1369).
You can see all the video of the AMT'S ALP-45DP during testing or on duty in the playlist I've created on Youtube, "AMT ALP-45DP":
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... ature=plcp