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    Metra signs contract for new passenger cars

    Personally, I think I would've designed the cab cars with a more aerodynamic front end. With the way they look in the rendering, they're not aerodynamic and would likely be prone to turbulence drag.
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    As of right now, one ALC-42 has been painted for Amtrak's 50th anniversary. But since the P42's will be retired in years to come, will Amtrak likely paint any more ALC-42's in Heritage/Special schemes to replace the old ones?
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    So, comparing the Siemens ALC-42 to the GE P42DC... - P42DC: 4,200 HP DC powered, 268,000 lbs, slow loading - ALC-42: 4,200 HP, AC powered, 264,000 lbs, fast loading A typical long-distance train uses 2 P42DC's, but is there likely a chance that only one ALC-42 can do the job compared to 2 P42DC's?
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Probably not necessarily. It would probably depend on how the car is designed.
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    Of course, this is very highly unlikely to happen, but I have THOUGHT of something for Amtrak to replace both the Amfleets and the Superliners. I think Amtrak should purchase something similar if not the same as a MultiLevel, both for corridor services and long-distance services. However, they...
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    I've heard before that the Chargers don't perform very well in cold weather. What exactly is wrong with them in cold weather? And whatever the problems are, could it be a design flaw or something?
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    She looks great in her shiny fresh paint!
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    Well, they've now officially revealed the schemes of the ALC-42's! This ought to be interesting!
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    I just noticed that it looks like the ALC-42's will not be fitted with strobes.
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    Well, the first ALC-42 has been completed, but still has yet to be painted!
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    I wouldn't think so either. I would think they'll be painted with the standard Phase V scheme.
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    Well, this is interesting! But I can't tell whether it's the official scheme for the ALC-42's or if it's just a prototype scheme. http://www.highspeed-rail.org/Documents/Annual%20Meetings/2020/Amtrak%20Procurement%20presentation%20NGEC%20%281%29.pdf
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    #7(28) hits sprayer tractor

    Gee, if he had been farming ever since 1974, who knows what he was thinking as he pulled into the train's path?
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    #7(28) hits sprayer tractor

    I can imagine what it's like hitting a 30+ ton tractor at 79 MPH! Almost a week after the accident, I'm actually surprised they haven't released the victim's name yet. I would think they'd have released his name by now.
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    Baldwin DR-12-8-1500/2 "Centipede" Specifications

    I'm a little confused there, because the "Weight On Drivers" is 409,000 lbs. However, the "Total Weight" is 593,710 lbs.
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    Baldwin DR-12-8-1500/2 "Centipede" Specifications

    Now, I'm trying to calculate the weight of the front trucks, the rear trucks, and the carbody itself. I stumbled across this diagram of the Baldwin Centipede. For a single Centipede, the "weight on the drivers" is 409,000 lbs. The "weight on the drivers" is the weight of the carbody, am I...
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    I wonder why it was sandwiched rather than in the lead? One would think they'd put it in the lead for testing.
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    Baldwin DR-12-8-1500/2 "Centipede" Specifications

    And on a side note: The overall weight of the Centipede was 593,710 lbs. But how much did the carbody and trucks weigh separately? This diagram might be a little helpful. http://www.trainweb.org/seaboard/CENTIPEDE/bp-1_E437703b.gif
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    Baldwin DR-12-8-1500/2 "Centipede" Specifications

    Alrighty. So, for a single Centipede, it provides 102,500 lbs of Starting Tractive Effort @ 25% and 52,800 lbs of Continuous Tractive Effort @ 17.8 MPH. So I can get the physics correct, let's do the calculations of the Tractive Effort for oh say every 5 MPH. 0 - 102,500 lbs 5 - ? 10 - ? 15 -...
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    Baldwin DR-12-8-1500/2 "Centipede" Specifications

    Okay. So, just to make sure I read you correctly... A DOUBLE set of Centipedes provided 205,000 lbs of Tractive Effort and weighed 593.71 tons?
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