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I have recently heard that ConnDOT wants to fund the electrification of the Springfield line. That would eliminate power mode change at New Haven.

Of course dual modes will still be useful to run the proposed Inland Route service between New York and Boston.

I’ve heard talk of that too - I suspect it will be well after the ICTs enter service so I’m sure we’ll get a few years of switching to diesel at NHV with them.
 

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ConnDOT has no money , not even to finish existing work so I doubt it.
fed money most likely
I’ve heard talk of that too - I suspect it will be well after the ICTs enter service so I’m sure we’ll get a few years of switching to diesel at NHV with them.
if they don't pull a caltrain they could have wires up pretty quick (and mattering on the environmental review needed)
 
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I have recently heard that ConnDOT wants to fund the electrification of the Springfield line. That would eliminate power mode change at New Haven.

Of course dual modes will still be useful to run the proposed Inland Route service between New York and Boston.
Of course you would still need to change mode at Springfield for the Vermonter and the service to Northampton and Holyoke.

Perhaps if the Commonwealth of MA proceeds with its plans to beef up service to Springfield we might someday see electrification from Boston to Springfield, especially if the MBTA also decides to electrify the Worcester commuter service.
 
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Of course you would still need to change mode at Springfield for the Vermonter and the service to Northampton and Holyoke.

Perhaps if the Commonwealth of MA proceeds with its plans to beef up service to Springfield we might someday see electrification from Boston to Springfield, especially if the MBTA also decides to electrify the Worcester commuter service.
Exactly - even if they electrify to Springfield they'd still need to change to diesel at Springfield to go north and likely east when they eventually send service to Boston.
 

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I wonder how the new engines are doing emissions wise which I know was one of the big goals. Hopefully they are achieving the desired decrease in GHG and particulate emissions. I know there are certain railfans who hate the new units and cheering every time one has an issue (and probably will hate whatever new rolling stock Amtrak orders and say they should have just rebuilt the Superliners) but I for one think the emissions reduction is a worthwhile goal.
 

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I wonder how the new engines are doing emissions wise which I know was one of the big goals. Hopefully they are achieving the desired decrease in GHG and particulate emissions. I know there are certain railfans who hate the new units and cheering every time one has an issue (and probably will hate whatever new rolling stock Amtrak orders and say they should have just rebuilt the Superliners) but I for one think the emissions reduction is a worthwhile goal.
It's not really a spectrum on emissions engines, either the computer is happy or it shuts the engine down. The relevant metric for comparison is more like percentage of out of service units sidelined for aftertreatment faults.
 

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Sorry but can you explain the Chicago Yard comment? Has that Amtrak team there been terrible in the past and if so what’s the assumed reason for that?
There's a Long History of Less than Quality Maintainence by the Chicago Yards!

Google will give you many options to read up on what Amtrak is getting out of the Yard and Shops in the Windy City!
 
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I am not technically inclined when it comes to motive power, but I always wondered about what appears to be an open panel on each side of the engine. Would the weather not breach the key parts of the body?
In one of the news reports about Amtrak winter weather problems, the discussion turned to the Acela trainsets. These operate with a locomotive at both ends of the train. According to an Amtrak source, the lead locomotive kicks up such a cloud of snow that it is, in fact, sucked into the open area of the trailing locomotive, melts to water and shorts out components, rendering the trailing locomotive inoperative and slowing down the trainset.
In Michigan, the Wolverines (350-355) have been having mechanical issues: 11 hours late one day, 12 hours late the next. Many cancellations on 12/27 & 12/28. These locomotives are less than five years old. Siemens has some explaining to do.
 

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In one of the news reports about Amtrak winter weather problems, the discussion turned to the Acela trainsets. These operate with a locomotive at both ends of the train. According to an Amtrak source, the lead locomotive kicks up such a cloud of snow that it is, in fact, sucked into the open area of the trailing locomotive, melts to water and shorts out components, rendering the trailing locomotive inoperative and slowing down the trainset.
In Michigan, the Wolverines (350-355) have been having mechanical issues: 11 hours late one day, 12 hours late the next. Many cancellations on 12/27 & 12/28. These locomotives are less than five years old. Siemens has some explaining to do.
They do have an issue with sucking up snow, mainly because the air intake is underneath, in front of the rear axle. The state owned locomotives have much smaller dynamic brake resistors which short out easier. The oldest units are actually 7 years old and due for a quarter life overhaul starting this year. A number of fixes have supposedly been identified so hopefully that will be enough.

One issue that has come up multiple years in the yearly review by the NGEC has been lack of spare parts. The Siemens subcontractor issue has shown itself aswell with the Venture cars. Several of those subcontractors are rumored to be out of business thanks to the pandemic too.
 

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