Metra has lines that are operated by BNSF and UP, which coincidentally both railroads own SD70MACs themselves. Metra also shares trackage operated by freight trains too, so they'll be fine on Metra.at 415 000 lbs (before adding HEP system) these things will be track destructors.
Actually, an F40C is essentially a shorter SDP40F, not a six axle F40. Metra most definitely not go out of their way to get six axles in that case. They just shrunk an existing six axle model to a more reasonable size.Essentially proof that an SD70MAC variant can be used in passenger service just like what is done in India. Now if you need US proof, go to Alaska, those SD70MACs pull passenger trains. Fact is, freight engines modified to pull or push passenger trains is nothing new. It's been done for a while folks, matter of fact at one time Metra had F40Cs, which basically are six axle versions of the F40.
Sadly you're right. Illinois doesn't really put any money towards Metra these days. And it's sad.What you’re seeing here is an agency so desperately short of money that they have to basically take whatever scraps they can find behind the dumpster and make a meal out of it.
I am as well. In freight service they're great. But making extreme changes to take a unit from freight to passenger has me interested.I'm interested to see the performance of these road engines. They are great pullers but the few times I've done anything with them they were slow to load.
It shows that it can be done.
I also don’t quite understand. What does this show can be done? How does that locomotive connect to an SD70MAC?