Yep, the Eagles have needed 2 Engines for years since the P-42s are starting to become Shop Queens due to being "run hard and put up wet"!( but the 4 Car consists are a joke!)CHI>SAS - Yep, started running 2 Engines last 3 days including today.
Also ran a second sleeper on Tue of last week... (at first was thinking they were going to start running the 3 day a week 421-2130 again along the weekly 21-2120 (this way for years, and dozens of 421/21's trips) but as an added twist I'm on my first 2131 car next week. I'll log the consist numbers in case they're changing the 2130 car number. No clues at this point.
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I hear what you're saying, but was the second unit powered and pulling, or was it dead in tow? My belief is that it was probably the latter.So some accountant in DC thinks running a Genesis and four cars delivers the best numbers for this train. So what do the accounts think of an extra 4000 gallons of diesel to move four cars is doing to the "bottom line"?
Maybe not... Eagle has run 2 Engines 4 days in a row now.I hear what you're saying, but was the second unit powered and pulling, or was it dead in tow? My belief is that it was probably the latter.
Good point, looked at the cams today can could not tell. Still thats pulling 130 tons or so just for the heck of it. Thats a Superliner and a half roughly. Talk about pulling non rev cars.I hear what you're saying, but was the second unit powered and pulling, or was it dead in tow? My belief is that it was probably the latter.
Interesting info. Where is that from? It shows the train running to Dallas when actually it runs to Ft. Worth. That causes me to question the accuracy of other info.
I authored the XLS and the Information comes from the virtualrailfan Fort Worth Tower 55 cam. (for the Eagle)Interesting info. Where is that from? It shows the train running to Dallas when actually it runs to Ft. Worth. That causes me to question the accuracy of other info.
You are correct that the Eagles are running 2 P-42s between CHI and SAS, but with a 4 Car Consist the question is Why when this Train ran for over 20 years with 1 when the consist was 8-9 Cars.To further qualify this consist, is as it leave St Louis thru San Antonio (they drop off cars in St Louis) And they don’t alter in consist between St Louis and San Antinio.
Pre-COVID Eagle ran with the 7 days a week 21 with 1 Sleeper up front, Diner, Obs, and 2 Coach's and added the 3 days a week 421 Sleeper and Coach to the end of the train.
During COVID they have dropped the Baggage and Observation car as well as the extra Sleeper and Coach (and ran only 3 days a week for the 21 too for a while) But currently are running only 1 Sleeper up front, Diner, Obs, and 2 Coach’s. (Exceptions have been rare)
We started seeing a second Engine each day for a few days now. I suspect they are preparing to return the “true” 421 Sleeper/Coach soon on the back of the train (my preference .
Only thing I can’t validate are the actual car #’s. (cams aren’t that good yet) For this I’m only going on history.
Below lists my last few Eagle trips.
Note that it's always been either 2x30 or 2x20 but next week will be the first time I’ve been assigned to a 2131 on the Eagle.
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Texasrailadvocates.org and Railpassengers.org (renamed NARP) is the best we've got now.There used to be an advocacy group for this train. Has it ceased to exist. I believe it was they who got Amtrak to make some improvements to the train.
Although the scenery is not dramatic, I found it quite pleasant. The sunset over the Texas farmland (I think south of Temple?) was very pretty, wish I got a picture of it..\Also I should add the disclaimer that I'm not fond of the Eagle. Nothing to see CHI>DAL. It's simply my route home from Zephyr, Empire, or Chief.