News Wire: Rose says BNSF will extract efficiencies from PTC, prefers battery power to natural gas for locomotives

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, April 16, 2018 11:48 PM

Even with that, we're still looking at playing "Pony Express".

The New York Central did it at Harmon for many, many years.

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7:54 AM

And CASO did it in Windsor and Detroit.


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Posted by jeffhergert on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 11:59 PM

I'm of the impression that "pony express" means changing engines at every division point/crew district.  Something the railroads did in the days of steam regularly, at least until the late steam era.  Changing between steam or diesel-electrics to straight electrics, to me, isn't a pony express type operation. 


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Posted by erikem on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:50 AM

With battery powered locomotives using existing battery technology, they probably would have to be changed at every division point. In the case of California, simply getting the trains out of the LA basin would be considered a good start. I don't think it makes economic sense for a transcontinental run.

A battery/straight electric may be an interesting combo, would allow for "complete" electrification without electrifying ALL of the tracks. It would also allow for dead zones where it would be too costly to increase clearance to accomodate the wire.

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