News Wire: Siemens Charger solos for first time out of Chicago

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Thursday, August 24, 2017 1:22 PM

CHICAGO — This morning, Amtrak Hiawatha train No. 329 departed Chicago Union Station for Milwaukee behind a new SC-44 Charger locomotive, No. 4620. This is the first solo revenue trip for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s SC-44 ...

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2017/08/24-charger-solo-on-hiawatha

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Posted by M636C on Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:39 PM

That's not my definition of solo....

The trailing vehicle on that train looks like a GE P42 to me.

It may be leading and it might be providing traction and HEP power, but it isn't alone.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:13 PM

M636C

That's not my definition of solo....

The trailing vehicle on that train looks like a GE P42 to me.

It may be leading and it might be providing traction and HEP power, but it isn't alone.

Peter

 

Note the door in the middle of the trailing cab unit.  It looks like an old F40PH converted to a "cabbage" unit, which has had its engine removed and used for baggage space, with the cab retained for push-pull operation.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:37 PM

M636C
That's not my definition of solo....

The trailing vehicle on that train looks like a GE P42 to me.

It may be leading and it might be providing traction and HEP power, but it isn't alone.

Peter

The Charger is the only 'vehicle' that has internal combustion engine in it.  The 'far end' is a Cabaggage cab unit for push pull operation.

         

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Posted by M636C on Sunday, August 27, 2017 7:42 AM

BaltACD

 

 
M636C
That's not my definition of solo....

The trailing vehicle on that train looks like a GE P42 to me.

It may be leading and it might be providing traction and HEP power, but it isn't alone.

Peter

 

The Charger is the only 'vehicle' that has internal combustion engine in it.  The 'far end' is a Cabaggage cab unit for push pull operation.

 
 
My apologies.
I didn't pause the video to check.
I hadn't seen any converted F40s with that style of painting but had seen P42s with similar colours. I realise that the converted F40s do carry a variety of colours but hadn't seen one like that.
 
Peter

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