News Wire: Progress Rail unveils new EMD Tier 4 switcher in California

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 2:49 PM

LONG BEACH, Calif. – There is a new Tier 4 road switcher option for railroads now demonstrating on the Pacific Harbor Line in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Progress Rail, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., and Pacific Har...

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2017/10/03-emd-debut

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Posted by NorthWest on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 7:04 PM

We've seen this thing unveiled three times now, and labeled the PR24B, EMD24B and GP24B...?

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 10:32 PM

NorthWest
We've seen this thing unveiled three times now, and labeled the PR24B, EMD24B and GP24B...?

Maybe the third time's the charm?  But I note that Progress is still apparently trying to flog the 3512 in this service, so I wouldn't want to see you have to shiver with antici...

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 6:49 AM

The article also notes that some PHL power has already been re-powered with Cat engines.  It would be interesting to know what their experience has been so far.

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Posted by VOLKER LANDWEHR on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 8:47 AM

CSSHEGEWISCH
It would be interesting to know what their experience has been so far.

PHL has now at least five years experience with the Cat 3512C HD in the MP20 locomotives. If the experience were bad I wouldn't understand why they take another locomotive with the same engine but Tier 4 aftertreatment.

On the other hand NJ Transit and AMT of Montreal have seven years experience with Cat 3512C HD in their ALP-45DP.
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Posted by Entropy on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 11:30 AM

Overmod

 

Maybe the third time's the charm?  But I note that Progress is still apparently trying to flog the 3512 in this service, so I wouldn't want to see you have to shiver with antici...

 

Whats wrong with the 3512? 

17 Tasrail PR22L's have been running around for a few years without major issue with 3512C-HD .

Suppose the importance of this event the EMD24B has been on PHL for almost a year, if it was unsussessful or had many road failures most likely would have been sent back, instead the RR is going to bring it on. 

 

 

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Posted by Shadow the Cats owner on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 2:23 PM

The 3500 series CAT motor is one hell of a engine.  I know our local hospital has one as a backup generator.  The railroads are going to have to admit that they can not avoid for much longer from going to DPF with SCR in addition to EGR for emissions control.  The OTR industry tried to stay away from it and failed.  Also 1800 rpm is not that fast for an engine to run yeah railroaders think it is but when you have car engines that routinely go to 4 times that not a problem.  CAT knows how to build electrical systems that can haul heavy loads look at their mining trucks and they also own Brycrus Mining Equipment the makers of the largest draglines in the freaking world.  So if they can figure out how to move those machines figuring out how to make a locomotive happy with an engine spinning at 1800rpm is going to be childs play for them.

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