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New 'Brightline' 'high speed' train for florida

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New 'Brightline' 'high speed' train for florida
Posted by Mario_v on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 10:24 AM

Helloo all ;

 

Here's a video depicting one of the new 'BrightKLine' trains leaving its factory.

From an european point of view (mine), it looks like a british HST that was thrown against a wall at 125 Mph, but  the cars have an european look. The paint scheme is neat. And it just follows common practice for here, being a high speed railcar. The bell (I know it is mandatory in the US) looks like an odd accesory for such a modern train.

 

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Posted by bedell on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:33 PM

Thanks. Nice video.

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:48 PM

Mario_v
Helloo all ;

 

Here's a video depicting one of the new 'BrightKLine' trains leaving its factory.

From an european point of view (mine), it looks like a british HST that was thrown against a wall at 125 Mph, but  the cars have an european look. The paint scheme is neat. And it just follows common practice for here, being a high speed railcar. The bell (I know it is mandatory in the US) looks like an odd accesory for such a modern train.

The bell in the video is from the standard railroad locomotives that are switcing the BrightLine train out of the factory.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:04 PM

BaltACD
The bell in the video is from the standard railroad locomotives that are switcing the BrightLine train out of the factory.

I think if you look again at the beginning, you will find that the Brightline train is moving out of the factory under its own power and you are hearing its own bell, not the UP locomotive's which is awaiting it. 

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Posted by JPS1 on Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:08 PM

Electroliner 1935

 BaltACD

The bell in the video is from the standard railroad locomotives that are switcing the BrightLine train out of the factory.
 I think if you look again at the beginning, you will find that the Brightline train is moving out of the factory under its own power and you are hearing its own bell, not the UP locomotive's which is awaiting it.

 
According to the Sun Sentinel, the first train set has arrived in Florida and has begun testing.
 
Would the train have run from California to Florida under its own power or would it have been towed there?  If it had not made the trip under its own power, why not?

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Posted by CMStPnP on Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:38 PM

Nice train also check out the interior tour..........nice to see a private company finally adapt some suggestions made in the Trains Forum on packaged Commissary meals and Trolley Cart at your seat service.   Hooo---aaahh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbx23zrB1lo

 

 

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Posted by Mario_v on Friday, January 27, 2017 10:08 AM

Indeed it has. Here are some videos of its first in house run

And its quickly getting used to its home

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Posted by Paul Milenkovic on Friday, January 27, 2017 10:54 AM

So, the bell is electronic?  Is the horn sound also coming from a loudspeaker?

 

They could equip the locomotive with a Tsunami board and also get realistic sounds for different Diesel types?Laugh

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Friday, January 27, 2017 12:29 PM

Paul Milenkovic
They could equip the locomotive with a Tsunami board and also get realistic sounds for different Diesel types?

   Better yet, make it sound like a steam engine.

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Posted by Mario_v on Friday, January 27, 2017 12:49 PM

Erm, can one program it with a Nathan M5R24 and Alco PA sound ? Do they need to do some speedmatching prior to every road run SmileHmm

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Posted by schlimm on Friday, January 27, 2017 5:25 PM

Paul Milenkovic

So, the bell is electronic?  Is the horn sound also coming from a loudspeaker?

 

They could equip the locomotive with a Tsunami board and also get realistic sounds for different Diesel types?Laugh

 



Sounds like the Metra bells (electronic).

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Posted by zugmann on Friday, January 27, 2017 7:47 PM

schlimm
Sounds like the Metra bells (electronic).

Probably just a regular ol' Graham-White Ebell.

 

http://www.grahamwhite.com/main/category.php?C1=7

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:59 PM

Unconfirmed reports that the 2nd identical Brightline train set is scheduled to leave Sacremento Thursday.  Same route as first train set to West Palm Beach.

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Posted by schlimm on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 9:55 AM

zugmann

 

 
schlimm
Sounds like the Metra bells (electronic).

 

Probably just a regular ol' Graham-White Ebell.

 

http://www.grahamwhite.com/main/category.php?C1=7

 

Probably the manufacturer for both.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:39 PM

blue streak 1

Unconfirmed reports that the 2nd identical Brightline train set is scheduled to leave Sacremento Thursday.  Same route as first train set to West Palm Beach. 

Now reported that 2nd train set will leave Sacremento on Friday.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, March 06, 2017 7:41 PM

Now reports second Brightline train set left Sacremento ~ 1500.  No pictures yet.

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Posted by MikeF90 on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:44 PM

Video of the consist being picked up at the plant:

How can Amtrak spare TWO P42s for a ferry run? 

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Posted by JPS1 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:53 AM

I did not get an answer to this question earlier, so let me try it again.

Apparently the Brightline train sets are towed to Florida.  Why is towing necessary?  Why could they not go to Florida under their own power?

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Posted by PNWRMNM on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 11:38 AM

Sam,

I do not KNOW but I suspect that controls may not be typical AAR standard and thus not familiar to engineers who would be called from the various freight pools. UP could have required Dynamic Brakes on its mountain grades, and my personal favorite, UP and CSX do not trust mechanical reliability of new power. Would you take the unnecessary chance of having your railroad shut down anywhere due to some glitch and the nearest guy who has some clue how to fix it is hundreds or thousands of miles away? I certainly would not!

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 2:08 PM

JPS1
I did not get an answer to this question earlier, so let me try it again.

Apparently the Brightline train sets are towed to Florida.  Why is towing necessary?  Why could they not go to Florida under their own power?

Unless equipment is delivered directly to the owner from the the builder it will be towed to the owners property.  Even where it is delivered directly to the owner, it will generally be towed to a shop where 'acceptance inspections' are performed before placing the equipment in service.  This applies to both locomotives and cars.  Freight charges will be assessed for the movements across non-owner lines.

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Posted by oltmannd on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 4:39 PM

BaltACD

 

 
JPS1
I did not get an answer to this question earlier, so let me try it again.

Apparently the Brightline train sets are towed to Florida.  Why is towing necessary?  Why could they not go to Florida under their own power?

 

Unless equipment is delivered directly to the owner from the the builder it will be towed to the owners property.  Even where it is delivered directly to the owner, it will generally be towed to a shop where 'acceptance inspections' are performed before placing the equipment in service.  This applies to both locomotives and cars.  Freight charges will be assessed for the movements across non-owner lines.

 

+1  

It would be fairly easy to put a freight loco in service and run it.  Sometimes that happens.  But, there are often equipment specifics that make this difficult.  Cab signalling, train stop, etc, plus any equipment specifics that the foreign RR employees aren't trained for - control specifics, brake set-up, how to handle failures, etc.

It's just much easier to tow.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, March 13, 2017 6:41 PM
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Posted by Paul of Covington on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:34 AM

   Does anyone know what the paint scheme on the nose of the locomotive is supposed to represent?   I keep thinking of it as mustard drippings.

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Posted by Brian_Tampa on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 1:57 PM

Paul of Covington

   Does anyone know what the paint scheme on the nose of the locomotive is supposed to represent?   I keep thinking of it as mustard drippings.

 

I've always thought it represents the bright yellow line. Kind of like the source of the yellow line that then continues down the side of the trainset. Hence the name "Brightline" for the train service. Plus it is for visibility. That is why the engines are primarily bright yellow.

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