Some more SC-44 Chargers for you guys!

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Some more SC-44 Chargers for you guys!
Posted by HybridHobby on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:26 PM

Hey everyone, here is a quick video of some SC-44 Chargers on Amtrak's Southwest Chief through Fullerton Railroad Days. Enjoy Santa Fe 3751 giving a friendly goodbye whistle! 

https://youtu.be/faIwu2fgvm4

Tags: 3751 , Amtrak , charger , fullerton , sc44
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Posted by Buslist on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:53 AM

Slightly OT but "informed sources" indicate that a contract exists between Amtrak and the states for testing of the new locomotives only. There is not yet a contract in place for cost allocation for regular operation so the may be a delay yet. (Not sure if this is a single contract with the consortium or state by state).

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Posted by ATSFGuy on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 6:34 PM

Is Amtrak pleased with the Charger Locomotives so far?

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Posted by MikeF90 on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 2:44 PM

Looks like someone is paying Amtrak to run up breakin miles on the recently delivered, Caltrans funded locos.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EluARTTO_P8

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPJTnqef3kw

Amtrak won't allow them into service (San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Pacific Surfliner) until some special equipment is installed. Not sure about Caltrain service though.

Google Map links ---> Sunset Route overview, SoCal metro, Yuma sub, Gila sub, east of Tucson, BNSF Northern Transcon and Southern Transcon

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Posted by A McIntosh on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:03 PM

Once these locomotives are fully accepted and in service, how many Amtrak units will be freed up, as well as any other units?

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Posted by NorthWest on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:44 PM

There are currently seven Talgo sets in a rotation, powered by the five Cascades F59PHIs and at least two P42DC/P40DC/Dash 8-32BWHs from the national pool. I suspect that the F59s will be retired but there is some rumors they may stick around (and I hope so).

At least two units will be freed.

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