Why do the 1990s-era Amtrak Talgo consists have a power car?

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Why do the 1990s-era Amtrak Talgo consists have a power car?
Posted by aegrotatio on Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:08 PM

Doesn't the locomotive provide head-end power?

 

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Posted by NorthWest on Thursday, June 27, 2019 11:25 PM

I've never heard the reason for it. Usually the locomotives provide HEP, but not always. A few trains a year seem to end up using freight locomotives for power, and it's useful then.

The Series 8 sets have a generator in the cab car, too. Just how Talgo does things.

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Posted by ORNHOO on Saturday, June 29, 2019 5:39 PM
I wonder if the Talgos use some sort of European power specification (voltage and or phase) that the US HEP generators can not provide?
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Posted by ATSFGuy on Sunday, July 14, 2019 5:00 PM

The two cars with fins at each end give the train a streamlined appearance.

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Posted by aegrotatio on Sunday, July 28, 2019 10:41 PM

ATSFGuy
The two cars with fins at each end give the train a streamlined appearance.

Thanks, but that does not have anything to do with my question.

Thanks, anyway.

 

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