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Re: Media finally questioning NJ Transit's profligacy vis--vis the ALP-45DP

Posted by Joe V on Sat Apr 28 13:56:49 2012, in response to Re: Media finally questioning NJ Transit's profligacy vis--vis the ALP-45DP, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Apr 28 13:40:50 2012.

Well yes, but that adds train miles, which NJT is loath to do.

What I could see on weekends is the 4 Rahway locals (and deadheads in the opposite direction) get the axe - turn their slots over to RVL trains. They now run with 2 eight car sets of Arrows. Then it is also zero-sum in operating costs - abolish the 2 Arrow jobs, add 1 RVL.

But they would be stuck with the exact time slots, and do not know if that works operationally with the single tracking constraints on the Lehigh Line or gives a reasonable amount of time to relay in Raritan.

This all assumes the locos work. From what a birdy in Amtrak mgmt told me is that the engines have oscillation problems and would run on Amtrak trackage at restrictive speed - basically an E44/E60 issue. Since in reality NJT trains don't get over 40 - 50MPH east of NWK anymore or for any great distance anyway (regardless of what they're supposed to do), that may not be an issue.

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