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Re: A Historical Hudson Line Question

Posted by Fisk ave Jim on Mon May 14 20:05:15 2012, in response to Re: A Historical Hudson Line Question, posted by Olog-hai on Mon May 14 18:49:46 2012.

"The electrics' operating costs are still way lower than the dual-mode trains "

I disagree. Once you factor the maintenance of the rail, cables,substations, track dept expenses( broken brackets, etc) & oh yes, the cost of fossil fuels that run the substations, maintenance of transmission lines, it starts to add up.
Then theres the added cost of labor expense for switching out the M series cars for their more frequent inspections neccessary, not to mention the cost of labor incurred for the actual inspections.

Then theres the weather. 3d rail powered trains are the first to take the
hit in bad weather..

An lastly, the cost of litigation incurred for the occasional drunk fisherman that fries himself & his catch on a late Sunday afternoon while making his last trip, over 700 volts & appx 7000 amps.

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