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Re: DMU, kick this dead horse, again

Posted by lirr42 on Wed Jul 10 18:57:42 2019, in response to Re: DMU, kick this dead horse, again, posted by orange blossom special on Wed Jul 10 07:42:53 2019.

This particular proposal to buy "alternative diesel equipment" for the East End is over and done with...the LIRR diverted the funding allocated to DMU's to purchase work locomotives instead, after they abandoned the idea of using DMU's on the East End after they deemed it too expensive to run a limited quantity procurement (and they didn't bother to make their interest known during the design of the Nippon-Sharyo DMU's, which then allegedly would not clear LIRR's third rail). There's no funding in the current 2015-2019 capital program to finance a DMU purchase, or any diesel equipment, for that matter.

Of course, the landscape now is very different.
New FRA passenger equipment safety standards mean they could make minor adaptations to off-the-shelf European DMU designs (which are much more common than they are in the US). There are now even BEMU's (battery powered) and HMU's (hydrogen powered) that can offer new alternatives. But LIRR is stuck in the last century, so I wouldn't bet on these ideas being given their due consideration anytime soon...!


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