Explain Lashups to me....

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by gruggier, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. gruggier

    gruggier Member

    When Diesels to lashups, why are they faced in oppisite directions? I was just watching a BNSF Dash 9 video and the first loco was in the correct position but the other three where backwards. Why? Why not all in a forward postion?
  2. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Perhaps it's because it's easier to go from engine to engine since the doors are in the back?
    Just my thoughts on it. I can't see any other logical reason for it either.
  3. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    I believe it is mainly so they don't have to turn the loco for the return trip!
    Just move the crew to the other end.:)
  4. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Because they can run the same either way, and its jsut to much work to turn a locomotive...
  5. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    because a lot of places no longer maintain the capability to turn locomotives that they had in the steam era.
  6. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Its also for the ease of switching and spotting cars. The engineer just moves to the rear engine, the lead is sometimes disconnected, sometimes not.
    I have also seen pics, where the Wheeling and Lake Erie, deadhead a loco at the end of a train, facing the opposite direction.
  7. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Basically what it boils down to is that is how they were setting on the ready track when they were pulled for the run. Very few trains anymore, outside of shortline runs, operate where the train would directly reverse down the same route. Most major yards today serve routes radiating in multiple directions. So long as at least one unit it pointed "forward" not much thought it given to the position of other power in the consist. It is favorable, but not necessary, to have a second unit in the consist pointed forward in case the lead unit develops problems en route.

    I'd also like a source cited for those Wheeling pics as some of their trains do use power on both ends for reverse moves on the road.
  8. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

  9. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I've seen locos deadheading at the front of a train too. Say 5 total, but only 2 or 3 running. I've also seen UP use a loco at the end of coal trains to push too
  10. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Helpers on the rear are common; mid-train helpers are used in many areas.

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