Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by tetters, May 24, 2007.
Anyone see this yet?
WOW, somebody beat that poor thing with a ugly stick. My opinion. Great picture though.
P. S. I am going to send you a P.M.
I like the look of this new loco! I also like how they've tweaked the GO livery. Personally, I'm not that crazy about the GO livery and colours, etc. I think it's a little tired looking and maybe a little too 70s!
At any rate, I think it's great that they're getting some new locos and my kids and I sure enjoy watching the many GO Trains we see in Toronto.
That's not as bad as the "wave" paint scheme we have on the Sounder in Washington State.
I guess if it can't be fast, they have to paint it at least so it looks fast...
I happen to like 60s-70s "modern" paint schemes. For a moment, I thought this was an F59PHI, as I'm not so used to the model it actually is: MP36PH. That misidentification made me actually like it, which made me wonder if the MP36PH is as ugly as I used to think...
These engines are for passenger trains only correct? Would it not be cheaper to just use a standard loco? Or is there a market to justify them
Freight locos aren't fitted with HEP, and thus can't work passenger assignments.
These aren't the first MP36s; CalTrain, at least, also has them.
Head End Power, electrical power supply for the cars. Back in steam and early diesel days, steam heating was used instead. Thus, diesel or electric passenger locomotives had to carry a steam generator. GO Transit was one of the early users of HEP in the 60s. It didn't become ubiquitous until the Amtrak era.
See you can teach an old dog:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen: Thanks triplex
HEP=Head End Power. All (I think) modern passenger trains (at least in North America) use it. The power for heating, cooling and lighting comes from the locomotive. Of course, the cars usually have some battery backup to use during engine changes etc., but this is not the primary power for the cars.
I believe they are MP40... not MP36... at least that's the correction given on the CPR list.
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