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Being from Missouri and having never seen the Northeast corridor or Amtrak California in person, I have some questions.

First where are the ditch lights on the Acela power cars? Are they the lights right above the red line on the side as seen here? If not are they exempt from this requirement?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=352860&nseq=19

Second How can Amtrak have locomotives with the same unit number? The numbers on the Acela power cars (still considered a locomotive right?) and some of the Amtrak California F59PHIs are the same. How can that be? I realize that the Acela trains are serviced as a whole train but the power cars are removable. correct?
Acela power car 2014:
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=619430
F59PHI 2014:
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2023184
 

TPWRY

member
Being from Missouri and having never seen the Northeast corridor or Amtrak California in person, I have some questions.

First where are the ditch lights on the Acela power cars? Are they the lights right above the red line on the side as seen here? If not are they exempt from this requirement?

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=352860&nseq=19

Second How can Amtrak have locomotives with the same unit number? The numbers on the Acela power cars (still considered a locomotive right?) and some of the Amtrak California F59PHIs are the same. How can that be? I realize that the Acela trains are serviced as a whole train but the power cars are removable. correct?
Acela power car 2014:
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=619430
F59PHI 2014:
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2023184
Amtrak California uses the CDTX reporting mark.
 

NM_RailNut

Member
Amtrak California uses the CDTX reporting mark.
The California DOT (Caltrans) owns the Amtrak California locomotives and rolling stock, hence the CDTX reporting marks. This equipment is used exclusively on routes which are mostly funded by the state (i.e., the Capitol Corridor trains, the San Joaquins, and the Pacific Surfliner, which used to be known as the San Diegan) and is maintained by Amtrak.
 

NM_RailNut

Member
I realize that the Acela trains are serviced as a whole train but the power cars are removable. correct?
No, not out on the line, otherwise they'd be called locomotives and not power cars. True, they have individual numbers (as do the passenger cars) and could operate separately (in theory) from the rest of the train, but they can only be separated from the rest of the trainset in a properly equipped maintenance facility; this is the case with all high-speed electric trains.
 




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