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Sean R Das

It is a fact that passenger trains have higher brake pipe pressures than freight trains (for safety reasons nonetheless). However, I have a few questions:

1) Considering the pressure differential (which is 20 PSI) between freight and passenger trains, how are/were freight locomotives able to run passenger trains on occasion (as I have read about in the past)?

2) With dual-service locomotives, which by default have the "passenger" trainline pressure as the maximum, how are they able to handle freight trains with lower trainline pressure?


Been Nothin' Since Frisco
The pressure setting is adjusted by the regulating valve (aka feed valve). On BNSF it's 90 for freight and 105 for passenger. You simply set the regulating valve to the desired pressure and then charge the train line. Also, the automatic brake valve cutout valve has to be put in Passenger, which allows for the brakes to be released when the brake valve is moved toward release rather than having to move the brake valve all the way to release. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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