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What is your malfunction?
PHL 40 (Pacific Harbor Line) with new paint.

Today, I managed to get some shots of the PHL 40 in the Tacoma yard, I just got done working and I thought i'd get some shots to share before I headed home :D

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What is your malfunction?
Phl 40

Here are four more shots, it is ready to head back south to LA.
I managed to get into the cab and did it have that new locomotive smell :D


What is your malfunction?
I could have brought you to the east yard to grab some shots if you were down in the area.
Another thing is it's not easily visible from the 509 viaduct or D street nor Portland Ave.
No Fair!!! I wish I had the access you have.


What is your malfunction?
FRA inspection card and shipping instructions permit, and the new locomotive smell.:D
Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures, I took these with my phone.
The model designation is a PR30C


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That paint job on the locomotive looks killer. Very very sharp looking locomotive. Do they have anymore coming to the roster?


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I agree,how cool are those stripes.That's enough to make even zebra's jealous...Any idea when it's coming south, wouldn't mine a heads up, if you could.

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started out as an SD50 then PRLX 3006 in a quasi UP paint scheme before this.

its not a former SD50. It started life as a CP Rail SD40-2. All of the PR30C's have been built using SD40-2 core units. Progress Rail has only used SD50 core units for NS PR43C's #4000 and 4001 as well as PRLX #4300.

Bryan Jones

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Some further details of what all those components do.

Does anybody know what the diesel configuration was when they were rebuilt by MPI? Was there something inherently wrong or weak with the MPI design? I seem to recall it was federal grant money paying for most of these repowerings. And I'm sure the state of CA partially paid for the initial MPI rebuilding, too. What is it with PHL sucking at the public trough all the time?

I am more than a little leery of Progress trying to make, dare I say, force, existing CAT diesels work in rail applications. It has never worked, despite tons of tests and demo units. Just looking at the images of the CAT power plant compared to a 710, the 710 is much cleaner, refined, less 'external plumbing' that is a vulnerability in this type of application. Look at slide 9 in the following 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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