Talgo train on Stevens Pass

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douglasm

Member
Sorry for the short notice, but I couldn't get to a computer any faster.....

A complete Talgo train, led by an (I think) Amtrak P42 came through Rock Island, WA westbound about 5pm this evening. I assume it is one of the new Cascade Service train sets.

Two observations.....1) it shocked the heck out of my wife and I, and 2) it sure looked good.
 

douglasm

Member
Only saw one, but we only got a fleeting glance at the head end.

Question my wife had. There was a cab unit bringing up the rear. Is the talgo double ended, or were they pulling it backwards? Like I said, I didn't get a good look at the head end, and the tracks veer away a bit as they approach the Rock Island Bridge......
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
Only saw one, but we only got a fleeting glance at the head end.

Question my wife had. There was a cab unit bringing up the rear. Is the talgo double ended, or were they pulling it backwards? Like I said, I didn't get a good look at the head end, and the tracks veer away a bit as they approach the Rock Island Bridge......
The typical Talgo train set has cab units on both ends. One unit is powered while the other unit is a control unit made from a former AMTRAK unit which has had its diesel engine removed. The side of the control unit has a roll up type garage door and can be used as a baggage car. Check my MP 18 and MP 17 threads in the Western US forum for photos of typical PNW Talgo train sets.
 

Pilawt

Member
The typical Talgo train set has cab units on both ends. One unit is powered while the other unit is a control unit made from a former AMTRAK unit which has had its diesel engine removed. The side of the control unit has a roll up type garage door and can be used as a baggage car.
There is only one cab car with the roll-up door currently in Cascades service, #90278. It's also the only one in the blue-and-silver Amtrak livery. All of the other cab cars are in the mud-and-moss Cascades paint scheme, and without the roll-up door.

All current Cascades cab cars are de-engined F40PH units.

Power on the other end (south end of all trains now) is either an F59 in Cascades paint (save the one F59 still in the "King Tut" ad wrap, though the exhibition it advertises closed in January) or a P42 in standard Amtrak colors.

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Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
There is only one cab car with the roll-up door currently in Cascades service, #90278. It's also the only one in the blue-and-silver Amtrak livery. All of the other cab cars are in the mud-and-moss Cascades paint scheme, and without the roll-up door.
Thanks for clarifying the unpowered units. I usually don't pay much attention to them.

"Mud and moss"? You PDX Men in Portlandia are so unpoetic. Up here in Starbucks Land we refer to those colors as "latte and mocha." :D
 

Bob

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Staff member
Thanks for clarifying the unpowered units. I usually don't pay much attention to them.

"Mud and moss"? You PDX Men in Portlandia are so unpoetic. Up here in Starbucks Land we refer to those colors as "latte and mocha." :D
If your Mocha is green, better pick a different $tarbucks!
 

p51

Marty, it runs on steam!
There was supposed to be one of the new 'schoolbus' Talgo sets at Portland for National Train Day. It was on the program, too, but no train.
Anyone have an idea why not? I assume they just didn't have a finished train yet to show off?
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
Only saw one, but we only got a fleeting glance at the head end.

Question my wife had. There was a cab unit bringing up the rear. Is the talgo double ended, or were they pulling it backwards? Like I said, I didn't get a good look at the head end, and the tracks veer away a bit as they approach the Rock Island Bridge......
It had the new cab end on it. That's how they make them now a days. We got one sitting at the Amtrak yard at Holgate and perhaps one at KIng Street station. I didn't know the other new set was to be here today.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
There was supposed to be one of the new 'schoolbus' Talgo sets at Portland for National Train Day. It was on the program, too, but no train.
Anyone have an idea why not? I assume they just didn't have a finished train yet to show off?
The new train set still has the plastic on the seats and some sort of person sized weights on selective seats. I walk by it everyday at Holgate street yard.
 




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