Here is my MTH Amtrak Pacific Surfliner locomotive #458 an Emd F59PHI! Note the 2 of the 3 Amfleet I coaches in phase IV are numbered incorrectly. The numbers are for Amfleet II coaches- just noticed 2 minutes ago! I want to update it to Proto 2 eventually. Video Rating: 4 / 5
Witness NECR freight and local trains, including Continuous Welded Rail trains powered by pure Blue and Gold, as well as NYS&W SD70M’s making their voyage back home, and a sighting of the Amtrak Vermonter, all in the Fall of 2010 on the NECR Roxbury Subdivision. 10-24-10 Amtrak Southbound Vermonter 55 banks around the steep curve in town. AMTK P42DC 49 AMTK P42DC 104 10-28-10 A Northbound Loaded Continuous Welded Rail Train bound for St. Albans passes the center of town at sunet with a TRIO of blue and gold, and the leader running Long Hood Forward! NECR GP38 3845 NECR GP38 3857 NECR GP38 3844 Unfortunate delays kept this train coming earlier in the day, but it was one of a few trains that made of 25 new miles of 115 RE CWR south of St. Albans. 10-31-10 Light Engines RMPX GP40-2LW 9457 NECR GP38 3848 10-31-10 Empty CWR howling through the center of town with a duo of blue and gold! TURN IT UP! NECR GP38 3844 NECR GP38 3857 11-03-10 600 NECR GP38 3840 12-11-10 324 howls through the center of town with an amazing lashup including the three NYS&W SD70M’s returning home for good to be put back into service on NYS&W. FEC SD40-2 722 CEFX SD40-2 3398 FEC SD40-2 721 NYSW SD70M 4050 NYSW SD70M 4052 NYSW SD70M 4054 NECR GP38 3845 Enjoy and Thanks For Watching!!! Video Rating: 4 / 5
Amtrak action at the Elmhurst Model Railroad Club. This train features 2 Kato F40ph’s, 2 Kato MHC’s, Rapido smooth side baggage, 3 Kato Sleepers, Kato Diner, Kato Lounge, 2 Kato Coaches, 1 Kato Coach-Baggage, and two private cars. Walther’s Milwaukee Road Super Dome, and Kato CB&Q Business Car.
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Surprise! While waiting for my Acela train to DC, I had an opportunity to explore Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary Train. I’m in love with the phase three heritage scheme. I cannot wait to chase this train when it hits California.
Onboard footage and runby footage of Amtrak Auto Train as it travels north from Sanford Florida to Lorton Virginia. Onboard footage recorded Summer 2009. Runby footage recorded in 2008. Highlights: 00:00 Sanford Auto Train Facility 00:44 Switching Autoracks for Auto Train 01:57 Auto Train moving through the facility 03:13 View of the New Station under construction 04:00 Amtrak Auto Train P052 at Benson Junction. Engines #161 & #196. 15 Superliners + 22 Autoracks = 37 cars total 05:47 Jacksonville Florida 06:21 Callahan Florida 06:43 Folkston Georgia 07:56 Fredericksburg Virginia 08:42 Lorton Virginia All rights reserved (C) Jared R. Davis Whistlepost Productions
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In the mid ’70s, Amtrak (unsatisfied with the E-60s just built by GE) looked to Europe for the design of their next electric locomotive. Two slightly modified units were brought over for a series of trials, a French CC 21000 class given number X996, and a Swedish Rc4, X995. These test unis soon aquierd the nicknames "The French Fry" and "The Swedish Meatball"
The Swedish design was judged the most favorable, and arrangments were soon made to manufacture simialr units under license. EMD had a previous association with the Swedish electrical corp. ASEA, when designing the 10,000hp freight motor, the GM10, and the two cooperated on the design of the new passenger motor, called the AEM-7 (ASEA, EMd – 7000hp)
These units were the first e-locs in the US to use silicon rectifiers (thyristors). All eralier types used motor-generators or Ignitron rectifiers.
Though the meatball nickname carried through to the production units, they also came to be known as "Toasters", because of their boxy shape, stainless steel construction, and the banks of hot resistors on the roof.