Question by : Is it true that the Chinese company that makes electric bullet trains is a state company and thus cannot be?
taken over by foreign investors like GM can be?
Answer by Daniel Sepulveda
GM could potentially buy out any Chinese company, but they would have to buy direct from the Chinese Government.
China is a communist country, which means that the Government owns pretty much everything, from bullet train manufacturers to dairies to shoe shops.
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Question by iatesoup: How come Amtrak North East Corridor trains cannot use GE Genesis to travel south of Penn Station?
Whenever I notice a long distance train, such as the Carolinian or the Crescent, how come their journey starts out with an electric train and then changes cabs to a GE Genesis at D.C. How come the whole entire route use the GE Genesis the whole route since they are capable of third rail power.
How come GE Genesis trains are only used on the Empire route whenever they are departing from Penn Station?
Answer by thddspc
The Northeast Corridor is electrified with overhead catenary. By using catenary electric locos like the AEM-7/ALP44, HHP-8 and Acela, Amtrak cuts down on diesel emissions and noise through the densely populated NEC corridor.
Not all Genesis locomotives can use third-rail power. The majority of Amtrak’s Genesis fleet are the P42DC, and they cannot use third rail (P42DC is diesel only).
Amtrak only has 20 or so P32AC-DMs, which are the version of the Genesis locos that are third-rail equipped. These are used on trains that run in New York State because diesel power is not allowed in New York tunnels. They can operate anywhere in North America, but Amtrak wants to keep those in New York where they are absolutely required.
The only place on Amtrak’s routes that are third-rail-equipped is in New York.. Nowhere else in Amtrak’s national system do they use 3rd rail (including the NEC, which is overhead catenary only).
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Question by Das Vas: I cannot get my 1976 bachmann HO style model train to work it tries to go but will not take off?
I am wondering if I should clean the tracks or just buy a new one.. I would hate 2 do that.
Answer by John
There are many reasons why a model engine does not work especially on a model railway which has not been used for a while.
The first thing to do is to ensure that there is power at the rails and this can be done by using a small 12volt test lamp or test meter. You do of course have to turn on the controller. On more complicated tracks it is best to connect where the power leads connect to the tracks as some sections may be switched of due to the way points(switches) are set.
The locomotive my fail for many minor reasons and it will usually be necessary to remove the powered chassis from the engine or tender.
Things to check are continuity from the wheels to the brush gear. This may be more difficult on engines fitted with DCC as you will have so many connections to play with and indiscriminate
use of the test meter may damage the DCC chip.
It is possible that if you repeat your question giving the description of the model involved that some one can give specific instructions.
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