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Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Cab Ride – DVD

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Cab Ride Cab Ride – Washington DC to Philadelphia Pentrex is proud to present an exclusive look at Amtrak’s pride and joy, the Northeast Corridor. Produced with Amtrak’s cooperation, this video concludes our 3-part exploration of the electrified, heavily-trafficked south end of the line. Climb aboard AEM7 locomotive number 911 in Washington, DC for a cab ride to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the head of Metroliner Train 110. We’ll cover the entire route, often at speeds of 125 MPH! The big picture windows of the cab give you a clear view of what it’s like meeting passing trains at full throttle. With both trains doing 125 MPH, the closing speeds are an exciting 250 MPH! Amtrak’s constant maintenance and its manicured roadbed result in a smooth ride for the AEM7. You’ll be amazed as the Metroliner rolls trough a high-speed turnout at almost 70 MPH. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride in the cab of an AEM7 electric locomotive pulling Amtrak’s fastest trains, this is your opportunity to experience the thrill of it. Join us for a cab ride along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor!
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Cab Ride – PART 1

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to step back to the early 1990s to experience a cab ride on one of Amtrak’s fastest trains, this is your golden opportunity! Pentrex takes you into the cab of an AEM7 for a high-speed ride at the head of Metroliner Train 110 from Washington DC to Philadelphia along the electrified, heavily trafficked south end of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. The big picture windows of locomotive number 911 give you a clear view of what it’s like to meet trains at full throttle. With both trains doing 125 mph, the closing speeds are a thrilling 250 mph! Amtrak’s constant maintenance and its manicured roadbed result in a smooth ride for the AEM7. You’ll be amazed as the Metroliner rolls through a high-speed turnout at almost 70 mph. Produced with Amtrak’s cooperation in 1992, this video was released originally in VHS as part of a 3-volume tour of Amtrak’s pride and joy, the Northeast Corridor. Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

How come Amtrak North East Corridor trains cannot use GE Genesis to travel south of Penn Station?

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

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?

Best answer:

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).

Hope this helps.

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