ATSF100, EMD GP60M, Phase IIc1: Freight Train, TOFC; May 1990
Image by San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Description: ATSF100, EMD GP60M, Phase IIc1: Freight Train, TOFC; May 1990
Copyright: Brenda M. Bailey
Object ID: BMBSlides_05136
Repository: San Diego Model Railroad Museum Library
Well it took three days where I worked for about 1-2 hours a night rather than one whole evening of work as I had originally planned but I ran out of supplies and had to wait one day to get to AA Hobbies, the hobby shop in Warwick, RI and get what I needed to complete my project. The final video PHASE III will be done over the next week when I take the time to get to it and test all the track out with the engines. So before Phase III video you will see a video of trains going around the layout after I work out any bugs that I may come upon.
A speedy, time-lapse trip through the disputed rail right-of-way for Metro’s Expo line – currently being built from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Starting about 6 blocks West of Robertson & Venice through West LA to the corner of Pico & Sawtelle! Yes, no kidding – this is West LA and it was shot on July 10 & 11, 2010. The homeowners around this part of the line (Cheviot Hills) are annoyed because a train is coming, so they decided to sue the city to stop it claiming it’s not “safe.” You be the judge – a massively wide right-of-way sitting unused and tunnels & bridges already in place from the last streetcar line we had here! Let’s hope these NIMBYs lose and the city wins. I made this film with a home brew steadycam, a Panasonic Lumix TZ-10 camera, Apple’s iMovie and a lot of walking. 😉 Please subscribe if you want to get notified of the next video update. For more info on the Expo line, see www.buildexpo.org
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Question by Pope Bend-A-Dick: Will the U.S. phase out commuter trains that use diesel and switch to electric trains in the future?
I noticed how all the commuter trains here in Massachusetts use diesel engines. Will they switch to overhead lines in the not so distant future?
Answer by dieterzakas
Electrification is enormously expensive, to the extent that it’s only used on high-density lines. In this time of tight money, even transit agencies are suffering; any substantial capital undertaking would have to go before the state legislature, and to raise the money would mean issuing debt in the form of bonds. Given that paying these bonds would mean increased taxes, the taxpayers would effectively say, “No dice.”
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