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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday December 06, @06:24AM   Printer-friendly
from the quite-the-charge(r) dept.

Siemens SC-44 Charger seen rolled out across country to replace some older locomotives for corridor work.

https://seattle.curbed.com/2017/11/20/16683002/amtrak-cascades-new-train-model

The new Siemens Charger locomotives, with 16-cylinder, 4,400-horsepower engines, are both lighter and quieter, and meet EPA emission standards. The trains will travel the same speed as before—79 miles per hour—but they'll reach the top speed faster.

http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2017/11/16/plenty-of-horne-amtrak-rolls-out-new-locomotives/

The new locomotives can also take you to from Chicago to Detroit, or Chicago to St. Louis, for example, and they can do it using one-third the fuel, emitting one-tenth the pollution, and at speeds up to 125 miles per hour. (The Chicago-St. Louis route has been cut from 5-1/2 hours to 4-1/2 hours thanks to the new engines and track improvements.

http://thesouthern.com/news/local/communities/carbondale/amtrak-showcases-features-of-new-locomotives/article_6c9b8d54-62a6-51f6-a818-ca2fed76c033.html

"A lot of our customers care about the earth and about pollution, and these are so much cleaner to operate, and they're better for our partners at IDOT and the customers because they're going to cost less to operate in that they get better mileage," said Marc Magliari, Amtrak spokesman.

Just saw one while I was out for a cigar and thought it was pretty cool, I figure others might find it interesting as well. I have been taking my kids to go watch them do trackwork on the north-south line in Oregon and was wondering why they were so extensive in replacing all of the old ties. Although the speed limit is 79 I wonder if this will be increased with updated track and new locomotives. Here is hoping someone models it soon so I can waste money.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_Charger
4400 horsepower, top speed of 125, and meets EPA Tier VI emission standards.


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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @09:10AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @09:10AM (#606047)

    Please, do not post .m.wikipedia links. Mobile users are automatically redirected from the normal to the mobile site (according to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] — I don't currently have a mobile device to test it), but desktop users are not redirected to the desktop site.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @09:30AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @09:30AM (#606052)

    It used to be that I could just browse the web on my Android phone.

    Then Chrome started being sent to feature-limited versions of web sites. For example, Google maps has a limited interface. I switched to Firefox.

    Now even Firefox gets sent to the feature-limited versions of web sites.

    • (Score: 2) by Aiwendil on Wednesday December 06, @10:13AM (1 child)

      by Aiwendil (531) on Wednesday December 06, @10:13AM (#606063) Journal

      Chrome - settings/three-dots - request desktop version (or whatever it is called, it is a checkbox, the annoying chrome refuses me to set it to any other language than the system language of my android phone). Well-designed pages will not redirect to mobile version when this is set - be aware of data usage if that matters.

      • (Score: 2) by frojack on Wednesday December 06, @07:25PM

        by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @07:25PM (#606311) Journal

        Well-designed pages will not redirect to mobile version

        But there's the problem right there.

        What page you get is solely under the control of the server. And after spending all that money to make a mobile page, the vast majority of sites simply foist it on you with no regard to your choice. You want to get around that you often need to take control of your user agent string, and most mobile browsers do not allow this.

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  • (Score: 2) by martyb on Wednesday December 06, @07:50PM

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @07:50PM (#606336) Journal

    Please, do not post .m.wikipedia links. Mobile users are automatically redirected from the normal to the mobile site (according to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] [wikipedia.org] — I don't currently have a mobile device to test it), but desktop users are not redirected to the desktop site.

    Fixed. (Many thanks for letting us know... and so politely, too! Much appreciated!)

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