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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday December 06 2017, @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.

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.

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.

"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.
4400 horsepower, top speed of 125, and meets EPA Tier VI emission standards.

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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Wednesday December 06 2017, @07:53PM (4 children)

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06 2017, @07:53PM (#606343) Journal

    It's ridiculous that it's cheaper to fly.

    No its not ridiculous. Its simple cost.

    Compare apples to oranges:

    Going by air (546 – 575 mph) means 3 to 5 hours in the air, treated like sardines, fed very little, but the punishment only lasts a few hours.

    Going by train (60 - 90 mph) means 4 to 5 days (depending on route), you will want a bed, restaurant meals, showers, and a bar.

    Explain how any of that should cost out the same?

    Compare like to like:
    Seattle to Portland: $129 by Air
    Seattle - Portland: 27 bucks by Amtrak

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  • (Score: 2) by Dr Spin on Wednesday December 06 2017, @08:24PM (3 children)

    by Dr Spin (5239) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @08:24PM (#606363)

    Or, going by train should be 250MPH, like the rest of the world, so that the journey would be same day, and, not having the security theatre, about the same over all time as a plane.

    Putting your data in the cloud is like sending your teenage daughter backpacking in a 3rd world country with a pimp
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:17PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:17PM (#606412)

      Nowhere in the world are they going even within a factor of 2 of 250 MPH.

      • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday December 06 2017, @10:05PM

        by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @10:05PM (#606435)

        The 250mph thing is a bit of a stretch, but the Shinkansen [] regularly goes 150-200mph, has been tested up to 275, and hit a world record of 375mph with a maglev train.

        Even in the US, the regular Amtrak hits a peak speed of 125mph, and 150mph on the Acela Express, so your claim is outright wrong.

      • (Score: 2) by Aiwendil on Wednesday December 06 2017, @10:55PM

        by Aiwendil (531) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @10:55PM (#606462) Journal

        In the french TGV-network 300kph (186mph) is the common max speed (has been at least 260kph/161mph since the early 80s) and TGV often hits is max speed while in service.

        The Amsterdam-Brussels is a 300kph(186mph) stretch, and so is the Paris-Brussels (this once since the 90s it seems).

        Those are electrical trains of the highspeed variety that is most common in western europe - so I'd say they manage within a factor of 1.5.