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Locomotive 98 and 99

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Metra can't even get information correct on its own web/Facebook page.

"Lookin' fresh! We got a preview today of an F59PHI locomotive in Metra colors"

Not quite Metra Colors. More like a 3rd paint scheme...and even then, it's not consistent

with all of the so called new stuff. It is all being rushed because they want the stuff out

as soon as possible. Apparently they are not even sending them to KYD for painting,

they are using rollers and decals at Western Avenue. They claim that new locos would

cost $3 million each and that they are saving $2 million on the cost of each loco. But what

they forgot to figure is:

- The paint

- Reconfiguring the HEP system

- Reconfiguring the braking systems

- Reconfiguring the cable set up.

- adding PTC garbage

When it is all said and done, they probably could have had 15 (instead of 24) new engines complete

with warranties and the such for about the same money being spent. There will be problems with these,

hopefully not as bad as the F59PHs (97, 98, 99) that spend as much time in the shop as on the road.

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1 hour ago, trainman8119 said:

adding PTC garbage

Metra would have had to pay for that, one way or another.

Metra previously claimed that the only savings was getting a fairly recently rehabbed Amtrak compared to rehabbing some of the Metra locomotives that hadn't been rehabbed. New locos are a reference only to the extent that Metra is crying for a state capital program (as noted here).

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18 hours ago, Busjack said:

Metra would have had to pay for that, one way or another.

Metra previously claimed that the only savings was getting a fairly recently rehabbed Amtrak compared to rehabbing some of the Metra locomotives that hadn't been rehabbed. New locos are a reference only to the extent that Metra is crying for a state capital program (as noted here).

If metra got the funds they wanted to buy new locomotives.. which kind would they get? Would be nice to see some Siemens chargers on the line. What are your thoughts on this?

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42 minutes ago, richii0909 said:

If metra got the funds they wanted to buy new locomotives.. which kind would they get?

Whatever would be the lowest responsible bid in response to the RFP.

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