Anyone know what the Ocean and Canadian usually run? I know summer is longer and winter is shorter.
The Canadian can be anywhere from 7 to 30 cars of 7 different configurations.
The length of the Ocean is a bit less variable due to the design of the Renaissance equipment, but it's usually about 14-ish cars.
I was surprised to see a train with locos on both ends, pass over me as I was walking under the tracks the other day.
Why use 2 locos and 5 coaches, if they can run 1 loco with 6 coaches? Is it for improved acceleration? I assumed it was some break-in thing ...
Is it so they don't have to turn the engine? And if so ... wouldn't some cab cars be a better deal?
The top-and-tail trainsets are used on cycles that are set up to have less turn-around time at various stations. Otherwise they would need to turn the entire train, which depending on the location can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
As for cab cars - of course they would be better. And with what funding would they have purchased them from?
The 6-speed ZF gearbox used in the Nippon-Sharyo DMUs used on the UPX is capable of operating at 140mph when coupled to the Cummins QSK-19 engine - which is also used on the UPX sets. Operationally, the trains are limited to 90mph, but have been tested at greater than that.