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Date: 01/14/12 12:55
Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: mtgteam2

I have attached a few more images from Alaska

1. Rear DPUs at Girdwood, AK

2. Loaded coal train at Moose Pass, AK

3. Work train at Wasilla, AK








Date: 01/14/12 12:58
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: mmisin2

Spectacular. Excellent photos.



Date: 01/14/12 13:22
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: trainjunkie

Wow...just wow! More good stuff FK.



Date: 01/14/12 14:54
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: highgreengraphics

Very nice shots. Looks like still jointed rail everywhere, under those big motors ?? === === = === JLH



Date: 01/14/12 15:14
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: electromac

Alaska rr have any SD70ACes?



Date: 01/14/12 16:48
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: P

Stunning images!



Date: 01/14/12 17:43
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: DKay

electromac Wrote:
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> Alaska rr have any SD70ACes?


I think their last new loco order were the 70Mac,s ,but dont quote me on that.
Regards,DK



Date: 01/14/12 18:39
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: BNSF6400

electromac Wrote:
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> Alaska rr have any SD70ACes?

No...

Original order was for 16 SD70MAC's which were numbered 4001-4016. These were 4000 hp units with regular flat radiators.

Next order was for 8 SD70MAC's which were numbered 4317-4324. These were 4300 hp units with flared radiators and have a HEP system using a inverter that takes power normally sent to the rear truck to power the HEP system.

The last order was for 4 SD70MAC's which were numbered 4325-4328. These were purchased with grant money from the US Department of Defense (allowing ARR to better haul military unit trains), same specs as the second order.

My understanding is that Alaska is somehow exempt from the Tiers engine emissions requirements, which is why the last orders were MAC's and not ACE's.



Date: 01/14/12 18:52
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: BNSF6400

highgreengraphics Wrote:
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> Very nice shots. Looks like still jointed rail
> everywhere, under those big motors ?? === === =
> === JLH

The Alaska Railroad mainline is mostly 115 pound jointed rail on timber crossties. However, recently, the railroad has installed 115 pound welded rail on concrete crossties on busier segments and expanded capacity (new sidings, relocations, etc). Also until the early 2000's, the railroad was entirely operated via Track Warrant Control. The busy Wasilla-Anchorage corridor now has Centralized Traffic Control along with CTC islands at some passing sidings and at the junction with the branch to Whittier. The remaining sections converted to Direct Train Control around 2005.



Date: 01/14/12 18:54
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: RS11

Never get tired of viewing Alaska Railroad photos. Thanks for posting.



Date: 01/14/12 19:49
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: SD45X

How did you manage the last two old schemes? Great stuff as usual.



Date: 01/14/12 20:50
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: GRNDMND

Absolutely beautiful work. The first two are stunning, but I like the last one with the two old paint GP40's, and as SD45X pointed out, the last two on the sytem. I was impressed with the state, the people, the scenery and the ARR when I was there this past July.

KC



Date: 01/14/12 21:25
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: mtgteam2

Thanks for the kind words. There is CTC from S. Anchorage to Pittman and then again at the Hurricane siding. There is also an island at the junction to the Whittier branch which just opened this last fall. Lastly there are three original paint units left on the roster 3001-3003-3006.

Frank



Date: 01/15/12 01:41
Re: Alaska Railroad Part Two
Author: SantaFeRuss

mtgteam2 Wrote:
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Lastly there are three original
> paint units left on the roster 3001-3003-3006.
>
> Frank


I like that paint scheme the best. Nice photos!

SantaFeRuss



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