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Date: 04/30/21 04:44
Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: cozephyr

Amtrak's Acela train set with power cars 2100 and 2101 departed the Transportation Technology Center via Avondale, CO, on 29 April 2021 behind Amtrak 169, P42DC.  Train operated by Amtrak with BNSF pilot over the Pueblo Subdivision to La Junta, CO, where Amtrak took the train east towards Chicago, IL, about 1:30 PM 29 April.








Date: 04/30/21 04:47
Acela passed NA Junction, Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: cozephyr

Eastbound Amtrrak 169 with the Alstom built Acela train set passed NA Junction east of Boone, Colorado, 29 April 2021.  Track maintenance was being done by CWC Rail, LLC, guy on the Colorado Pacific RR Kiowa Subdivison (former Missouri Pacific Towner Line).

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Date: 04/30/21 05:13
Re: Acela passed NA Junction, Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: rrpreservation

Awesome stuff!!! Thank you for sharing your information and shots!!!



Date: 04/30/21 05:41
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: cutboy1958

Vert cool!!



Date: 04/30/21 05:55
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: bnsfsd70

Any updates on this move?  I heard that it made it onto the Topeka Sub last night around 23:30.

- Jeff Carlson



Date: 04/30/21 06:03
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: grlhughes

Not the best on appearance. That nose makes it look like a duckbill platypus or deranged woodpecker.lol



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/30/21 06:04 by grlhughes.



Date: 04/30/21 06:47
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: Spoony81

Past the LaPlata, MO Virtual Railfan webcam at 6:02 this morning and Fort Madison, IA cam at 8:15am.  Galesburg, IL  cam will be the next chance to see it

 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/30/21 07:03 by Spoony81.



Date: 04/30/21 07:10
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: ClubCar

After looking at this thing I have to wonder about the ride quality with only 4 wheels on each car and that they are permanently coupled together.  We'll have to wait and see how the public reacts to the ride quality.  I don't care for the engines either; however, this is progress so they say.
John in White Marsh, Maryland



Date: 04/30/21 07:19
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: rbenko

Agree on the looks (or lack thereof) - been commented on many times, and I'm sure the comments will continue far into the future.

As for the ride quality, I would expect it to be fine - Talgo equipment has a similar two axles per car (albeit a different configuration), and they ride quite nicely, even over rough track.



Date: 04/30/21 07:39
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: joemvcnj

Paint scheme on the coaches is bland and looks like Britrail or B&O up through the 1970's.



Date: 04/30/21 07:58
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: Spoony81

Passed the Galesburg railcam at 9:56



Date: 04/30/21 08:19
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: RodneyZona

Noticed there are no engine numbers and car numbers on these new cars and engines,



Date: 04/30/21 09:19
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: pennengineer

rbenko Wrote:
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> Agree on the looks (or lack thereof) - been
> commented on many times, and I'm sure the comments
> will continue far into the future.
>
> As for the ride quality, I would expect it to be
> fine - Talgo equipment has a similar two axles per
> car (albeit a different configuration), and they
> ride quite nicely, even over rough track.

Not quite. While both are articulated, Talgo has a single “wheelset” (actually, two wheels independent of each other) located directly under the articulation point between the coaches, whereas the new Acelas have a Jacob’s Bogie ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobs_bogie ) under each articulation joint, which means two wheelsets with physical axles between the coaches rather than one wheelset without an axle. The result, twice as many wheels per coach as compared with Talgo while retaining the advantages of both trucks (better absorption of both vertical and lateral forces) as well as articulation.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 04/30/21 10:40
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: inCHI

Just passed "MH Tower" (in Chicago) toward Chicago Union Station at 12:38



Date: 04/30/21 14:05
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: march_hare

grlhughes Wrote:
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> Not the best on appearance. That nose makes it
> look like a duckbill platypus or deranged
> woodpecker.lol

A good paint job could make that thing look like an aardvark. 



Date: 04/30/21 15:36
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: Lurch_in_ABQ

New Acela's nose owes design credit to Matt Groening's Simpson family characters.
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?4,5071397,5071433#msg-5071433
 




Date: 04/30/21 18:12
Re: Acela Departed Colorado 29 April 2021
Author: Cumbresfan

inCHI Wrote:
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> Just passed "MH Tower" (in Chicago) toward Chicago
> Union Station at 12:38

Obviously not the same set that was at the Biden announcement in Philly. That one had less advertising but an American flag forward of the engineer's cab door.



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