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Citirail Local

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:09 pm
by Hotbox
Sat Jul 8 there was an autorack train poised to proceed west at Brooklyn Ave on the Huntington District headed by a single Citirail locomotive. Making me suspect this must be a local. Citirail are leased units, is NS short on power to the point they've leased units for local service?

Re: Citirail Local

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:41 pm
by rrnut282
It's been used on mainline trains, too. I saw it a couple of weeks ago on a Northbound rack train.

Re: Citirail Local

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:57 pm
by Bob Durnell
NS is not leasing any extra power. Most likely this unit is paying back horsepower hours to NS for whichever RR, (likely BNSF) has leased it.

Re: Citirail Local

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:42 pm
by D.L.
:shock: I've seen a lot of leased power on NS lately, too.

Re: Citirail Local

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:25 pm
by Hotbox
Bob Durnell wrote: Most likely this unit is paying back horsepower hours to NS for whichever RR, (likely BNSF) has leased it.
Makes perfect sense, thankyou.

it does seem a little odd to me that an "hours payback" unit found it's way into local service.

Re: Citirail Local

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:41 pm
by Bob Durnell
Well, the best way to get horsepower payback is to USE the unit. If it was sitting at the pit waiting for work, why not use it? :)