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    BYD "E-Bus"

    Thought I'd share this link. It was only a matter of time until the same cybersecurity and trade complaints being hurtled at CRRC by various US politicians also hit BYD. However, BYD has been spared (at least for the time being) by good old fashion American interest group politics. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy managed to get "bus manufacturers" removed from a bill that would have blocked federal funding for transit vehicles built by Chinese companies. McCarthy's intervention is significant because BYD's bus factory is located in his California district. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/despite-national-security-concerns-gop-leader-mccarthy-blocked-bipartisan-bid-to-limit-chinas-role-in-us-transit/2019/05/21/24bb0f72-7813-11e9-b7ae-390de4259661_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.44fee1c76faf

    WMATA Washington

    A few Metrorail updates: WMATA has pulled all 3000 Series trains (274 active cars) from service after a door opened on a moving Orange Line train. https://wamu.org/story/19/05/21/door-malfunction-prompts-metro-to-pull-3000-series-trains-from-service/ There are now about 650 7000s in service, and it looks like the rest will be delivered by the end of the year. The current three contenders for the 8000 Series contract appear to be Alstom, Hyundai Rotem, and CRRC. However, due to cybersecurity concerns, CRRC may be at a disadvantage (I for one hope they don't win). We'll see what happens... https://wamu.org/story/19/04/15/senators-threaten-to-withhold-federal-funding-if-wmata-buys-chinese-railcars/ I doubt the XD40s will end up in Virginia, but who knows... WMATA is apparently planning to replace the 30 ft Orion VII CNGs with 40 ft buses (2020 NFI XN40s). Seems like they are moving away from shorter buses (like other large transit authorities). Then again, there are very few (if any) routes that cannot handle 40 ft buses.

    CP Power

    I had heard about the 2 UPs on another forum, but didn't know their numbers. Thanks for the info. It seems a little odd that CP plans to scrap the CSX AC44s (given that they could be put through a rebuild), but in the end of the day these sorts of decisions usually come down to what makes the most sense economically.

    CP Power

    I wouldn't say that these modernization programs improve emissions "greatly". Tier 0 to Tier 0+ or Tier 1 isn't that big of a difference in the grand scheme of things (although I suppose its better than nothing). The only ambitious modernization program I have heard of (from the emissions side of things) is the upcoming Metra SD70MACH project, which will upgrade Tier 0 locos to Tier 3. Also, speaking of rebuilds, CP has started shipping more SD90MACs (that were not in the previous batch of 30) south to the US. Its sounds as though they are going to have the rest of these units rebuilt by Progress Rail. CP also purchased 4 AC4400CWs from CSX, all with various types of damage, that will presumably be used as rebuild cores in the future.

    Future TTC Bus Orders

    The Xcelsiors already have an "artificial noisemaker" at the back of the bus. Its called the rear HVAC. In addition to that, the AC electric motors used in E-buses aren't exactly silent. Besides, most transit bus riders are not enthusiasts like us who constantly pay attention to every aspect of the vehicle they are traveling in.

    Williamsburg Area Transit Authority

    WATA is getting some New Flyer XD40s (just two I believe), which will apparently be in service by the end of August.

    General WTF Moments

    I've been hearing the buzzing of a prop plane over my neighborhood in DC for the past few days. I finally got a zoom lens out, and determined that the mystery plane is an FBI Cessna (182 or 206) that is used for surveillance. Let's hope the men in black don't come for me... ­čśâ

    GO Transit

    I've seen two trains this past week with a solo T4 MP40 (pictured below is 673, and I saw 674 yesterday). Does GO have a minimum number of miles that each of these units must run before they are allowed to run solo?

    WMATA Washington

    WMATA has put 24 Orion VII CNGs up for sale at public auction (all are in scrap condition, with many parts missing).
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    What are you eating right now?

    My dinner tonight was a Chipotle steak burrito, which I ate while watching NS trains at Altoona, PA. Certainly an improvement over several straight months of dorm food.
  11. 9008 and 9009 are in the new livery at Hillcrest. There were a couple of others I couldn't make out as well.
  12. According to Railway Gazette, EXO has ordered an additional 20 CRRC cars, so the order now comprises 8 cabs and 36 coaches. The rendering is interesting (the cab looks a lot like the BBD CEM Bilevel design). https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/montreal-increases-crrc-coach-order.html?fbclid=IwAR3jChRN3RYuGGsv4iuvPUzXYx-iHjR4DOKcjyuCcsSpevj7eJyyFkId01I
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    WMATA Washington

    Believe me, those things breaking down is nothing new! I think its too early to judge whether the decision to outsource was a bad idea in this case (although I do remain sort of skeptical).
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    Bombardier Flexity Deliveries

    4541 was delivered by a local freight to Lambton Yard this evening.
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    WMATA Washington

    I am hearing that Landover and/or Montgomery could get the XD40s, but time will tell. It sucks how they ordered them with windows that don't open! They've got deliveries into at least the high 3230s. 3235 crashed into a ditch on I70 while it was being delivered, so it will probably need some work before entering service. The 2008 NABIs have not yet been retired, but they are all stored (and could be brought back into service if necessary). There are a wide variety of rumors going around about what's wrong with them, but I won't speculate as to what the actual reason may be.
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    CP Power

    CP is apparently putting some older 4 axle EMDs up for sale.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    If you wanted to divert all of CN's traffic onto the CP Belleville Subdivision (as the poster above suggested), an additional one to two tracks would probably have to be added (depending on the location) to handle the increased freight traffic. And as for the grade crossings, doesn't Transport Canada have a 110 mph speed restriction on lines that aren't fully grade separated? Now I'll grant you 110 is better than the status quo, but the new trains could potentially go 125 without crossings. I do agree that the current proposal to rebuild the old Ontario and Quebec route is kind of strange, but VIA seems to think otherwise. The idea of rerouting VIA onto the Belleville sub is interesting (although it would probably mean skipping over Kingston and Brockville on runs to Ottawa). I still think the biggest obstacle to these plans is convincing freight RRs to give up large portions of track.
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    VIA Rail Canada

    Easier said than done. Adding at least two additional tracks to the entire CP route would not be a cheap endeavor. Plus, you'd still have all of the old legacy infrastructure along the CN route (like grade crossings) that would need to be upgraded for true high speed service. And that's just assuming the private freight RRs would be ok with this plan (but realistically, look at how far the Toronto freight bypass proposal has come, for example).
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    Ontario Northland Railway

    So I heard on another forum that ONR will be taking delivery of two ex Amtrak F40s that have been converted to cab/generator cars. Does anyone have more information about what these are intended for?
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    2019 Tim Hortons RRRoll Up the Rim to Win

    Today was the first time I ever rolled up the rim, and I won a coffee (which I don't even drink).
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    Prince George's County Transit, MD

    Yep 2012 was the last time. I'd assume the days of the remaining Thomas units are numbered (if they aren't already OOS). Not sure if this will effect the Phantoms.
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    Boeing 737 MAX

    I'm not saying the ban will be lifted the second the update is released, but Boeing will probably use it to petition the regulatory authorities. I actually won't be terribly surprised if the MAX grounding lasts for several months (like what happened to the 787 in 2013).
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    Boeing 737 MAX

    I wouldn't be worried about your upcoming flight (which is months off anyway), because they'll just substitute another plane. Boeing is supposed to be working on a software update to the MCAS system that should be released next month (which could potentially end the groundings).
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    Prince George's County Transit, MD

    Since there now a topic for PG County, I thought I'd mention that photos have surfaced of a brand new 35' Diesel ElDorado Axess BRT (63014) in The Bus colors. I haven't yet found out how many were ordered.
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    Boeing 737 MAX

    While neither incident happened in Western countries, the concern about the MCAS system applies to all 737 MAXs. Lion Air (like other Asian low fare carriers) does have a somewhat sketchy reputation when it comes to safety. After all, why didn't they pull the doomed plane from service after the previous crew had reported a problem? Ethiopian on the other hand has a pretty good safety reputation when compared to most other African carriers. What I can't speak for is whether MAX pilots working for airlines in the developing have received as much training about MCAS and the other new systems on these planes as those from Western countries.