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    Default Metra acquiring SD70MACH's

    The Metra Board of Directors today approved a $70.9 million contract to purchase 15 remanufactured locomotives to begin to replace Metra’s aging fleet. The contract with Progress Rail Locomotives of La Grange includes options to buy up to 27 additional locomotives, if funding is available.

    “Our goals with this locomotive purchase are to increase reliability and improve the state of good repair on our system,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “These like-new locomotives will be replacing some of the oldest locomotives in our fleet, and we would expect to see a significant increase in reliability as these newer locomotives are introduced.”

    Progress Rail will take existing EMD SD70MAC freight locomotives and upgrade and configure them for passenger use. All components will either be refurbished, upgraded or new. The newly remanufactured locomotives will be designated as SD70MACH locomotives.

    https://metrarail.com/about-metra/ne...otive-purchase

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    What the....???
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    Who's selling off MACs already? They're not that old yet...are they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebnertra000 View Post
    Who's selling off MACs already? They're not that old yet...are they?
    They were built between '93 and '04.

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    '93? That's only a few years ago, right? Still brand new . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by conductorchris View Post
    '93? That's only a few years ago, right? Still brand new . . .
    26 years ago :P

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    Does Metra really need this kind of HP/Tractive power for commuter rail?
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    While they no don't 'need' that, they're undoubtedly going to be the cheapest option with more parts readily available than the aging F40s, with a better stability record than the MP series locomotives.
    And not having to wait for Amtrak and the others to fufil their orders for SC44 Chargers, and costing a LOT less.

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    It occurred to me before that F40's could be turned into rebuild ECO units like GP/SD 38/40's. But apparently Metra or EMD thought this was better or cheaper.
    Christopher

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