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National Railway Historical Society

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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 04/18/2004

Amtrak 30th Street Station Philadelphia PA April 16 2004

Colorado Railcar's DMU demonstrator visited Philadelphia on Friday April 16 2004. After demonstration runs in western and central Pennsylvania earlier in the week, the DMU came in on Amtrak train 608 for a short stay at 30th Street Station before heading to Atlantic City NJ and the American Public Transportation Association conference this weekend. Chapter members Sam James, Frank Weer, Phil Klaus, Rodger Frederick, John Pawson, Shelia Dorr, Bill Faltermayer, Charlie Van Reed, Howard Bender, Al Gaus and myself were in attendance. Thanks to VP of Sales Thomas Janaky for the opportunity to tour the car.

CRMX 2002 on display at 30th Street Station. The mechanicals are off-the-shelf components for ease of maintenance and availability. It is powered by 2 600 hp engines and is fully compliant with the new FRA structural requirements, which means it is able to run on lines with freight service (can you say Schuykill Valley Metro?).
This demonstrator, which was purchased by Tri-Rail (now known as South Florida Regional Transportation Authority) and will return to service there after the tour, was originally built to Alaskan Railroad specs to replace its aging fleet of RDC's. It features the windows found on the Ultra Dome tourist cars , but can also be built with smaller more conventional windows.
The controls are modeled after those of EMD's SD70 so that Alaskan Railroad engineers would feel right at home. The car was designed for one person operation.
All pictures April 16 2004 c. 2004 John P Almeida
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