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@Fairmontrrmotors @ClarksonCote Thanks again. I worded my question poorly with "both" as I was wondering if some of the new locomotives were electric, and some were diesel electric.
I have actually been to Europe, and yes, coming back after that is depressing! I rode passenger rail from Berlin to Prague, back to Munich, and then out to Rome. The majority of it was all electric. Pretty amazing, and affordable to boot.
I still really wish we could electrify more of the main rail lines here, or at least get more affordable passenger rail service. I think if it were comparable to bus fares, you'd have many more people taking advantage of rail.
I would think freight companies would help pay for the electrification, and then it could stand a chance.
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@Fairmontrrmotors @ClarksonCote Thanks for the responses. So, back to my original question, are these new electric locomotives for their electric rail lines, or are they diesel electric, or some of each?
I understood the diesel electric nature of "non-electrified" rail which is why I was posing the question. I appreciate the response.
I recognize electric rail is expensive to fund, I just wish they'd find a way to do it. It seems like, in the long run, there'd be significant cost savings. Heck, wouldn't freight trains also want to take advantage of those improvements for those shared lines (and help fund/pay for)?
It is also a bit mind boggling to me how expensive it is to ride Amtrak from somewhere like Syracuse NY to NYC. I would expect a fair that is cheaper than a bus, not twice as much. I would also think lower fares would result in more ridership and maybe even more total revenue.
Maybe I'm naive though.
@The Beaglepokepromaster Not sure if you're referring to my comment/question, but my understanding is that many diesel engines are technically electrically driven with the diesel acting more like a generator. Hence my question.
I read these are "electric locomotives" Does that imply they're all using electricity to propel them instead of diesel or other fuel?
Is there any chance that Amtrak will expand their electric rail beyond current lines?