XPT replacement thread 2019

 
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

CAF have added the NRF on to their website. Who knows maybe some manufacturing might be shifted to Australia because of Covid 19.

https://www.caf.net/en/productos-servicios/proyectos/proyecto-detalle.php?p=306

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  route14 Chief Commissioner

What's bi-mode about?  Diesel and overhead?
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
15 seconds with Google gives this fact sheet. Which says, in part:
Bi-mode is a diesel-electric hybrid which will allow the fleet to run on overhead power when operating on the electrified section of the train network. When operating outside of the electrified network, the train uses on-board Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs) to generate its own electricity.
NSW Trains
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Sorry, I can't access Google from where I am.
    Diesel engines on trains take a lot of diesel just to start.  If the train was in the suburban network for just a couple of hours is it really worth shutting down the diesel generator?
  RC6 Station Staff

Keep in mind the plan to cover the tracks at Sydney Terminal with office and apartment buildings. The bi-mode option enables the diesel engine to be shut down when the train is in densely populated areas thus lowering the pollution impact.
  Transtopic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Sorry, I can't access Google from where I am.
    Diesel engines on trains take a lot of diesel just to start.  If the train was in the suburban network for just a couple of hours is it really worth shutting down the diesel generator?
route14
Yes. Bear in mind that the electrified network covers an extensive area radiating out of Sydney with long term plans to extend it to Maitland, Bathurst and Goulburn.  The extension of electrification on the South Coast Line from Kiama to Bomaderry (Nowra) will be operated by the electric Intercity trains.  

There will be considerable cost savings for regional and interstate trains when operating on the electrified network compared with all diesel operation, particularly on the shorter regional routes.  It goes without saying that electric operation will be more environmental friendly.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Sorry, I can't access Google from where I am.
    Diesel engines on trains take a lot of diesel just to start.  If the train was in the suburban network for just a couple of hours is it really worth shutting down the diesel generator?
route14


Not the modern units in the new regional fleet. They may take a little extra fuel but not 2-3 hours worth of fuel and so yes it is worth shutting the diesel generator down. It is especially good for the environment at Central where there will no longer be diesel emissions from these trains while waiting. The electric trains are also much more efficient at climbing in and out of Sydney.

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