New locomotives

 
  muff558 Station Master

EMD

GE

Chinese

What is the future of tasmanian motive power ?

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  SP7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Tassie
GE all the way.  Or at least get rid of the 2 stroke EMD engines for 4 stroke.
  muff558 Station Master

Spot on
  TasrailTasmania Junior Train Controller

Location: Prospect Tas
I wish they spare engine motors for the ZC Class Locomotives
  SP7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Tassie
They do have numerous spare MK II's !

And Mk III's for that matter
  TasrailTasmania Junior Train Controller

Location: Prospect Tas
and also the ZA's and ZB's and DC4588 and the QR's
  muff558 Station Master

Cut all the ZC's up an the engines
  muff558 Station Master

Cut up all the ZC's an all there engines
  muff558 Station Master

Just keep all the Z,ZA,ZB get rid of all the GM's
  TasrailTasmania Junior Train Controller

Location: Prospect Tas
I wish DC4588 was still running
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Not to sure on the Chinese built stuff.

GE would be my liking. 4 stroke tech.
  TasrailTasmania Junior Train Controller

Location: Prospect Tas
The DQ's, QR's and DC4588 were since 1998 or 1999 I think
  TasrailTasmania Junior Train Controller

Location: Prospect Tas
I meen they have been her since 1998 or 1999
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Yeah but the DQs/QR's/DC are rebuilt from 1960's odd EMD products. They aren't new, still got the old 567/645 motors and generators.

The EEs are sort of the same, however some of them, are 70s built.
  SP7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Tassie
As long as what ever they buy is value for money,  are well built, reliable, meet current emission standards, have good manufacturer support / warranty

If they do buy new build locos one would hope they do there home work, these locomotives will be around a fair while so they need to last.  What we don't want is locomotives that are not suited to our future needs.

Well know cheap rubbish just costs more in the long term,  hello DQs - MKA's!

There are many good engine options around (look at the marine industry) and very good locomotive builders in Australia that provide good after sales support.
  TasrailTasmania Junior Train Controller

Location: Prospect Tas
Does Tassie still have 32 X class locomotives??? Question
  ZR2101 Junior Train Controller

Location: Between Latobe and Burnie one eye on the road the other on the train line.
No i believe that was how many was built there a a few in preservation societies like DRR, DVR and X1 at TTMS other than that scrapped i think with regard to new locomotives i believe the old saying you get what you pay for.
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Nah, only about 5 now days here in Tassie. 2 live in Victoria.
  TasrailTasmania Junior Train Controller

Location: Prospect Tas
The Y class

Y1 Burnie
Y2 DVR
Y3 Inveresk Launceston
Y4 TTMS
Y5 Burnie
Y6 DRR
Y7 (DV1) Devonport
Y8 DRR
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Ys are damn good shunters but, the ages is now caught up with them. Y1(2150 is now 49 years old. Heck Z1(2110) is 38 years old. The youngest of all locos, stored ZA6(2118) is 34 years old.

Wow, 34 years old since the last new built loco hit our shores. Even 34 years old for the very last new built GEC/EE loco in Australia.
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Oh and i've looked up to see what the NZR new DL class locos look like. Double cabbed and quiet weird looking.
  muff558 Station Master

Z1 is 39 years old
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Gee, THAT old. Still going strong. Perhaps, going out on a limb here, most successful EE built locomotives built in Australia, if not world.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Gee, THAT old. Still going strong. Perhaps, going out on a limb here, most successful EE built locomotives built in Australia, if not world.
"Z1NorthernProgress2110"


Australia yes. Probably square up with the British Class 37's for the world title.
  trainiac Chief Train Controller

The American products are basically off-the-shelf, mass produced and, maybe, less expensive (not so sure though...maybe just easier). Sort of like a Kia or Daewoo. I think there are better, more reliable and efficient engines and electrics available, just not in in an off-the-shelf package.

A thought that I've never been able to quite confirm is the possibility of retrofit electronic fuel injection and engine management kits for older engine types. I think companies like Woodward, Bosch, Regulateurs Europa could do this if enough units were involved. EE RK/V's and EMD 645E's modernised maybe?

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