SEPTA's New locos

There was a short piece, on NPR this morning about SEPTA's new electric locomotives.  In the report the present locos were mentioned.  They did not mention the AEM-7s by name, but I believe they are the ones being talked about.  Apparently the AEM-7 locos have been giving SEPTA alot of headaches.  I had always thought they were very reliable and quite powerful for their size.  Am I missing something ?   Before anyone points out the obvious void between my ears, let me be the first to acknowledge the fact.....LOL

Dan Padova

 

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Dan Padova posted:

There was a short piece, on NPR this morning about SEPTA's new electric locomotives.  In the report the present locos were mentioned.  They did not mention the AEM-7s by name, but I believe they are the ones being talked about.  Apparently the AEM-7 locos have been giving SEPTA alot of headaches.  I had always thought they were very reliable and quite powerful for their size.  Am I missing something ?  

Yes. The age of the AEM-7 electrics, is probably well past 30 years, and is the reason that Amtrak is replacing all of their AEM-7s.

Before anyone points out the obvious void between my ears, let me be the first to acknowledge the fact.....LOL

I must admit, however, that I have no clue what the "new locomotives" on SEPT are called, or when they began receiving them, i.e. they are NOT "AEM-7".

 

I'll have to see if I can dig up NPR the article, but Amtrak retired their AEM7's last year due to age and heavy mileage  Average service life was in the range of 35 years.  To put it in perspective the average service life of the GG1 was about 40 years.  Not a bad record.  Septa still has a few operational ones, but having been in commuter service with shorter distances between stop's I'm sure they are well past their prime even though they were purchased later than Amtrak's.  

The replacement Siemens ACS-64 is same locomotive powers all non-Acela Amtrak electric trains reliably.  At a 6,700 hp continuous rating and short term overload rating of 8,600 hp, these are pretty powerful motors.

Jonathan Peiffer

 

The 901 made it's first revenue trip on July 11, 2018:

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The (7) Septa AEM7's and lone ALP44 won't be running much longer now that the ACS-64's are being placed in service. Septa's electrics are only used on the long push-pull rush hour (Mon-Fri only) consists so they never see the same level of useage as the MU cars do so if properly maintained may not be that worn out. I'm sure age, reliability and parts availability are the real factors in replacing them with ACS-64 electrics.

Is there some sort of contract that the electric locomotives SEPTA uses are of a type Amtrak uses?  Who maintains them?  Amtrak or SEPTA?

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Dominic Mazoch posted:

Is there some sort of contract that the electric locomotives SEPTA uses are of a type Amtrak uses?  Who maintains them?  Amtrak or SEPTA?

Not many choices for new electrics out there that are FRA compliant in the USA these days. Generally speaking the commuter operations buy the same thing as Amtrak does or a variation of it (think NJ Transit's now gone ALP44 which was like an updated AEM7) as both SEPTA and MARC bought a few AEM7's. Why not as Amtrak and the manufacturer usually worked out most of the bugs first?

I believe SEPTA does their own maintenance at the Frazer facility (west of Paoli on the ex-PRR Main Line) but like MARC when heavy repairs/overhauls are needed they are probably sent to Amtrak's Wilmington, DE shops. NJT I believe does all their own maintenance/overhauls on their own electrics at the Meadowlands Maintenance Complex.

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