Amtrak HHP-8s withdrawn

nathanmallard

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I have read that the last HHP-8 was withdrawn in November. Is this true? It seems odd to retire the entire class so suddenly, although they are few in number and rather non-standard I would have thought they would have lasted longer than the AEM-7s. I wonder if they plan to preserve one?
 
Yes its true. The last one retired 7th November 2014....idk whether one will be preserved or not though :/
But well...it wasnt a really reliable engine though. Amtrak had enough problems with them, it isnt really something new that they wanted to get rid of them ^^
 
I have read that the last HHP-8 was withdrawn in November. Is this true? It seems odd to retire the entire class so suddenly, although they are few in number and rather non-standard I would have thought they would have lasted longer than the AEM-7s. I wonder if they plan to preserve one?

Amtrak had tons of problems with them. They and the AEM-7s are being replaced completely by the ACS-64s.

peter
 
I really hope that they donate an AEM-7. The AEM-7 was an appropriate successor to the GG1, being able to go faster, 100 MPH for the GG1 vs. 125 MPH for the AEM-7. However, they aren't as powerful in horsepower, 5,790HP for the AEM-7 vs. 8,000HP for the GG1, and tractive effort, 53,924lbs for the AEM-7 vs. 65,500lbs for the GG1. But there should be one preserved.
 
From what I understand, and AEM-7 is going to be acquired by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
 
When something gets retired on the east coast, theres a chance of it going to the RRMofPA:hehe:

Seriously, that museum is AWESOME. They have the only remaining B1, A5, E7 They have a Baldwin diesel, or 2.
 
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