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Feb. 9, 2009 at 9:40am

Amtrak Sounder Locomotive never shuts off

and goes nowhere all weeekend

Walking about the Dome District over the weekend I learned Amtrack does not shut off the engines of the Sounder Train for the entire weekend.  From Friday night 7.44 PM until Monday morning 5 AM the locomotive idles. Apparently the engines are difficult to start. Please tell me, are we not technically more advanced than this?

comments [6]  |  posted under Amtrak, Sounder Train, Tacoma, Tacoma Environment


by Urban E on 2/9/2009 @ 2:25pm
This came up before and if I remember the answer is becasue of how difficult it would be to start the trains after sitting all night/weekend. I'm just giving you the short answer.

by ixia on 2/9/2009 @ 6:57pm
‘Difficult to start’ is an inadequate answer. A poor excuse to run diesel engines every weekend right in a neighborhood, air quality alerts or not. You bet this would not happen in the heart of Proctor, or 6th Ave.

by NineInchNachos on 2/9/2009 @ 8:53pm
those locomotives are worse than romulan warp engines. You cant just go shutting them off willie-nillie.

by Twisty on 2/9/2009 @ 9:12pm
It's more than just difficulty starting the engines. Even if the engine were shut off, it would have to be continually turned by an electric motor to prevent the crankshaft from bending under its own weight.

The Sounder locomotives are hardly unique in this regard. It's a common practice throughout the railroad industry.

by NineInchNachos on 2/9/2009 @ 9:23pm
If you want to save the environment, stop buying beef.

The Railroad is the least of our problems. The railroad is probably going to save america in the post-oil world.

by ixia on 2/10/2009 @ 8:25am
Wow, that's a clever design. Were they built in 1923? I wonder if they shut off the Apollo after landing on the moon.