UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: New Amtrak ACS-64 602 Testing at West Haven & Southport, CT - 9/6 & 9/7/2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Amtrak ACS-64 602 Testing at West Haven & Southport, CT - 9/6 & 9/7/2013


 
Locations: West Haven and Southport, Connecticut
Host railroad: MTA Metro-North Railroad

What was going to be a Friday night just to see P&W CT-2 and FPCH with Mr. PWubs (previously Dash9CW) and Dan Delgado turned out to be an adrenaline-pumping evening of waiting to see Amtrak's newest electric locomotive, the ACS-64 run on the New Haven Line for the very first time. At 11:10 PM, test train 862 (Wilmington, DE to Boston, MA) went by with ACS-64 602, four Amfleet Is, and AEM-7AC 901 trailing. The following day (Saturday) was when the test train would head back to Wilmington. This time, I met up with MetroNorth2011 at Southport to see the test train go by at 4:25 PM as train 863. As 863 rounds the bend east of the station, Metro-North 6538 (GCT-NHV) arrives with a 12-car set of M8s.

Although I will greatly miss the AEM-7s, I believe the ACS-64s will only continue to prove that rail transportation is very efficient and that the Northeast Corridor is such a vital mainline. With that said, I hope you enjoy my video!

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