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Hanging new photos in my boys' room

September 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

JWB_170901_4963JWB_170901_4963Photos hanging in the boys' room: Zamboni in Arlington, streetcar in Rome, and Amtrak diesel locomotive in Washington. I decided I needed to hang some new photos in my boys' room. So, I asked my oldest son, who is now 4, what he would like. He said he wanted a Zamboni, an Italian streetcar, and an Amtrak diesel locomotive. I happen to have photos of all of those things.

Christmas ZamboniChristmas ZamboniA Zamboni (with a Christmas tree in the background) being used to prepare the ice at an outdoor ice skating rink in Arlington, Virginia. Italian StreetcarItalian StreetcarItalian streetcar in Rome, Italy. Amtrak #159Amtrak #159Amtrak locomotive #159 arriving at Union Station in Washington, DC.

Amtrak #159 is a GE P42DC, which is Amtrak's primary road diesel. The P42DC was introduced in 1996. It weighs 133.000 short tons (118.750 long tons; 120.656 t) and can travel up to 110 mph. Engine output is 3,550 horsepower.

The P42DC is part of the General Electric Genesis series of passenger locomotives produced by GE Transportation Systems for Amtrak, Metro-North, and Via Rail. There are a few unique things about the Genesis series of locomotives. First, they have a low height, allowing them to travel through low-profile tunnels in the Northeast Corridor. It is the only Amtrak diesel locomotive that meets the clearance or loading gauge requirements on every Amtrak route.

Second, they use a single, monocoque carbody design, thus making the locomotive lighter, more aerodynamic, and more duel efficient than its predecessors. However, this design makes it more costly and time-consuming to maintain and repair.

Finally, it is also a fully computerized locomotive that automatically controls all onboard functions, thus producing high reliability while keeping the maintenance requirements low.

GE Genesis, (last visited June 2, 2016).



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