CSX remote switching platforms

chessie Jan 7, 2007

  1. chessie

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    A prior thread asked about photos about a specific unit, so I thought I'd start a thread with many photos. :)

    Harold
     
  2. chessie

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    It seems that CSX has two types of remote switching platforms.... some are former locos and some are converted from freight cars. The only ones I have caught are like flat cars...
     
  3. CB&Q Fan

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    I caught this one in Saint Denis Maryland this morning.
     

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  7. Flash Blackman

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    They look a lot more than "like" flat cars; they are flat cars! :D How can they supply any power without traction motors?
     
  8. chessie

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    All of the units have headlights, radio antennas, horns, flashing lights/beacons....
     
  9. chessie

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    I don't think they have any power... they have radio equipment to allow Remote Control operation from the gromnd by switching crews...
     
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  12. Flash Blackman

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    So they just receive the remote signals for the actual engine coupled to it. Otherwise, without the remote platform, the coupled engine is just a normal engine.

    In your picture, CSXT9173, the remote platform is just moving enroute in mid train and not coupled to a regular engine?
     
  13. chessie

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  14. chessie

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    Apparently, they can function as a regular freight car (in transit) OR they use the remote control to couple with ANY loco and become a remote controlled loco.
     
  15. chessie

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  16. Flash Blackman

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    Okay. I see with CSXT9473. Silly me. :embarassed:
     
  17. chessie

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    Not a problem..
     
  19. chessie

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    The units are generally hard to catch from public property as they work deep within many yards...
     
  20. Hytec

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    Harold, on your images, it appears that the units have MU control cables only at one end. I assume this would limit their usefulness by requiring that the attached locomotive always face in the opposite direction to show headlights and ditchlights. Or else the units would have to be turned if no locomotive was available that was facing in the "correct" direction.

    Do you (or anybody) have any info on this?
     

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