As you might have noticed, there’s some new “stuff” from New Jersey popping up on Laughing Frog Images. I’m still processing and sorting out the vacation photos, and this little run of NJT and Amtrak is what you might look at as “low hanging fruit.” The day job has been really busy of late, so I’m making do with what I’ve got to work with.
I managed to catch NJT ALP-46A electric locomotives (4600 series numbers) and ALP-45DP dual mode diesel and electric locomotives (4500 series numbers) in some sweet late day sunlight, which has given me the chance to add to the NJT Gallery on Laughing Frog Images.
I haven’t been a good student of the NJT fleet, and when I saw the first 4500 roll by – I noticed that it only had one cab. Of course, that happened while a cloud was stealing my sun, so that shot didn’t make it to the gallery. I was starting to watch the clock, as the time for my train was drawing near. And I saw an ALP-46A. And then another one. And then – you guessed it, another one. And the clock kept ticking… The last train before mine was headed up by a 4500, and that image did make the gallery.
When I had some time to research the 4500s, below is what I found on the Bombardier website (the link follows as well if you want to look at some of the technical information that’s posted).
Dual power for all lines
New Jersey and Montréal: Two metropolitan regions, similar challenges. Only a few electrified tracks for passenger transport are integrated in a well-utilised freight transportation network with diesel traction: a heterogeneous infrastructure that often forces passengers to change trains.
To overcome such system limits and to markedly increase travelling comfort, both NJT and the Canadian Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT) utilise Bombardier’sALP-45DP. This modular locomotive combines the technology used in the bogies, the locomotive body and the propulsion of the ALP-46A. However, two further diesel engines are also integrated. Because the DP locomotive is used in push-pull operation with double-deck coaches, it also has a pantograph and driver’s cab.
So, while it was a brief wait at EWR for my train, it was an interesting one, as I managed to catch a new locomotive that quite frankly, I wasn’t even aware of!
Thanks for looking! Enjoy this brief look at how many folks in Jersey travel every work day. It has to be better than I-10 in Los Angeles County….