Monday, July 2, 2012

New Engines

Hello Everyone, A couple of quick notes before I talk about the new engines in the game. Over the last few weeks the game was plagued by a couple of problems. First we had a lot of issues with overdue trains, then we began having a lot of performance issues. I have been working hard to address both issues, and each time I think I have the problems solved they seem to come back. I am not going to say whether or not they are fixed because every time I say they are fixed, they seem to come back.

The New Engines

GE AC4400CW

In Game Stats:
Cost: $1,300,000
Maximum Speed: 70
Maintenance Cost: $4/Mile

The GE AC4400CW is a 4,400 horsepower (3,300 kW) diesel-electric locomotive that was built by GE Transportation Systems between 1993 and 2004. It is similar to the Dash 9-44CW, but features AC traction motors instead of DC, with a separate inverter per motor. 2,598 examples of this locomotive were produced for North American railroads. As a result of more stringent emissions requirements that came into effect in the United States on January 1, 2005, the AC4400CW has been replaced by the GE ES44AC.
As of 2005, every Class I railroad with the exceptions of Norfolk Southern and Canadian National owns at least one AC4400CW. These units quickly gained a reputation as powerful freight haulers, especially in heavy-haul applications.
The AC4400CW was the first GE locomotive to offer an optional self-steering truck design, intended to increase adhesion and reduce wear on the railhead. This option was specified by Canadian Pacific, Cartier Railway, CSX, Ferromex, Ferrosur, and KCS.

Courtesy Wikipedia

EMD GP40

In Game Stats:
Cost: $850,000
Maximum Speed: 65
Maintenance Cost: $4/Mile


The EMD GP40 is a 4-axle diesel-electric road switcher locomotive built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division between November 1965 and December 1971. The locomotive's power is provided by an EMD 645E3 16-cylinder engine which generates 3,000 horsepower (2.2 MW).
The GP40 had a longer frame than the similar but less powerful GP35, and distinguished from it visually by having three full-sized radiator fans at the rear of the long hood, whereas the GP35 has two large fans and a smaller one in between. The difference in length is distinguished by the GP40 having one more handrail stanchion (ten) along the long hood than the GP35.[1]
1,187 GP40s were built for U.S. railroads, 16 were built for Canadian railroads, and 18 were built for Mexican railroads. Various passenger versions were also built.
In 1972, the GP40 was discontinued and replaced by the GP40-2, which has an improved electrical system and a few minor exterior cosmetic changes.

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