|Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 6):|
Push-pull operations. There are controls in the rear carriage that the driver uses to control the locomotive during return trips. It eliminates the need for a locomotive at each end.
Push-pull operations are very common in Europe, but I don't blame some of our European friends for not recognizing the push-pull operation in that Metrolink video or in your Amtrak Surfliner video. The reason is that in Europe, they often design cab cars with cabs that look identical or nearly identical to the cab of a locomotive. Sometimes they will design a cab car with a generic looking cab, but still is quite obvious that it is a cab.
Here's an example of a powerful Swiss Federal Railways (SBB CFF FFS) Re 460 electric locomotive in a push-pull operation with several IC
2000 double deck cars. In this case, it is pulling the train:
Here it is pushing the train:
Now here is the cab on the otherside:
As you can see, the cab on the cab car looks identical to the cab on the locomotive.
It's makes the train look more symmetrical.
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