My Latest Adventure For Cleaner Air And Taking The Train. (With Pictures)


By Noel T. Braymer.

The first Metrolink EMD F125 Tier 4 locomotive on display at LAUS Track 14 on October 5, 2017 Photos all by Noel T. Braymer

October 5th was when Metrolink introduced to the media its first certified Tier 4 low emission locomotive built by Electro-Motive Diesel Inc or known to most people EMD. It is no longer owned by General Motors, but is now part of Caterpillar Inc. Metrolink has ordered 40 EMD F125 locomotives which will be put into service over the course of the coming months. This first locomotive will be in regular passenger service later this October.These locomotives have been parked near  Los Angeles Union Station for a while now. But they must be fine tuned to reach their clean air standards which includes use of low sulfur diesel fuel. These new locomotives will replace many of the existing 55 locomotives used by Metrolink…

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Serendipity - Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

At my ripe oldish age, we should not be required to be elastic. We are supposed to — and every television show agrees with me on this — sit in rocking chairs and rant about the good old days, even if they weren’t all that good. Complain about the music. Fail to grasp anything more complicated than the phonograph we used in the 1970s. Reject anything technological or unfamiliar. That’s what old people do, right?

This didn’t happen for us. I am every bit as up-to-date with technology as anyone in my family … and more than most. I still don’t like cell phones. That isn’t a rejection of the technology. I just don’t like the tiny keys which don’t fit my fat fingers or the crappy sound quality that makes every voice sound like it’s coming from an old tin can attached by string to another can somewhere…

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