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Discussion in 'Diesel & Electric Traction' started by Victor, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. Victor

    Victor Resident of Nat Pres

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    Does anybody know if there are any Valenta engined HST power cars still running?
     
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    Not in service, they've all been replaced. However, the prototype power car is in running order, based at Ruddington.
     
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  4. Victor

    Victor Resident of Nat Pres

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    Thanks, I'll just have to keep playing the Youtube 'Valenta Sunset'. ;)
     
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    If you can secure a few Valenta engines for storage now, Presumably they could be retro fitted when the time comes for production power cars to be available to pres.
     
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    What was in/is now in the XPTs? One hit a car on a crossing earlier this week.
     
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    I believe that's the HST groups plan, someone did mention to me how many power units they have when 41001 visited the Mid Norfolk last year. They do have a few.
     
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    When I heard one pass me in WoyWoy a couple of years ago, it definitely wasn't Valenta powered.


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    VP185s the same as the East Midlands Trains fleet.
     
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    They have about a dozen Valentas in safe storage, all obtained during the reengineering programme a few years ago. I've never met them but that group appear to have the right ideas...

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    Genuine question................why were the Valentas dumped in favour of the MTU units?
     
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    Was it not emissions, and fuel consumption.
     
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    The Saggin' Dragon Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator Friend

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    Reliability?
     
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    I think age may have come into it too, running at 125mph day in day out for 30 odd years is bound to cause a bit of wear and tear.
     
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    [Quote : guycarr360 said:
    Was it not emissions, and fuel consumption.]
    All three from what I have heard.
    Also as the MTU units were more reliable that meant fewer spares needed, which then lowers costs.
    However much I liked the scream of valenta engined HST's, commuting into Paddington became much more reliable with the introduction of the MTU engined power cars.

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