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Training Day
updated: Jul 12, 2014, 10:25 AM

By John Wiley

Was it a "cabbage" that I spotted this Amtrak train pushing as I flew over? I was curious about the total mismatch of the paint scheme, so I looked it up. This former GM F40PH engine number 230 (now 90230) painted in the 1970s Cascades line scheme has had its guts ripped out, and now may serve as an Engineer cab & passenger baggage (aka cabbage) car on our Pacific Surfliner. Trainspotters: Is it a cabbage, or just a cab? Why don't they just put the engine that was at the back of this train, out in front to save the fuel needed to push this heavy former engine?

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