You guys are clueless.
That is the new top-secret Chelmsford Anti-Missile Mobile Defense radar tracking unit.
It is coupled to a "normal" AMTRAK engine, and the Prius Hybrid prime mover only powers the on-board electronics via a specialized socket arrangement, but can be called on to assist tractive effort if needs be with it's super-secret 14.5:1 gear ratios and flywheels.
Switches are provided for the operator to redirect power.
Small battery packs are used in "dark" territory, or in case of momentary power failure, to keep the radar tracking.
It is shown with the top cover off while the ground forces contemplate how to upgrade the current handling capabilities of the socket, and to lock several axles (which axles is classified) to improve tracking, as the unit tended to "hunt" at speed.
The roll-up door in the side is the new non-proprietary access for the secret socket assembly.
Next the crews will address the handrails by the doors, which seem to have some impact on full opening of said doors.
NPCU's 90200-90218-90219-90222-90225 are covering these same runs. All
are in Phase 3 paint. I suspect that these units have the GPS based
equipment needed to run at "high speed" on the Amtrak owned line through
Southwestern Lower Michigan. http://www.thedieselshop.us/AMTRAK.HTML
I've heard that this "locomotive" (cab-baggage F40 #90225) will be used for a series of live telecasts from the Empire Builder for Good Morning America. The domes are the satellite links for the live broadcasts. It was recently modified at Beech Grove. http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?4,1745594
Dave, I know AstroTrain is Deceptacon. the is 2 thing about Deceptacon-AstroTrain tranformer. he can do switch into robot Steam locomotive and he can switch into space shuttle. what you think? he bad guy? i wish be be good guy into Autobot group with 2 special weapon from contra-rotating antennas on the roof which can be used as auto-cannons. Maybe if someone came up with that, THEN I would work up te 1:29 scale model. Hehehe
They were talking about the trip on GMA this morning. Looks like they'll strat on Monday the 15th. Sam champion gave a nice tour of what I think was an old Pensy club car or coach (one with the back porch). Very nicely restored.