NJT Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

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NJT Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

Postby therudycometh » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:22 pm

I've had a TON of questions about the M&E rebuilding NJT locomotives that were damaged in Hurricane Sandy - specifically requests for photos. I did take a bunch of photos during the project, but due to the ongoing problems at NJT due to the storm, I haven't posted anything yet. However, I've been working with the M&E management to make sure I had the proper permission to share some of my photos, and I have finally received permission now that the project is officially over. Here's a few shots of various NJT locomotives being repaired at the M&E shops between November 7, 2012 and January 25, 2013. Enjoy!

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Re: NJT Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

Postby blockline4180 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:55 pm

Good stuff Rudy, thanks!
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Re: NJT Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

Postby ccutler » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:37 pm

How many engines did you refurbish? How bad was the damage?
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Re: NJT Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

Postby therudycometh » Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:13 am

ccutler wrote:How many engines did you refurbish? How bad was the damage?


18 locomotives total, which were (in order):

NJT GP40PH-2 #4147
NJT GP40PH-2B #4201
NJT GP40PH-2B #4203
NJT MP20GP #1002
MNCW F40PH-3C #4908
MNCW F40PH-3C #4907
MNCW F40PH-3C #4913
MNCW F40PH-3C #4911
NJT GP40PH-2 #4146
NJT F40PH-2CAT #4124
MNCR GP40FH-2 #4903
NJT GP40PH-2B #4216
NJT MP20GP #1004
NJT GP40PH-2 #4105
NJT GP40PH-2B #4213
NJT GP40PH-2B #4219
NJT GP40PH-2 #4107
NJT F40PH-2CAT #4114

Damage was mostly confined to waterlogged traction motors and bearings - however, the bearings were completely shot due to salt water corrosion. We received a picture of a bearing after the traction motor rebuilders took apart one of the damaged traction motors... it looked like part of a ship that had been underwater for about 70 years.
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Re: NJT Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

Postby ns3010 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:19 pm

Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing!

And this goes without saying but a huge thank you to you and the rest of the guys over at the M&E for helping to get NJT back up and running! Without your hard work, who knows what kind of situation Transit, and thus, everyone that depends on it, would still be in right now. Thank you!
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Re: NJT Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

Postby NJTRailfan » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:34 pm

I heard the excellent job NJT did with repairing those locomotives. I hope that if there are anymore locomotives and passenger cars to be repaired that the contract will go to the M&E. Their guys are second to none when it comes to this sort of thing. Are there anymore equipment that must be repaired/rebuilt?
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Re: NJT Hurricane Sandy Rebuilds

Postby therudycometh » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:57 pm

NJTRailfan wrote:I heard the excellent job NJT did with repairing those locomotives. I hope that if there are anymore locomotives and passenger cars to be repaired that the contract will go to the M&E. Their guys are second to none when it comes to this sort of thing. Are there anymore equipment that must be repaired/rebuilt?

I think NJT has everything else under control. The M&E isn't supposed to be getting anything else, at least to my knowledge.
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