Final Customers - Boston Area

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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby mackdave » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:15 pm

Based on the trucks and open space where the original radiator lovers were, it look like it was built from a pre-1952 Alco S-2.

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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby bostontrainguy » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:54 pm

NYNE wrote:I took a trip over to Mary O'Malley State Park in Chelsea last week and saw a strange, old Alco switching the cement plant.
I cannot get the photo to post, so here is the link to my blog post: https://twentystates.blogspot.com/2017/ ... erett.html

The Internet tells me it was built in 1960 and was recently working in Kentucky. I don't anything more about it. I was hoping someone here might? Thanks.


That is one interesting picture. The orange round tank and that graffiti is incredible too! So there is no cab? Weird animal you found.
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby TomNelligan » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:35 pm

Poor blind thing...
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby GP40MC1118 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:48 am

From my roster notes:

AARX 101218 GE/Alco

Note 1: G.E. rebuild of an unknown Alco S-type switcher into a remote control slug. Has operator cabs on
both ends in the stairwells. Has no cab.
Unit came from the Sunny Knot Coal Mine (Lackey, Kentucky). Moved under AARX reporting marks.
Delivered 6/28/17 via CSX B721-28.

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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby NYNE » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:21 pm

GP40MC1118 wrote:From my roster notes:

AARX 101218 GE/Alco

Note 1: G.E. rebuild of an unknown Alco S-type switcher into a remote control slug. Has operator cabs on
both ends in the stairwells. Has no cab.
Unit came from the Sunny Knot Coal Mine (Lackey, Kentucky). Moved under AARX reporting marks.
Delivered 6/28/17 via CSX B721-28.

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Thanks Geep, great information.
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby tom18287 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:23 pm

so is that pan ams or cement companies?
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby Backshophoss » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:46 pm

Industry owned remote controlled switcher.
PAR would not be able to maintain an Alco prime mover,they would KILL it/scrap it.
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby rb » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:18 pm

How did that get in there without anyone noticing?! The cement terminal must be doing serious volume.
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby GP40MC1118 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:15 pm

It got proper notice when it finally got out of Willard in Ohio. There is some You Tube video
of it in transit on B721.

Ciment Quebec always wanted there own switcher, so they could do more respotting cars that PAR
could not provide on a consistent basis.

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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:36 am

They're also looking to do more business, but can't get Pan Am to agree to consistently deliver cuts of cars more than just three days a week.
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby rb » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:32 am

Thanks for the YouTube tip!

BTW, why is everyone calling this thing a slug? My understanding is that a slug has traction motors but no engine and must draw current from a paired locomotive.

In other words, a remote control unit is.....a remote control unit.
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:41 am

rb wrote:Thanks for the YouTube tip!

BTW, why is everyone calling this thing a slug? My understanding is that a slug has traction motors but no engine and must draw current from a paired locomotive.

In other words, a remote control unit is.....a remote control unit.


Correct. A slug can't operate solo while remote control is...remote control.
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby NYNE » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:18 pm

I was watching it from my office window today shifting cars back and forth. I am about mile away and when I think of it I pick up the binoculars and scan the site. Which actually reminds me of another question I had. I used to see a few reefers coming in there too, but I haven't seen any recently. Are they still bringing cars into Preferred?
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:55 am

Preferred Freezer Services (PFS) was a CSX customer. I'm not sure they get much, if anything, these days. Most of CSX's business in Everett right now is scrap in/out of Schnitzer, with a sprinkling of New England Produce Center (NEPC) reefers.
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Re: Final Customers - Boston Area

Postby bostontrainguy » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:22 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:They're also looking to do more business, but can't get Pan Am to agree to consistently deliver cuts of cars more than just three days a week.


Can't they use CSX?
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