PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby jaymac » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:17 am

Waiting on Watco?
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby guilfordrailfan » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:54 am

atholrail wrote:No oil or sand at Deerfield... Billerica maybe in F it mode...


That seems to have been the MO for quite some time now.
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:51 am

jaymac wrote:Waiting on Watco?


Since 1983??? :P
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby johnpbarlow » Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:57 am

Will anyone from Waterville/Billerica be in the audience raising his/her hand to make a bid? While the GP38-s units to be auctioned are 40+ years old, many of these units are equipped with electric parking brake (what is this?) and some have air conditioning.

http://www.blackmonauctions.com/auctions/258/
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby EDFLD Bill » Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:11 am

johnpbarlow wrote:Will anyone from Waterville/Billerica be in the audience raising his/her hand to make a bid?

http://www.blackmonauctions.com/auctions/258/


Unfortunately, I wouldn't count on it......
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby MEC407 » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:32 am

Why buy more locomotives if they can't put fuel/water/oil/sand in the ones they've already got?
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:37 am

It's a net gain of +30 units at this point if they just get their own crap running. I bet the leasers are costing them more in absolute $$$ than stocking Waterville with parts and consumables would cost for returning the self-owned fleet to full strength. Waste money to save money: it's the Billerica way.
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby guilfordrailfan » Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:26 am

Spend dollars to save pennies. That's always been the Guilford way, but Pan Am is taking the concept to new heights on an accelerating curve.
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby gokeefe » Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:55 am

Its unsustainable ... it can't go on forever.
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby Mikejf » Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:00 pm

What would make a locomotive so it was only supposed to be a trailing unit?
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby newpylong » Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:10 pm

gokeefe wrote:Its unsustainable ... it can't go on forever.


33 years and counting... or you could be kind and say 30 to be nice since the strikes.
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby KSmitty » Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:08 pm

Mikejf wrote:What would make a locomotive so it was only supposed to be a trailing unit?

Any number of FRA defects.
Its a long list, but usual suspects are in no particular order:
headlight bulbs inoperable,
non-functioning alerter,
non-functioning event recorder,
missing seat(s),
inoperable toilet,
etc.
You get the idea, anything that is required for crossing protection, or crew safety/well being, but is non-essential to make the unit operable will make it trail only. Externally, its pretty much headlights, the bulk of 'trail only' defects are in-cab issues, as you would expect.
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby Mikejf » Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:27 am

Thanks Ksmitty. Thought it was something along those lines.

You would think though if it was light bulbs they would put new ones in. But if they aren't buying oil...
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:35 am

Isn't this the same outfit notorious for stealing light bulbs?
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Re: PAR Locomotive Fleet - General Discussion

Postby Z31SPL » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:40 pm

Or I think one time I heard NS had to swap a Pan Am engine off the lead because the exhaust fumes were venting straight into the cabin
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