M3 Retirement, Scrapping

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Re: M3 Retirement, Scrapping

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:07 pm

BuddR32 wrote:The M1-M6 design was considered antiquated by the time the M7 came around. Also, changes in crash-worthiness, egress windows and the like the design would be totally different anyway.
It is impressive a 1968 design would still be in production in 1994. Much like CTA's 5000s share the same car shell as the 2600/3200 and basic design from 1976 (2400 series). That and the 1970 NJDOT Comet design (lasting to 2001).

The closest analogy in the automotive world be the Jeep "SJ" (full size) Wagoneer, introduced as a 1963 model and lasting 29 years to 1991.
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Re: M3 Retirement, Scrapping

Postby Head-end View » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:39 pm

Matt and James, I understand about missing the sounds of the M-1/M-3 series cars, but the M-7's have their own unique sound. Notably that high-pitched electronic hum when they accelerate which then winds down when they come to a stop. That's a cool sound too and some day after the M-7's are replaced, railfans of today will miss that. :wink:
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Re: M3 Retirement, Scrapping

Postby Nasadowsk » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:07 pm

The traction motor howl at above 60 or so. Oh, and the brake release noise. PATCO's cars had much the same sounds pre-rebuild, too...
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Re: M3 Retirement, Scrapping

Postby MattAmity90 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:57 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot about those noises. The first time I rode a M7 I fell in love with the acceleration and deceleration noises, and I've grown to love the hum they make when they idle with the fans on the roof and that sound it makes when the acceleration noise changes to that sound that is similar to shifting into a higher gear on the stick shift. It happens when it reaches a certain speed (I think 25-30 MPH) after it leaves the station.
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Re: M3 Retirement, Scrapping

Postby DogBert » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:04 pm

LINYARailfan wrote:What day and time will the next set of decommissioned M3s be sent on FCIX flat cars from LI City to Fresh Pond via NYA to be sent via CSX to Frontier Metals for scrapping? I may want to try to see them being sent off the property in LI City and in the Bronx. Thanks.


All of this is at night, hate to say it but your chances are really slim unless someone in the know can tip you off in advance - then you might get them on hell gate or laying over a few hours in the bronx.
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Re: M3 Retirement, Scrapping

Postby Backshophoss » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:01 pm

The FCIX flats took a side trip to E Bridgeport,to take some wreck remains that MN wanted GONE.
Not sure on what the cycle time to/from Frontier is.
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Re: M3 Retirement, Scrapping

Postby Nasadowsk » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:14 pm

MattAmity90 wrote:Oh yeah, I forgot about those noises.


Somewhere in my pile of files, i have a pretty high quality sound recording of an M1/3 train stopping at Mineola. In stereo...
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Re: M3 Retirement, Scrapping

Postby ConstanceR46 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:49 pm

Head-end View wrote:Matt and James, I understand about missing the sounds of the M-1/M-3 series cars, but the M-7's have their own unique sound. Notably that high-pitched electronic hum when they accelerate which then winds down when they come to a stop. That's a cool sound too and some day after the M-7's are replaced, railfans of today will miss that. :wink:


brring whevvv wherrrrrrrrrrrrrr "This is the train to Penn Station. The Next Station is Aburndale".

Love those cars.

edit: Also, some designs are built to last. MiG-21 fighters, first designed in the 1950s, were being churned out by china until 2013.
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Re: M3 Retirement, Scrapping

Postby BuddR32 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:00 am

Nasadowsk wrote:The traction motor howl at above 60 or so. Oh, and the brake release noise. PATCO's cars had much the same sounds pre-rebuild, too...


PATCO cars are 1968 BUDDs as well. The propulsion and braking system was probably nearly identical. I think they also have the Budd Pioneer trucks, like the M1 (M3 doesnt)

The M1/M3 cars had a motor-alternator which has a continuous moderate pitch whine. LIRR M3s no longer have them, but MNR does.

The window grille fans on the M3s are air intakes for cooling the traction motors, the M1's TM cooling was an intake right on the motor, which would suck in snow, dirt and everything else.
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