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MARC New Multilevels

Postby djmarco121 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:23 pm

When are the new multilevels going to be delivered? Thanks in advance.
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby realtype » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:54 am

I've been wondering the same thing. They were originally supposed to be delivered last spring, but delivery kept getting pushed back. November 2013 was the most recent delivery date, but that's come and gone and I haven't heard anything.

I don't what it is with MARC and getting their equipment, but they always seem to be very, very delayed getting into service:
- The MP36 units were late and were delayed nearly a year after the MTA had a dispute with MTA
- It took nearly two years for the 16 Kawasaki bi-levels from VRE to be "repainted" into the MARC scheme
- Of course the most infamous is the "18-month" AEM-7 overhaul that took over 3 years and they still don't work properly

The only success story is the MARC IIB single level overhauls which were done by Bombardier
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby davinp » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:24 pm

realtype wrote:I've been wondering the same thing. They were originally supposed to be delivered last spring, but delivery kept getting pushed back. November 2013 was the most recent delivery date, but that's come and gone and I haven't heard anything.

I don't what it is with MARC and getting their equipment, but they always seem to be very, very delayed getting into service:
- The MP36 units were late and were delayed nearly a year after the MTA had a dispute with MTA
- It took nearly two years for the 16 Kawasaki bi-levels from VRE to be "repainted" into the MARC scheme
- Of course the most infamous is the "18-month" AEM-7 overhaul that took over 3 years and they still don't work properly

The only success story is the MARC IIB single level overhauls which were done by Bombardier


The 16 Kawasaki bi-levels from VRE, weren't just "repainted". They also needed some repair work done - new brakes, new windows and repair to the seat handles.
VRE has never had a delay in receiving new equipment. In fact 8 new railcars are expected to arrive next month, as scheduled, and placed in service by March
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby Fan Railer » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:15 pm

NJT has not, as far as I currently know, finished accepting its share of the MLV order. Once the MLVs for NJT are complete, then the MARC deliveries can begin.
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby CNJGeep » Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:37 pm

AFAIK, all the NJT cars are on the property. The last three (7054/7700/3) were delivered right before the Super Fail. Again, not certain but I'm fairly sure.
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby Fan Railer » Mon May 12, 2014 5:34 pm

As of last month, I read reports of MARC MLVs sitting on MARC property. No images can be found yet though...
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby realtype » Mon May 12, 2014 9:22 pm

Fan Railer wrote:As of last month, I read reports of MARC MLVs sitting on MARC property. No images can be found yet though...


Finally! They're probably in the yard near Martin State Airport.
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby strench707 » Tue May 13, 2014 4:41 pm

A friend of mine said he saw the 3 parked in Martins a week back or so.



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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby ThirdRail7 » Thu May 22, 2014 6:51 pm

There are npw 8 cars on the property, of which 5 will participate in testing over the next few nights.
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby Fan Railer » Thu May 22, 2014 9:58 pm

Someone uploaded interior pics of the cars on Facebook. Not surprisingly, they look just like the NJT cars, and appear to be numbered in the 80xx series.
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby amtrakhogger » Fri May 23, 2014 10:13 am

A test train with the new MLV's is currently sitting in Baltimore on F track.
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Wed May 28, 2014 10:33 pm

This is apparently a MARC Multilevel carbody kit shell being en route to Plattsburgh, NY for assembly and completion. Seen in central Quebec.
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby Toaster718 » Thu May 29, 2014 9:58 am

This is a clip from a article in 2013 as to why the cars were delayed- (As for the 54 new bi-level cars, MTA expects the first of the cars to be in service in November. The cars were delayed by a strike at the factory in Quebec and Federal Railroad Administration-required modifications to the brake rotors. They will be certified to run at 90 mph, but MTA would like to get them certified to run at 125 mph.)
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby Toaster718 » Thu May 29, 2014 9:59 am

davinp wrote:
realtype wrote:I've been wondering the same thing. They were originally supposed to be delivered last spring, but delivery kept getting pushed back. November 2013 was the most recent delivery date, but that's come and gone and I haven't heard anything.

I don't what it is with MARC and getting their equipment, but they always seem to be very, very delayed getting into service:
- The MP36 units were late and were delayed nearly a year after the MTA had a dispute with MTA
- It took nearly two years for the 16 Kawasaki bi-levels from VRE to be "repainted" into the MARC scheme
- Of course the most infamous is the "18-month" AEM-7 overhaul that took over 3 years and they still don't work properly

The only success story is the MARC IIB single level overhauls which were done by Bombardier


The 16 Kawasaki bi-levels from VRE, weren't just "repainted". They also needed some repair work done - new brakes, new windows and repair to the seat handles.
VRE has never had a delay in receiving new equipment. In fact 8 new railcars are expected to arrive next month, as scheduled, and placed in service by March


I guess there is a 1st time for everything because VRE is still using those old ex Metra cattle cars.
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Re: MARC New Multilevels

Postby BuddSilverliner269 » Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:55 pm

Toaster718 wrote:This is a clip from a article in 2013 as to why the cars were delayed- (As for the 54 new bi-level cars, MTA expects the first of the cars to be in service in November. The cars were delayed by a strike at the factory in Quebec and Federal Railroad Administration-required modifications to the brake rotors. They will be certified to run at 90 mph, but MTA would like to get them certified to run at 125 mph.)

Not sure why they want to do this as they want to scrap electrics and order more diesels and the diesels are only good for 90 I believe. Lol
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