GE Center Cab at Alexandria yard

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GE Center Cab at Alexandria yard

Postby mtuandrew » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:43 pm

What can any of you tell me about the GE center cab locomotive stationed at Alexandria Yard? I can't get a good look at it, but would love to know what it's doing there, if there's anything special about it (3rd rail capability?) and if Metrorail uses the beast for anything.
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Re: GE Center Cab at Alexandria yard

Postby Sand Box John » Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:16 am

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What can any of you tell me about the GE center cab locomotive stationed at Alexandria Yard? I can't get a good look at it, but would love to know what it's doing there, if there's anything special about it (3rd rail capability?) and if Metrorail uses the beast for anything.


If it white with blue trim it is one of the locomotives WMATA procured back in the 1970s that was totally overhauled in house by WMATA. 2 of the other locomotives were sold for scrap.
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Re: GE Center Cab at Alexandria yard

Postby mtuandrew » Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:40 pm

It is white with blue stripes, yes. Does WMATA still use it?
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Re: GE Center Cab at Alexandria yard

Postby Sand Box John » Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:02 am

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It is white with blue stripes, yes. Does WMATA still use it?


Yes, as it was rebuilt within the last couple of years.

Found an image of it:
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Here it is next to the feeler car before it was rebuilt:
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What I don't understand is why WMATA did'nt rebuild the others instead of procuring their "prime movers" diesel powered flatcars.

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