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902 at South Station

Postby efin98 » Tue Feb 01, 2005 10:33 pm

Anybody have any idea what this might be doing at South Station on a Sunday afternoon? It was parked on one of the tracks adjacent to the two or three Amtrak usually uses with nothing atatched to it(forgive me for not noticing the track numbers...)
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:43 am

it was parked alone by itself?
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Postby ST214 » Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:19 am

I've seen it there as the Readville Switcher going to shuttle over to South Station, but usually it's on track 3.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Wed Feb 02, 2005 10:54 am

Ed, usually the "Readville Switcher" crews go all the way to the bumper at South Station on their trip over to BET because they need to get their CSXT paperwork from the crew room in the basement. Maybe this is what they were doing. :wink:
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Postby efin98 » Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:58 pm

MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote:it was parked alone by itself?


Surprisingly, it was. It was by itself in the terminal, simply sitting there.


CSXConductor, that makes alot of sense. I figured it had to do something with BET movements...

How long does it typically take for that movement to take place? Was it only there for as long as it takes to get the paperwork and permission for the movement over that line?
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Postby CSX Conductor » Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:35 am

efin98 wrote:How long does it typically take for that movement to take place? Was it only there for as long as it takes to get the paperwork and permission for the movement over that line?


Depends on traffic basically. Usually about half an hour or just a bit more from South Station to BET. 5 / 10 minutes to CP-3 @ Beacon Park, just pull in and reverse direction onto the Grand Jct. Then about 15 minutes or so from Beacon Park to CP-Swift on the CR. :wink:
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Postby efin98 » Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:24 pm

Thanks for the firsthand information, I'm glad I got the opertunity to catch it in the station when I did. BTW it's the first time I have ever seen any of the work locomotives, seen the gondolas and the caboose but never the locomotives.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Fri Feb 04, 2005 8:58 pm

Pretty dull paint scheme on the 902 & 904. :-(
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Postby efin98 » Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:15 pm

They are OK in my book, beats the heck out of MOW orange that is on some locomotives I've seen! A nice contrast between the orange and the grey on them. As far as I am concerned, the less they are seen the better so the paint scheme doesn't need to be striking :wink:
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Postby astrosa » Sat Feb 05, 2005 2:28 am

Their paint scheme goes back to their days with SEMTA before they were purchased by the T. I've seen a photo of one of them shortly after delivery, and it looked exactly the same except for sporting "SEMTA" instead of "MBTA" on the sides in that odd typeface. There were also a small logos on the front and sides of the engine.

Basically, the MBTA didn't feel it was worth it to repaint the engines, so they just stayed in that same scheme with the exception of a few lettering changes. I wouldn't be surprised if they simply scraped off the "SEM" and replaced it with "MB" on the sides!
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sat Feb 05, 2005 8:39 am

i wonder when these cars are going to do mainline testing?
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