Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:09 pm

Lots of delays coming out of the Haverhill Line (and one from the New/Rock earlier).

And now:

Haverhill 269 02:20 PM OB cancelled due to weather conditions. 2/8/2013 2:04 PM

Haverhill 274 03:00 PM IB cancelled due to weather conditions. 2/8/2013 2:06 PM


Seems to be the only line with delays (other than that one New/Rock alert) or cancellations.
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby octr202 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:15 pm

I wonder if they just cancelled 269/274 to reduce the number of trains on the railroad with what's probably light ridership. Inbound 274 is followed closely 226 from Haverhill, which according to the plans I think is supposed to run.

215/222 was a bit late, but it doesn't take much to cause signal problems on the Haverhill line.

I wonder if they're planning positioning moves later (non-revenue) to Bradford, as there's 4 sets that layup there for the overnight/weekend that won't make it back in revenue service.
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby AEM7AC920 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:31 pm

The equipment started heading to the outside points around noon. First extra went by Lawrence just around 1215.
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby jamesinclair » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:44 pm

Back in my day, theyd run the trains through any kind of blizzard, up the mountain in both directions.
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby sery2831 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:53 pm

All lines including the Commuter Rail are going to operate snow trains through out the storm. There should be a lot of activity tonight on the rails.

The "Air Force One" hi-rail should be used to keep the High Speed Line open, but could be used on other lines. It is leased and we delivered last night.

I will try to get a pic up of "Air Force One" in a bit.
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:00 pm

Here's live audio of the MBTA frequencies (rapid transit): http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bostonrai ... ium=social
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby sery2831 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:27 pm

Via a friend at the T. Air Force One.
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby jaymac » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:35 pm

Does it make house calls?
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:38 pm

A photo I took back on the Open house at BET. I beg him to take us back there. Anyone know the history of them, or do they just look old?
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby StevieC48 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:44 pm

I remember in 78 seeing the Pullmans with the big snow blower go by my grandmas house in revere .
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby sery2831 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:05 pm

Adams_Umass_Boston wrote:A photo I took back on the Open house at BET. I beg him to take us back there. Anyone know the history of them, or do they just look old?
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Those are from the mid 1930s, they are 'branch line' plows for single track. We got them from the CN(I am pretty sure, but could be ex CP). We sold them to the Cape Cod RR either last year or the year before.
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:09 pm

sery2831 wrote:Those are from the mid 1930s, they are 'branch line' plows for single track. We got them from the CN(I am pretty sure, but could be ex CP). We sold them to the Cape Cod RR either last year or the year before.


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Commuter rail trains and today

Postby killswitchengage » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:07 pm

how exactly do they get the commuter rail trains to there layovers today? What i mean is like the 512PM train is scheduled to go to the layover at the end of the line. WHen would have that particular train made it to the layover if the MBTA suspended service at 330pm?
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View of the Orange Line snow train

Postby wicked » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:34 pm

Video posted on MBTAGM YouTube account. (Feel free to merge if you believe it belongs in another thread.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVZAPRsSOKg
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Re: Epic Blizzard of 2013 Discussion

Postby sery2831 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:35 pm

They operated extra deadhead moves.

All the extra sets as of 8pm have been put up.

There should be some snow extras operating to keep the lines open.
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