Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:34 am

Anyone know why the set with 1128 is running backwards? The locomotive was pointing into South Station with no locomotive on the other end.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby sonicdoommario » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:12 pm

Last week there was a 6 double/2 flat set used on the Providence line (Control Car 1803) (order was from locomotive side: 4 doubles, 2 flats, 2 doubles).

This week that same 1803 set is now 7 cars, with 5 doubles and 2 flats, so one of the doubles was taken out at some point. Looks like it was removed from the front half, since the set is now 3 doubles/2 flats/2 doubles.

Looking at the inventory page, looks like there are a few more doubles out of service (mostly for the Kawasaki overhauling). Looks like they're doing the three remaining control cars and the remaining cars of the original 700-749 batch.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby sonicdoommario » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:25 pm

Looks like Worcester trains this week will get some juiced up train sets to accommodate for extra riders while the Commonwealth Ave Bridge gets repaired.

They took that 6 double/2 flat set on the Providence line and Providence got a 7-car, 5 double/2 flat set in its place with a GP40 on it, so when you're near it the train sounds like standing right below a jet at an air force base.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby johnpbarlow » Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:10 am

Here are a couple pix of the Worcester - Framingham shuttle train 2506 for Sunday 7/29/18 featuring HSPs at each end.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby NeedhamLine » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:48 am

Perhaps as the result of cascading signaling issues around South Station, we got the Cape Flyer trainset on the Needham line this morning. Sadly, the café was not open.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:59 am

GP40 double header this morning. Didn't see the cab number, but 1116 and 1119 were coupled. Sounded like 1116 was providing the HEP but not positive.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby sonicdoommario » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:08 pm

Thursday night the train set that was used for 827 (6:10PM outbound) zipped through Attleboro on track 2, passing train 832 which was in the station. 827 normally goes to Pawtucket for the night when reaching Providence, and is not used for a return trip to Boston. What would've caused this? My only guess would've been that the Patriots train used on the Providence side that night would go directly to Pawtucket, so one of the trains had to come out, as there wouldn't have been enough room to fit a 7th train (the 827 that night was 3 doubles and 2 singles, and the Providence Patriots train was 4 doubles and 2 singles).

Speaking of which, what is the process for Patriots trains when the Patriots play on a weekday? I would think that when they play on Sunday (or the occasional Saturday game), they can just take a train out of Pawtucket and use that (since I think only one or two trains come out of Pawtucket during the weekend) and put it back when done, but what about during the weekday, when there are no trains in the layover yard to use? Do they send a non-revenue train down to Providence in the middle of the day?
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Trinnau » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:58 pm

Patriot's games use 3 train sets, 1 for the train out of TF Green and 2 for the train out of Boston. So on a weeknight it can make things interesting for the regular passengers, especially if there are delays or trains with mechanical issues. My guess is they brought 827 back so they could use it in service for the rest of the evening. And yes, typically a non-revenue train is sent to Providence to make that train on a weeknight.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:30 pm

I’ve never seen a 7 car set on the Needham line but we have one today. The 619 is being pulled by an HSP46 with 1714 on the back, a couple singles sprinkled in and the “No Brainer” car in the middle. Funky looking set.

Also, we were about to get on and the engineer that brought the train into the station didn’t pull the train up far enough and had to fix it before we got on. Thought that was funny.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:42 pm

both of the Gensets, 3248 and 3249, were sent to Davisville today on an equipment move to get work preformed on them
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby sonicdoommario » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:09 am

Looks like the 9-car set on the Worcester line somehow got used for Providence on the 823 Friday (and Worcester's 521 train that uses the 9-car set ended up getting the 8-car set used for 823). Since both 823 and 521 layover in Pawtucket/Worcester after finishing those trips, I'd imagine they'll probably get those sets switched during the weekend.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:39 am

The 1123/1713 set is running backwards. Set is parked in the Needham Heights yard for the weekend.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Diverging Route » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:03 am

1802 inbound from Providence this morning was a low-capacity five-car flat set. 1513 was the cab car and there were two other 500s. Three potties, no waiting! I assume that set is used for Fairmount shuttles during the week?
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby troffey » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:10 pm

There is usually at least one five car flat set on the Old Colony, and I've seen the occasional all flat set in Stoughton as well.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:58 pm

There was a 4 car flat set at South Station Friday! 2016 was the loco, but don’t remember the cab.
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