F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:What gives? Do they not have the in-house bandwidth to maintain a genset, or did they flat-out order the wrong type of switcher for the type of work they have to do?
ns3010 wrote:3249 has been out for a while, and apparently both 3247 and 3248 are both down for the count now, leaving only the 904. The main need for the leasers is for use on the Wash Trains, although they may stick around for plow service if the genset(s) and 3247 aren't back when the time comes.
GP40MC1118 wrote:The Gensets were terrible at rescuing passenger trains since they couldn't get out of their own way at station stops.
This was apparent early on and there was an unwritten policy not to use them as such.
Who knows what extras the MBTA cobbled into them... i.e. About any locomotive order or rebuild the MBTA does.
They were never well-liked from what I heard. What makes them suited for the UP or BNSF and not for the MBTA
is a $64,000 question. They've probably spent more time out of service than in the past year or so!
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