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South Side equipment restrictions

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:20 am

Just curious anyone knows...

When's the last time the original F40PH's ran on the south side in revenue service? Also, when is the last time the 1600's were used as an actual cab car in revenue service down south?

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Re: South Side equipment restrictions

Postby Trinnau » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:54 pm

1600s were used as recently as this past fall in the South. If you didn't know, the PTC project has upgraded the entire fleet so it can run on the South. With the retirement of the original Screamers or the 1600s were lacking PTC equipment, which is now no longer the case.

Don't know when the screamers last ran on the South Side though, if at all. They never had cab signal equipment nevermind PTC.
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Re: South Side equipment restrictions

Postby chrisf » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:18 pm

The “screamers” ran for more than 20 years on the south side. The link below shows 1012 in Worcester in 2001 but they likely didn’t stay south much longer than that, and most likely never ran on the electrified Northeast Corridor.
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3274150
The 1600s have not run as control coaches on the south side in many years either, most likely on about the same time frame as the F40s but I can’t find any evidence of that.
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Re: South Side equipment restrictions

Postby AmtrakLocomotiveEngineer » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:58 pm

Trinnau wrote:
Don't know when the screamers last ran on the South Side though, if at all. They never had cab signal equipment nevermind PTC.
That's not true. They did have cab signals.
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Re: South Side equipment restrictions

Postby Tom coughlin » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:44 am

All of the cab control cars when delivered new were equipped with cab signals as well (including the RDC's - "Boise Budds" rebuilt into unpowered coaches by Morrison Knudson).

From memory, this is a historical look at road power used by the T that didn't have cab signals.

- All B&M RDC's except one (6124?; this one was used frequently on the Shore Line)
- All leased GO cab control cars (one set did run in Providence service but was "top-and-tailed" with FP10's)
- The D&H PA's (used mostly on the Framingham; they were used on Providence runs trailing E8's)
- The B&M GP-7's leased for the North Side service or B&M GP-9's used on the Framingham Line and possibly the Needham Line in '77-'78.
- MBTA RDC 55 which was originally NYC M455; as I recall, Penn Central moved this car from Ann Arbor/Detroit service to Boston when the former was annulled. It ran on the Needham line until that line was closed for the SW corridor construction and the Framingham Line, then used on the Back Bay shuttle or in the middle of a consist with cab signal equipped RDC's. I was surprised to see it in the middle of a consist in Sharon during the early summer of 1980.
- All of the SEPTA, NJTransit and Canadian Pacific RDC's acquired second hand or leased.

The Franklin and Stoughton Line trains needed cab signal equipment because these trains run on the Shore Line to get to the branches. Framingham and Needham trains did not. Needham trains would typically run on Track 3 to Forest Hills which wasn't equipped with cab signals back then.

When the SW Corridor was under constructions, trains were re-routed for 9 years over the current Fairmont Line. This line got cab signals for the first time when rehabbed for this service.

Speaking of historic South Side equipment restrictions, trains equipped with Pullman Standard push pull equipment (now the "200's") were limited to 30MPH while passing under the Washington St overpass in Dorchester in both directions as well as Canton Viaduct, track 1, due to clearance issues.

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Re: South Side equipment restrictions

Postby CRail » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:13 pm

Trinnau wrote:Don't know when the screamers last ran on the South Side though, if at all. They never had cab signal equipment nevermind PTC.

They had cab signals and ACSES just like every other engine in the fleet. The last screamer to run south was the 1013, which was relatively very recent (within 5 years of retirement), but I don't remember when specifically.
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