NREX Switchers 3248/3249 Thread(New MBTA CR switcher rumor)

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Postby AEM7AC920 » Sun May 06, 2007 7:50 pm

MassBayMC1131 wrote:Well couldn't we just transplant a new engine into say an engine like 1006? I don't know the extent of the damages to the loco's in the dead yard but they don't look like they are beyond repair.


Where exactly would this "new" engine come from?
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Postby MassBayMC1131 » Sun May 06, 2007 7:57 pm

Not sure, maybe we could steal one. Are all of the loco's in the dead yard gutted?
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Postby MBTA3247 » Mon May 07, 2007 11:57 am

MBTA3247 wrote:Initially the switcher will be used on a trial basis. If the T likes it, they'll either buy this one or order one (preferably the former).

I got my hands on a copy of the list of options for new switchers and have to correct myself. Because of the clearance issues, the genset unit will be used in limited service. If found acceptable, the T will write up a spec for a unit that meets our clearances.
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Postby AEM7AC920 » Tue May 15, 2007 7:17 pm

Has anyone seen the 904 in switching service yet? I'm guessing the transplant is complete because I saw it idling outside of BET this morning.
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Postby sery2831 » Tue May 15, 2007 10:42 pm

I think they pretty much got it all back together as of yesterday. But it probably has go into the diesel house for it's inspection next.
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Postby sery2831 » Fri May 18, 2007 8:01 pm

The new test switcher is in service working Readville Yard. It only works in the yard and does not venture out.
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:08 pm

has anyone caught any pictures of this unit is use?
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Postby MBTA3247 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:40 pm

I caught a glimpse of it from a Fairmont line train once. It took me several minutes to realize what it was (at first I thought it was an Amtrak P40, since the paint scheme has similar colors). I don't believe there's any public locations with views into the Readville yard except the commuter trains, though :(
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Pictured Loco Not a Hybrid

Postby 130MM » Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:58 am

sery2831 wrote:Here is a story about the engine.

http://www.metrobostonnews.com/us/artic ... /index.xml


That article is a little confusing in that it states that the T is looking to buy a "hybrid" locomotive. The one being borrowed and shown in the picture is not a hybrid. It is what is called a "gen-set" locomotive. It has three diesel motors, and only runs the number of motors required for the current load. It does not have storage batteries, and can't run off straight electric.

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Postby GP40MC1118 » Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:43 pm

And the 904 is being picked up by Guilford tonight for Waterville Shops.
What the plans are is unknown. It'll be interesting to see if it gets
repainted.

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Postby sery2831 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:49 am

Looks like the is officially purchasing two switchers :-)


The next MBTA Board of Directors meeting will be held on March 6,
2008. The following agenda is posted on the T's website.


9. Authorization for the execution of an order with National Railway
Equipment Company, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, for the purchase of two
low emission switcher locomotives for Railroad Operations, at a total
cost not to exceed $3,330,000.
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Postby concordgirl » Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:52 am

NO WAY!!!!!!! This is insanely exciting news!!! :-) But the couple they currently have will still see service, right? especially the 3247 I hope!

Did I mention I LOVE switch engines???? :-D
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Postby MBTA3247 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:55 am

3247 will definitely be staying in service. 904 is debatable, as it spends almost as much time out of service as it does in service! :P I assume the genset switcher they've been trying out will be returned, since it has clearance issues (how can a switcher have clearance issues?!).
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Postby concordgirl » Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:50 am

lol Yeah-- ditto on the how can it have clearance issues! That's the same one in the pic, right? The green goat from last year's post? That was SO awesome looking, omg, I wish I had seen that one and gotten a pic :( If one wanted to see it before it left, and get a pic, where would one go??? ;-)

Glad to hear the 3247's not going anywhere, I really like seeing it around :) A friend was like, How can they be getting new switchers? Don't they need new locos first? I said they needed more switchers to do more rescue missions lol (horrible joke :-D ) But it sounds like the new switchers will be yard only, and not road??
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