Type 7 Overhaul Program

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Re: Type 7 Overhaul Program

Postby CRail » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:48 pm

I'm so pleased my favorite scheme lasted the longest. I really wish that car could keep the green around the sign!
(It's not actually a different scheme, the green around the sign is the remnant of a wrap. I still think it looks cool though)
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Re: Type 7 Overhaul Program

Postby RailBus63 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:54 pm

F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:So 3686 takes the prize as the very last original-paint unit left in service. Get your photos while you can.

Kudos to K-S for building such dependable cars, but I've refused to photograph rustbuckets like 3686 for the last few years. I have plenty of images of Type 7's in the original scheme before they developed those giant rust blotches, and I'd rather not remember that the MBTA allowed cars to run in such decrepit condition for so long.
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Re: Type 7 Overhaul Program

Postby Type 7 3684 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:13 am

3686 is now out of service for overhaul, meaning there are no original green type 7s left in service. 5 other non-rehabs remain in service, 4 of which are teal, and one of which is the new green.
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Re: Type 7 Overhaul Program

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:31 am

With the testing line clearing fast, we're probably looking at 2 more departees in the next 7 days as "in-testing" and "prep-to-ship" cars rapidly trade places. Thus, the countdown to the final non-rebuilt 3600 revenue trip should hit the first week of October at current pace.

This brings up an interesting quirk in the timetable. Per the contract Alstom has a full calendar year to return 3700-series pilot car 3714, which departed Riverside for Hormel the final week of Oct. 2016. It's possible they may take a mini-pause during October to let Alstom flush out the 3600 rebuild line rather than maintaining an unbroken pace of 20 OOS cars @ Hormel by immediately picking up more 3700's after w/o 10/1. Could mean they start doing some prelim work on wreck rebuild 3609. Could mean the T takes the opportunity to clear out the dead line of all the other cars that are going to be scrapped for parts (they need to clear out some yard space anyway for when the first Type 9 pilot arrives in a few months). Could mean Riverside gets a built-in break on the testing line to free up bandwidth for fixing a few of the 8 OOS Bredas before winter hits. Any way you slice it the itinerary and pace could get revamped now that we're on the cusp of crossing the 3600-to-3700 pivot in the rebuild program.
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