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DNC Office Cars

Postby octr202 » Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:33 am

Just came back in past BET on I93, and the Norfolk Southern and BNSF business cars are parked on the curving yard tracks north of the building (sorry, I don't know the name of those tracks). Looked like the entire NS train, and a handful of silver BNSF cars. Couldn't look close enough to tell if the NS SD70M came with the consist from Beacon Park.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Fri Jul 23, 2004 6:54 pm

The NS loco (#2612) is parked at the west-end of "Farm 2" at the Beacon Park engine house, just ahead of MBTA 102? It will probably stay there until next week when it is time to head home with the office cars.
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Postby caduceus » Fri Jul 23, 2004 8:28 pm

I saw the NS cars on my way out to the 7:35 Fitchburg train - they were on Track 1 - apparently the crew car was removed.

I thought they were all NS business cars. I didn't see "BNSF" - not sure what that is.

They split the NS cars into two groups - the ones on Track 1 appeared to be passenger cars, and the second group of what looked like business cars had recently been detached, and it looked like they may have been getting ready to push the rest to Track 2, probably waiting for us to clear.

I was a bit disappointed to find, instead of a nice big NS engine, a pair of Guilford light engines handling the move.

Even MBTA/MBCR conductors were getting pictures. I alas had no camera.

There were a couple of cops (not sure if they were BPD but they weren't staties), one on the platform and one on the cars being moved.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Fri Jul 23, 2004 10:04 pm

The NS engine stayed at Beacon Park.
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:08 pm

thats a bummer :(
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Postby sery2831 » Sat Jul 24, 2004 1:29 am

The NS SD70 was not allowed to go over the grand junction :-( Guessing cause of it's weight and the lack of great track. I was the asst conductor on the 7:35p Fitchburg :-) And was able to snap off a few pics before leaving time.
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Postby caduceus » Sat Jul 24, 2004 8:17 am

Hey, that's you with the B&M Trainman hat? I think I was the only Littleton person last night...
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Postby sery2831 » Sat Jul 24, 2004 11:54 am

YUP, that's me... No, someone MISSED Littleton last night, that was bad :-(
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Postby Diverging Route » Sat Jul 24, 2004 12:08 pm

Still wearing that B&M hat, CB? Good for you! I'll lend you my SERY hat some time if you like :-)
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Postby ST214 » Sat Jul 24, 2004 7:43 pm

I came in on teh 11:24, and GRS was switching them as we went by. The sun was shining off those beautiful Stainless Steel, Fluted Side cars!!!!! What a sight. I thought that i was back in the fifties!!!!! That is, until we got 3-4 more cars down the tracks, and started passing the repair line....
Hoping for a rebirth of the Screamer fleet.
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Sat Jul 24, 2004 10:14 pm

I saw that same business private car as I was driving back to the South Shore Plaza from the Burlington Mall from I-93. I actually glanced to the right to look for that private car in question and sure enough, I saw it in the first tracks closest to I-93.....
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Postby CSX Conductor » Sun Jul 25, 2004 12:17 am

Sery, I believe he was the only person for Littleton, if the other person missed it !! LOL
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Rail cars help keep event work on track

Postby Ron Newman » Sun Jul 25, 2004 6:29 am

from today's Herald:

Rail cars help keep event work on track
By Eric Convey
Sunday, July 25, 2004

Commuter trains may have been booted from the tracks around North Station for this week's Democratic National Convention, but that doesn't mean the rails will lie empty.

     Instead of workaday people-haulers, luxurious business cars operated by three major freight lines will roll up to North Station, which is adjacent to the FleetCenter, and park there for the week.

     Convention spokeswoman Peggy Wilhide said the decision to bring in the train cars was made only after the Secret Service ordered the station closed for security reasons.

     ``The FleetCenter was smaller than most venues that we've previously used for conventions, so we needed extra work space,'' she said. ``So we're bringing in the train cars as work space.''

     The cars also will be used for small social gatherings, though not big parties, she said.

     Freight haulers Burlington Northern, Santa Fe and Norfolk Southern are providing the cars as in-kind contributions, she said.

     A spokesman for Norfolk Southern declined a Herald request to tour one of the cars while it was parked in Boston before the convention.
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Postby octr202 » Sun Jul 25, 2004 11:43 am

BNSF is Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and contrary to the Herald, they are the same railroad now.

So did the UP not send any cars? I'm not surprised that there's nothing from CSXT either, given the political leanings of upper management there as at the UP.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Sun Jul 25, 2004 12:50 pm

CSXT's business train might be en-route as we speak, but running about a week late. LOL :wink:

Just kidding, I couldn't resist.

just kept hearing one of the joke sayings in my head:
"CSX, yesterday's trains tomorrow."
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