New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

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New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby GP40MC 1116 » Sat Jun 28, 2008 3:46 pm

MBTX(Ex PERX, Nee MP) 13743 was was in Ayer awaiting BO-1 to pick it up.This is the caboose that was up in Bow, NH behind Perini Corp. The only picture I have of it is from NERAIL here as it sat in a field near Perini Corp over in Bow, NH, interestingly with no trucks.

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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby bmcdr » Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:20 pm

The ex Mopac transfer caboose arrived at Boston Engine Terminal this afternoon around 2pm, it was hauled in from Ayer by the 3247. Rumor has it that the extremely ugly caboose will be rebuilt for service on the Southside.
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby Veristek » Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:45 pm

bmcdr wrote:The ex Mopac transfer caboose arrived at Boston Engine Terminal this afternoon around 2pm, it was hauled in from Ayer by the 3247. Rumor has it that the extremely ugly caboose will be rebuilt for service on the Southside.


What does the Southside need a caboose for?
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby bmcdr » Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:47 pm

Don't know, that's the rumor around the RR, will try to find out more when I get to work on Monday.
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby GP40MC 1116 » Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:41 pm

Veristek wrote:
bmcdr wrote:The ex Mopac transfer caboose arrived at Boston Engine Terminal this afternoon around 2pm, it was hauled in from Ayer by the 3247. Rumor has it that the extremely ugly caboose will be rebuilt for service on the Southside.


What does the Southside need a caboose for?


Maybe the MBTA/MBCR decided they wanted separate work train equipment for South and North
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby Veristek » Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:50 pm

GP40MC 1116 wrote:
Veristek wrote:
bmcdr wrote:The ex Mopac transfer caboose arrived at Boston Engine Terminal this afternoon around 2pm, it was hauled in from Ayer by the 3247. Rumor has it that the extremely ugly caboose will be rebuilt for service on the Southside.


What does the Southside need a caboose for?


Maybe the MBTA/MBCR decided they wanted separate work train equipment for South and North


Doesn't Amtrak handle the track work on the Southside, particularly the NEC? Meaning the MBTA could borrow Amtrak equipment like the Sperry cars and stuff for Old Colony? Ditto for CSX doing track work on the Worchester line?
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby GP40MC 1116 » Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:55 pm

I am not sure if Amtrak handles all MOW on the NEC, that could be possible, but I am not 100 percent. As for the South side, the MBTA, has various branches where they are responsible for MOW, most notably I can think of right off the top of my head is Greenbush.
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby sery2831 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:21 am

Amtrak maintains the Main Line to Providence, and CSX maintains the line to Worcester. Everything else is maintained by MBCR. Including the Stoughton Branch from Canton Junction. A caboose is helpful for work trains. The North Side caboose does not operate on the South Side. I assume all the work trains on the South Side now run with an engine on each end. This well help eliminate the need for this.

A side note where Sperry is mentioned. Sperry is a contracted service that inspects the rails for flaws and defects. The people that work on the car are employed by Sperry with someone from MBCR on board to pilot the movements. There is a thread for the Sperry Car if you want to learn more about them.
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby Stmtrolleyguy » Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:49 pm

I was told by someone that the current caboose for the work train is too tall for some of the South Side under the catenary in the electrified territory, so they bought a shorter caboose.
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby concordgirl » Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:01 pm

I was able to take a couple of videos of 3247 yesterday, going out to pick up the caboose and returning from Ayer with the caboose. It's just vids shot w my digital camera-- I am not a pro like some of you guys-- but it was exciting to see the new caboose go thru my stop!

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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby Veristek » Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:43 am

Stmtrolleyguy wrote:I was told by someone that the current caboose for the work train is too tall for some of the South Side under the catenary in the electrified territory, so they bought a shorter caboose.


Interesting. I know that the catenary on the NEC is high enough for the K cars, which are a little over 15 feet tall. How tall is the work caboose? I can't imagine the caboose being over 15 feet tall and taller than the K cars.
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby sery2831 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:48 am

Lets put it this way, the caboose is assigned to the North Side work train crew. The South Side actually doesn't have a Mon-Friday work train job. They work trains with extra crews on a as needed basis. So they don't let it go South, ever. I am sure there is some fear of striking the catenary by some sort of freak accident and someone being in the cupola.
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby AMTK1007 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:16 pm

iI always thought those DeSoto Cabooses (Cabeese?) were sharp looking.. Anyone know if they plan to paint it?
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Re: New Work Train Caboose (MBTX 13743)

Postby sery2831 » Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:18 pm

Unless it goes off property or gets hand painted outside, it won't be.
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