Official Rail Washer Thread

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby sery2831 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:18 pm

MIKEMOXIEMAINE wrote:Please no Sandite on the MBCR, the grit gets into to everything below the frame.

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby GP40MC1118 » Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:22 pm

Heads up...

Power Washer and the Amtrak Geometry Train are going out the Fitchburg Route
Thursday morning.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby concordgirl » Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:27 pm

geo car, huh? whoa.......
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby MBTA3247 » Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:21 pm

GP40MC1118 wrote:Heads up...

Power Washer and the Amtrak Geometry Train are going out the Fitchburg Route
Thursday morning.

Are they worried the water will push the tracks out of alignment? :P
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby GP40MC1118 » Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:51 pm

The Geo car is actually behind schedule and should've tested the MBTA Northside lines Monday and Tuesday after testing the Southside on the weekend. However, they had
mechanical issues with the Geo car and wasn't repaired until yesterday.

It should be coming over on the Readville Switcher tonight, mated with a MBTA
control car and MBTA locomotive.

Thursday - Boston to Fitchburg & return, then Boston to Rockport & return to
Beverly. Beverly to Newburyport & return to BET
Friday - Boston to Lowell and return to Anderson, Anderson to Wilmington Jct &
return to Boston. Boston to Haverhill/New Hampshire state line & return.

I presume they will test the Southside this weekend if everything goes as planned.

BTW, the Southside Power Train is based in Readville.

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby concordgirl » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:49 am

Anybody know if the geo car had mechanical issues this a.m.?? 453 came thru half an hour late also....
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008

Postby sery2831 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:07 am

The geo train had issues with a loco, had to get a new one before they went out this AM. As of 10am they are on the Eastern Rte somewhere.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008(and Geo car visit)

Postby concordgirl » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:17 am

awesome, thank you :)
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008(and Geo car visit)

Postby GP40MC1118 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:26 pm

The Geo train did the Lowell and Eastern route today after this
morning's issues. Should be doing the Fitch and Haverhill lines
Friday. They are rumored to try and get to the Willows between
406 & 408, but it all depends.

Speaking of mechanical issues, the Geo train died coming back from Lowell
this afternoon at Tower A. Caused a little chaos before crawling into the
clear at BET. Engine 1074 was the culprit!

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008(and Geo car visit)

Postby mbta1051dan » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:53 pm

GP40MC1118 wrote:Speaking of mechanical issues, the Geo train died coming back from Lowell
this afternoon at Tower A. Caused a little chaos before crawling into the
clear at BET. Engine 1074 was the culprit!

d


Aww man one of my faves! :(

Hmmm hopefully it wasn't too bad, anyone know what was happening? "Chaos", I can picture, let's see...smoke, turbo whine, slow loading, GP40MCish behavior, etc...

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008(and Geo car visit)

Postby concordgirl » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:58 pm

GP40MC1118 wrote:The Geo train did the Lowell and Eastern route today after this
morning's issues. Should be doing the Fitch and Haverhill lines
Friday. They are rumored to try and get to the Willows between
406 & 408, but it all depends.

d

cool, we get a second chance to try and see it! That sounds extremely early... like, night photography-early on my digital camera ;-)
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008(and Geo car visit)

Postby AutisticPsycho » Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:15 pm

Too bad I wasn't awake to catch it on the Eastern... although if I didn't have work today and had school... maybe...
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008(and Geo car visit)

Postby concordgirl » Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:57 am

Okay, I got up early yesterday to see the geo car and it has engine trouble, but today was too early for me to get up (before 6... ugh.... now i KNOW the railroaders reading this are laughing bc they get up way earlier than that all the time :-) ) but the WORST possible thing happened.... the damn geo car was behind my train all the way in to Boston today!!! ARGH :P lol So close, yet so far away lol
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008(and Geo car visit)

Postby 130MM » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:49 am

mbta1051dan wrote:
GP40MC1118 wrote:Speaking of mechanical issues, the Geo train died coming back from Lowell
this afternoon at Tower A. Caused a little chaos before crawling into the
clear at BET. Engine 1074 was the culprit!

d


Aww man one of my faves! :(

Hmmm hopefully it wasn't too bad, anyone know what was happening? "Chaos", I can picture, let's see...smoke, turbo whine, slow loading, GP40MCish behavior, etc...

-Dan


Let's just say that any mosquitos left in Somerville were wiped out by the application of heavy, black smoke. And when the engineer called on the radio one could hear the alarm bells ringing in the cab. He was able to restart the loco, and we slunk back into BET. I was just happy it happened at the very end of the day.

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread for 2008(and Geo car visit)

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:53 am

did the southside get done over the weekend?
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