New T work engine? Yes? No?

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New T work engine? Yes? No?

Postby NellsChoo » Sat Sep 18, 2004 6:38 am

My mother was taking her daily walk in Belmont and when she got to Hill's Crossing, spotted a T work train lead by what she described as a "faded purple engine... kind of old looking". I showed her a few photos of work engines, and she said it didn't look like any of them.

I heard that the T was getting new work engines, could this have been one?

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Postby CSX Conductor » Sat Sep 18, 2004 10:22 am

Hey Jonelle, I guess you'll have to convince Mom into carrying a small disposable camera at all times. LOL :wink:
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Postby astrosa » Sat Sep 18, 2004 11:12 am

Did you show her a photo of no. 1921, which is painted in B&M maroon?
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Postby NellsChoo » Sat Sep 18, 2004 6:57 pm

She keeps a disposible in the car...

I asked her if it was maroon with gold stripes and she said no. All one color. Faded purple.

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Work Train

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sun Sep 19, 2004 3:59 pm

LLPX GP38-2 2032 has been the work train power of late. It went through Belmont Wednesday and Thursday. The Conrail blue is a little faded, but
certainly not purple!

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Postby NellsChoo » Sun Sep 19, 2004 4:48 pm

Is that the one with Operation Lifesaver on it? She said it didn't say that. The plot thickens...
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sun Sep 19, 2004 5:41 pm

i have a picture of that engine with the Operation Livesaver logo on it, i think it is on NERAIL, i'll go check
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sun Sep 19, 2004 5:50 pm

nope, sorry, i didn't scan it onto the computer, but i have a pic of that engine in front of BET back in Febuary.
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Postby NellsChoo » Sun Sep 19, 2004 6:00 pm

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These are the work engines I have seen. None are faded purple, which is why I wonder if the T has taken delivery of a few replacements.
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Work Train

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sun Sep 19, 2004 6:21 pm

The MBTA has not taken delivery of any new work train engines.
The only unit added to the fleet is the Ohio Central GP40 3247, which
is in Waterville, Maine for painting (and has been since the DNC was
over).

She likely saw the LLPX unit and it was probably a trick of the sun/time
of day or a meet with a regular MBTA train.

LLPX 2032 ran on the Fitchburg Route September 13,14,15 & 16.

The only other possible suspect would've been the 1005 on 9/13,
which went out on a road test from BET to W.Cambridge (Sherman
Street crossing).

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Postby NellsChoo » Sun Sep 19, 2004 6:40 pm

OK! Ma says it was BLUE, not PURPLE! (I say she said purple... she says no)

Sooooo, is there a blue engine without the OpLifesaver on it? She says the paint was chipped and worn. Caboose on the end... can't remember the color. (do they only have the bright orange one?)

Wait, WEST CAMBRIDGE?? You mean I missed stuff there AGAIN??
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LLPX 2032

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sun Sep 19, 2004 7:36 pm

Umm...The 2032 does have Operation Lifesaver decals on it. Done during its time on Conrail. Of course, all CR markings and lettering are painted out.

West Cambridge is the name of the interlocking at Sherman Street.
This is were the Watertown Branch connects, as well as the East
Yard (where COOP Lumber was). In olden days, it also provided access
to the Lexington Branch and the North Yard (which is where the MBTA
MW facility is now). Most road test of individual locomotives run from
BET to W.Cambridge and turn back to BET.

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