ex-MARC Units Discussion

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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby octr202 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:18 am

I've had one ride so far (sitting in a K car) - I found it good enough to leave the iPod off for the trip! But then I also like listening to the GP40MC's and rebuilds load up leaving a stop too. Now if I could just go back in time to listen to a Geep 7 or 9 on a commuter job.... :-)
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby realtype » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:39 pm

MEC407 wrote:Purely from a railfan perspective, I think those GP40WH-2s sound fantastic. Doesn't mean I'd want to sit directly behind one for 20 or 30 minutes twice a day :wink: but the sound is classic, raw, heart-pounding EMD.


They sound awesome, far better than the MP36s. When I rode MARC I used to love listening to the sweet turbocharged sound of the train pulling out (amplified by the way the station is layed out). :-)

btw vid of #67 on the Lowell Line:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yivtgvvk8WM
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby Robert Paniagua » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:37 am

I wonder if they are going to equip thse ex-MARC units (which by the way, I've seen and ridden traind pulled by then during my visits to Washington and Montgomery Conty) are going to be equipped with ACSES so that they can run on the Southside Lines especially Providence and Middleboro and all other South country
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby diburning » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:42 am

Probably not due to the nature of the short term lease. They can send more GP40MCs south (1131 doesn't sound very happy by the way)
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby AEM7AC920 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:50 am

As well as the few rebuilds that have and the 011! I'm suprized its still here as of now since engineer training is complete and the 010 is at BET now.
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby MBTA1052 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:26 am

Yea probably in for Inspection Services as I was told by one my friends!! But how often do Engineers get trained on the latest equipment in the CR??
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby AEM7AC920 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:08 am

Once they are qualified on the equipment there is no need to go over it again since they run on it on a daily basis. Even with the ex MARC units they did not need to qualify on those seperate because they are still GP40s just a few small differences which were noted in a road foremans notice.
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby ST214 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:12 pm

They will not be equipped with ACSES. They will be confined to the Northside.

Robert Paniagua wrote:I wonder if they are going to equip thse ex-MARC units (which by the way, I've seen and ridden traind pulled by then during my visits to Washington and Montgomery Conty) are going to be equipped with ACSES so that they can run on the Southside Lines especially Providence and Middleboro and all other South country
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby Robert Paniagua » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:25 pm

Oh, all right, then we'll probably get the F40PH2Cs then
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby MEC407 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:43 pm

realtype wrote:They sound awesome, far better than the MP36s.


Agreed. Here's another good example of what they sound like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkWSzw2Hgu0
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby 161pw165 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:49 pm

realtype wrote:
MEC407 wrote:Purely from a railfan perspective, I think those GP40WH-2s sound fantastic. Doesn't mean I'd want to sit directly behind one for 20 or 30 minutes twice a day :wink: but the sound is classic, raw, heart-pounding EMD.


They sound awesome, far better than the MP36s. When I rode MARC I used to love listening to the sweet turbocharged sound of the train pulling out (amplified by the way the station is layed out). :-)

btw vid of #67 on the Lowell Line:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yivtgvvk8WM


They don't appear to be using the Gyralights.
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby MBTA1052 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:13 pm

Probably not use to using it or care to..I mean one less thing they need to worry on figuring these engines don't have ditchlights but even then the ditchlights come on automatically when the bell comes on and go off with the bell(Sometimes)!! ;)
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby agarturbo » Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:41 pm

Got pulled by #67 last week on train 431. The gyralight was definitely active
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby AEM7AC920 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:47 pm

161pw165 wrote:
realtype wrote:
MEC407 wrote:Purely from a railfan perspective, I think those GP40WH-2s sound fantastic. Doesn't mean I'd want to sit directly behind one for 20 or 30 minutes twice a day :wink: but the sound is classic, raw, heart-pounding EMD.


They sound awesome, far better than the MP36s. When I rode MARC I used to love listening to the sweet turbocharged sound of the train pulling out (amplified by the way the station is layed out). :-)

btw vid of #67 on the Lowell Line:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yivtgvvk8WM


They don't appear to be using the Gyralights.


The Gyralight is only required to be on when operating over grade crossings for the most part doesn't need to be on 24/7.
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Re: ex-MARC Units Discussion

Postby MBTA1052 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:57 pm

Even I believe North Side has more RR Crossings than South but I could be wrong.
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