Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby MBTA3247 » Wed May 11, 2011 10:58 pm

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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby mbta1051dan » Thu May 12, 2011 6:11 am

Wonder which engine was responsible for the commuter's worst nightmare....
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby sery2831 » Thu May 12, 2011 11:58 am

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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby octr202 » Thu May 12, 2011 12:31 pm

Doesn't that sound a lot like what happened to one of the GP40MC's in Waltham one night this past winter (which resulted in one of those infamous 3-4 hour commutes that got so much media attention)?
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby MBTA1052 » Thu May 12, 2011 3:24 pm

Must be thinking of 1052 that took four or so hours to get to Worcester poor engine.But where was 1138 heading to anyway judging by the time of departure it was heading Needham??
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby Hoopyfrood » Thu May 12, 2011 8:03 pm

octr202 wrote:Doesn't that sound a lot like what happened to one of the GP40MC's in Waltham one night this past winter (which resulted in one of those infamous 3-4 hour commutes that got so much media attention)?


Was that a circuit board also? I can't remember now, though I was on the trailing set that pushed into Acton and listening to it all at the time. I do remember that some of the time lost was because they were trying really hard to get it going again to avoid pushing, and it just REFUSED to cooperate.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby mbta1051dan » Fri May 13, 2011 7:22 am

Yeah that was the 1139 sister unit! That's the problem with these GP40MCs one thing goes wrong with the electronics or computer systems and you can't move the engine. At all.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby jaymac » Fri May 13, 2011 11:44 am

1138 may have been a villain on southside on 05-11, but on 05-13-2011 -- and Friday at that -- 1138 seemed to have redeemed itself by giving a shove to 1000 and the rest of 418 -- or at least the equipment on 418's time -- and getting it east of the Ayer platform at 1147. Anyone know if 100 was having trouble or if it was just a way of getting power east?
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby GP40MC1118 » Fri May 13, 2011 5:10 pm

More like the 1000 as a "protect" engine for the 1138. Much like the other double-header operating last
night and today - 1127 & 51.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby MBTA1052 » Fri May 13, 2011 5:57 pm

Not to run off topic but how long has the SmartStart been around?? I also remember 1030 had a SmartStart on #821 to Providence a short time after coming back from MPI!!
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Worcester line breakdown?

Postby davidp » Sun May 15, 2011 9:24 am

Driving westbound from Boston on the Mass Pike last night around 10:30 I passed two combined MBTA trainsets stopped at the Auburndale platform. The cab car had neither headlights or marker lights on, and none of the coaches appeared to be lit. Anyone know what was going on?
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Re: Worcester line breakdown?

Postby mbta1051dan » Sun May 15, 2011 8:21 pm

My dad saw the same thing, he said it looked like 1062 and 1068.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby diburning » Sun May 15, 2011 10:18 pm

Most likely a crew going out to rescue a dead train or to swap a trainset out of the layover. The Worcester schedule on the weekends has such large time gaps that if it was delayed long enough for one set to push another, it would be all over the news :)
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby FatNoah » Wed May 18, 2011 7:54 am

Looks like trouble on the Worcester line this morning. At 8:18 I saw one inbound train pushing another past the Stop & Shop near Beacon Park. I was driving the opposite way on the turnpike, so I wasn't able to get any engine numbers.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby bierhere » Wed May 18, 2011 12:01 pm

P502 was canceled, and P504 was late according to the MBTA website. The announcements on-board told us that the train sets for P502/P504 never made it to Worcester and that were actually on the P506 set running into Boston.
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