Do you like the MBTA's new switcher or the 1921?

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Which livery do you prefer?

Poll ended at Sun Dec 19, 2004 12:36 pm

MBTA # 1921 in old B&M livery
14
67%
MBTA # 3247 in current MBTA color scheme
7
33%
 
Total votes : 21

Do you like the MBTA's new switcher or the 1921?

Postby CSX Conductor » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:36 pm

Just curios, I understand that the paint scheme of the newly acquired #3247 is more uniform, but how many of you like the old B&M paint scheme on the #1921 better?

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Postby Stephen » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:43 pm

I like both. They are certainly a lot better than 902 & 904.
The only problem with 3247 is that it will be tougher to pick out in the crowd at the BET...
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Postby octr202 » Tue Dec 14, 2004 1:31 pm

I'll admit to liking 3247...but then I always liked the Atlantic Coast Line :wink:

Too bad it came at the expense of the "B&M" unit.
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Tue Dec 14, 2004 2:16 pm

i like the B&M style better, but this scheme is right on its heels, i like this new paint scheme :-D
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Postby kwf » Tue Dec 14, 2004 2:41 pm

I like the looks of the "new" unit, though I would rather see throw-back schemes on the MoW units.
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Postby efin98 » Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:10 pm

I think it's good the MBTA went with their own scheme variation for the switcher. It looks great and considering how much of a role it plays in the daily operations of the MBTA Commuter Rail operations it should look similar to the other engines. 902 and 904 could use a new scheme but they could wait for a while.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:24 pm

I do agree that it should be uniform with the rest of the revenue roster, but I also thought the 1921 looked pretty sharp.
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Postby SnoozerZ49 » Tue Dec 14, 2004 6:56 pm

At least it will blend in with the train sets as its most frequent duty will probably be to rescue the junk that goes out on the road.
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Postby ST214 » Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:36 pm

She'll look good lugging around dead GP40MC's, since that will mostlikely be her most common action.
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Postby CRail » Wed Dec 15, 2004 9:39 am

I simply liked having 1921 in the minuteman scheme simply because it was preserving history. The new one , i think, should have been restored.

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a daylight pic...

Postby kwf » Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:06 am

http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?photo ... bydate%3A1


I don't like the number below the cab window...
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Postby CSX Conductor » Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:43 am

Thanks Corey, but it is not 'my' picture. Not sure what I did to screw the link up, but thanks again for gettin it correct.

KWF, I agree that the munber would probably look bettet on the panel doors like the rest of the MBTA's roster, but hey, since it is under the window that might help distinguish it from the rest of the revenue fleet. :wink:
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Postby CSX Conductor » Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:45 am

BTW, has the 3247 been outfitted with A.C.S.E.S. equipment yet for service on the South Side?
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Postby GP40MC 1116 » Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:08 pm

I think they did a good job on 3247. So now what does this leave us 902, 904, 1921 and the new 3247. And what is the real story on 1921? can't they fix it or is it still in service? ALso does the MBTA keep a switcher on the south side or does Amtrak handle that for us
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Postby CSX Conductor » Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:20 pm

I haven't heard anything lately on the 1921, other than what has been posted here on the last thread about the 1921.

As for South Side service, the MBTA has a non-revenue engine for rescue service. This was the 1921's duty, but I believe it was replaced by the 902. The assignment is referred to as the "Readville Switcher", because it is based out of the MBTA's Readville Facility. Normally it switches out cars and locomotives in Readville and takes them over to the B.E.T., along with any equipment in SouthHampton Street that needs to go to B.E.T.

As I mentioned earlier, it is also on-call during the day for rescue service in the event of a disabled train.

Basically MBTA takes care of rescuing their own trains on the NEC, and Amtrak does their's. (The most that they will do is put Amtrak passengers on an MBTA train to Boston if Amtrak dies, and vice-versa). But the equipment usually stays put for the rescue unit. :wink:
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