MBTA 1921?????

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MBTA 1921?????

Postby NellsChoo » Tue Dec 21, 2004 8:18 am

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I don't read here much, but I am getting the impression the ultra nifty B&M painted work engine #1921 is out of service!! NOOOOO!!! IS IT TRUE??

I have only seen it once, by accident, in Lincoln MA and would LOVE to see it again when my camera is actually ready.

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Postby sery2831 » Tue Dec 21, 2004 10:35 am

Yes the 1921 has been offically retired from the MBTA :(
The plaques on the side of the engine have been removed, refinished and presented to the family of William 'Zeke' Marsden.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Tue Dec 21, 2004 10:38 am

Yes, it is Nells.

It will be replaced by the 3247, which is currently undergoing traction motor repairs @ B.E.T.
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Postby NellsChoo » Tue Dec 21, 2004 5:20 pm

May I cry?

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!

That's better.

Well, the new engine looks nice, but there was just something about that old Geep... why couldn't they loose that ugly blue Operation Lifesaver engine instead?? Maybe a museum would like the Geep? Was it originally a B&M unit or was it bought by the MBTA used?

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Postby MEC407 » Tue Dec 21, 2004 5:45 pm

I believe it was originally a Burlington Northern unit, oddly enough.

I wonder if Conway Scenic would want it? It would look good with their ex-MEC 573.

Now that the 3247 is online, they will probably send the blue ex-Con unit back to the leasing company. (Or did they buy it outright?)
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Postby ST214 » Tue Dec 21, 2004 10:00 pm

LLPX 2032 has been gone for a few months now. Was returned in SEPT or OCT.
Hoping for a rebirth of the Screamer fleet.
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Postby sery2831 » Wed Dec 22, 2004 1:26 am

I was just forwarded the history of the 1921 from son of the person the engine was named for.
The engine was built in 1957 for the Northern Pacific RR, and it was numbered 336. When the Burlington Northern took over the NP RR, it was renumbered to the 1921. The MBTA purchased the unit in 1983. In the June of 1990 the engine was decided it would be rebuilt. It was worked on as a side project, when normal rolling stock didnt need attention. The engine was christened on April 12, 1991 at North Station.
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Postby CRail » Wed Dec 22, 2004 11:06 am

does anyone know if "zeke's" brother still works on the CR? He was on Chronicle with a morning lowell train years back.
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Postby jwhite07 » Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:05 pm

Yes he does!
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Postby CSX Conductor » Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:42 pm

Here's another one for ya Nells. :wink:
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Postby Diverging Route » Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:58 pm

Zeke's brother Jay Marsden is Conductor on trains 301, 306, 309, 314, 329, and 334. He knows the name of EVERY regular rider on each of his trains! He will be retiring next June... and his trains won't be the same without him!
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Postby Porter Sq » Wed Dec 22, 2004 4:06 pm

I ride the 306 and 314 two days a week Jay is a great guy and loves his job.The only time I won't listen to him is when he starts talking about the Yankees.He even lost a bet with a rider and was forced to wear a Red Sox hat for the entire day.He is a great guy and will be missed after he retirers
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