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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:24 pm

at the beginning of the year, i decided that i wanted to see how many trains i could see in one year. I got out every chance i could, here is my list:

as of 12/24/04 i have seen:

358 MBTA trains (commuter rail only)
251 Acela Express'
216 Regional's
21 CSX freights

that totals to 846 trains this year, with MBTA trains in the lead with 358 trains
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Fri Dec 24, 2004 7:03 pm

As for me, I've seen many of the 132 non-01800s on the Red Line and around 70 of 86 01800s, and the 01400 miscellaneous train sitting at Cabot Central Yard.
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Re: total MBTA trains

Postby CSX Conductor » Sat Dec 25, 2004 12:20 am

MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote: here is my list:

as of 12/24/04 i have seen:

358 MBTA trains (commuter rail only)
251 Acela Express'
216 Regional's
21 CSX freights

that totals to 846 trains this year, with MBTA trains in the lead with 358 trains


I wish I could say I saw such a small list :-( uggh.

I probably saw that in 2 or 3 weeks. LOL
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sat Dec 25, 2004 12:21 pm

hahaha :-D
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Postby ST214 » Sun Dec 26, 2004 12:09 am

I didn't count, but i mostlikely saw more than that too. Between around town sightings, work sightings, and the trip i took to Western NY and Toronto, there was a lot to see.
Hoping for a rebirth of the Screamer fleet.
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Postby jwhite07 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 7:14 am

For the past year and a half or so, I've done a similar thing with equipment "spotting". Gives me something to do on my commute.

Generally I keep it to the currently active transit fleet, and to groups that aren't subject to impending retirement and haven't already had large numbers of vehicles retired (i.e. I don't bother with Boeings).

Of the rail fleet, I've seen every active subway car except Red Line 01744/45 (which have been out of service for two years), and every Type 7 except 3657 (which was wrecked in 1989 and scrapped in 1998). I realize I've probably indeed seen these at some point or another, but I didn't make note of it at the time, and I can't find any photos I had taken of them to prove that I had seen them, so they don't "count" by my rules! I've seen every Type 8 that has been accepted so far except wreck damaged 3807 (again, might have seen it but didn't make note), and every currently active PCC.

Same thing with buses and TTs, and I've seen a pretty frightening majority of the current fleet there, too!
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:40 am

I have also spotted many of the CR Pullman coaches used in the Old Colony lines that I ride, except of course 1301 (wrecked in the notorious 1981 Beverly crash with B & M Freight train) and two others that were wrecked.

Also, there are only a few Merchermittz lead coaches that have been modified to run for Old Colony commuter use.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:11 pm

Robert Paniagua wrote:Also, there are only a few Merchermittz lead coaches that have been modified to run for Old Colony commuter use.

What type of modifications? Electric door operation?
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:48 pm

Yes, that's exactly right, CSX Conductor. Those Merchermittz Cab cars (don't know exact numbers) have been modified for automatic door operation.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:18 am

Thanks Robert. I don't get to go down on the Old Colony CR lines, been a long time.
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:35 am

Anytime, CSX Conductor, I get to frequent the area myself a lot, since my hometown is in the South Shore/Southeastern MA line, and I get to explore the Old Colony a lot myself, and when I ride the Braintree Red Line, I get to see the Old Colony CR trains that pass by so hopefully I'll be able to catch the numbers.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:32 pm

Actually rode to Braintree from South Station today, with a 1500 trailing....and when I got off a northbound was coming into the station with a 1500 leading....sorry, was with a friend and chatting, didn't think of getting you any #'s. Oops :(
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Postby Ron Newman » Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:31 pm

Why do the Old Colony lines need electric doors when the other lines don't?
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Postby jwhite07 » Thu Dec 30, 2004 7:04 am

Since all Old Colony stations have full-length high level platforms, it's not necessary to open stepwell traps at all. Therefore, multiple doors can be opened automatically from a single location, rather than having trainmen running (well, walking real fast - right, John?) around opening doors manually. Allows for faster boarding and is much safer. Of course, nothing prevents the use of manually operated doors on the Old Colony.

For that matter, nothing prevents the use of electrically operated doors on other lines - it's just a matter of isolating the doors you don't want to open (and remembering to close the traps before you attempt to close the doors!). Amtrak's Amfleet equipment is operated in this manner every day.
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Thu Dec 30, 2004 8:48 am

CSX Conductor wrote:Actually rode to Braintree from South Station today, with a 1500 trailing....and when I got off a northbound was coming into the station with a 1500 leading....sorry, was with a friend and chatting, didn't think of getting you any #'s. Oops :(


That's fine, I'll hopefully catch the numbers myself. Although the NETransit roster (I believe) has a full roster of MBB cars that are Automatic door controlled.
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