CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:04 am

They're in temporarily diminished numbers because some units are out for the rebuild program. Schedules right now weight much more heavily to P40DC's than before when it was an even split, but yes the Geeps are still out there. Particular train assignments are completely random shift-to-shift whether a schedule's running a P40DC or GP40-2H, but units aren't segregated at all from one schedule slot to another so it's random chance what you get for power on any given SLE consist.
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby Graeme Salt » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:39 am

Thanks, seems SLE definitely worth a look then. I gather from the timetable that at least 5 engines are needed daily for the service, and all work Westbound by 7 am, so in the absence of a crystal ball I guess it's as good a plan as any to take the overnight Amtrak NE Regional service up to Old Saybrook (arrives just after 5 am) and see what turns up.
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby GirlOnTheTrain » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:42 am

If you hang around for more than an hour, Ashlawn Coffee at the station is quite good. They don't open until 6 though.
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby Stephen B. Carey » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:30 pm

One of my favorite places to watch trains! Everything around there is quite good and on a nice day its a short walk to some nice small shops if you'd like to make a day of it. Sorry if I got off topic. :wink:
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby Graeme Salt » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:26 am

Thanks for the tips and I'll definitely try the coffee if I'm still there after 6 - It'd have to be a strong one after jumping off an overnight train at 5 am!
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby Train2009 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:27 pm

Caught #6696 on the day after Christmas Tuesday December 26, 2017, it was on train #1633 from New London, CT to Stamford, CT then turned for train #1610 to Old Saybrook. #1610 was seen headed eastbound past Southport.
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby GirlOnTheTrain » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:01 pm

Mod note: As indicated in previous status threads, two week old sighting information isn't really relevant...
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby ebtmikado » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:35 pm

Since the rebuilds are supposed to have a 5-month turnaround,
the first of the Geeps to go was at least a few months ago.
So it won't be long before we can all express our joy at the new CT Rail schemes.

:( :( :(

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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby DutchRailnut » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:39 pm

The contract calls for first one to be finished and ready for testing one year from accepting at NRE.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby NH2060 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:50 am

ebtmikado wrote:Since the rebuilds are supposed to have a 5-month turnaround,
the first of the Geeps to go was at least a few months ago.
So it won't be long before we can all express our joy at the new CT Rail schemes.

:( :( :(

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I would think that they would be delivered in a fresh coat of the existing McGinnis scheme, no?
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby ebtmikado » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:30 am

No. The McGinnis is no longer being used
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby NH2060 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:43 pm

I guess as long as they don't do to the Geeps what was done to the Brookvilles with that faux Alpert era NH scheme they'll look decent enough. I think I'll take issue with the new "CTrail" logo over anything else. At least the NH red, white, and black will live on in some fashion.
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby twropr » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:39 pm

Back in May 6694, 6695 and 6698 were shipped to NRE for overhaul, expected to return late next month.
There was another unit that joined them fairly recently - anyone know which one it was?
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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby ebtmikado » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:27 am

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Re: CtDOT/SLE GP40-2H STATUS THREAD

Postby Graeme Salt » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:28 pm

Sadly I didn't get to try the coffee from Ashlawn, but I can confirm 6696 was out on the SLE circuit yesterday. I rode with it from New Haven to New London on my way from New Jersey to Boston.
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