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Maine Central GE U18B Locomotives (MEC 400 - 409)

Postby MEC407 » Mon Feb 21, 2005 1:27 pm

Does anybody here know what happened to MEC U18B 404 that necessitated repairs to the front of the unit -- specifically, a new nose salvaged from a U25B? Some of the details I'm interested in are: what happened; when it happened (even if just what year it happened); and which U25B was the "nose donor."

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The 404?

Postby wolfmom69 » Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:19 pm

:P This is a "guess",but I can recall one of the Guilford GE's being set in motion,by vandals,in central part of Mass. Shirley area rings a bell. Can't recall if it was light,MU'd or on a train. In any event,there was an attempt to "board" it,but finally,it was diverted to a spur,side track,and derailed. Nose area damaged,and the replacement "nose job" grafted on. I will ask Larry Hawkes,editor of The Atlantic States Limited,as he has an incredible recall of unit numbers,dates etc. Bud :P
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Postby MEC407 » Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:49 pm

Thanks Bud!
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"U-18 "nose job"

Postby wolfmom69 » Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:59 pm

Ok,got most of the story! It was the #404,and it hit a cabosse! Checking further on where & when! The #406 was the U-18 that got stolen in the Shirley area and was derailed onto its side;did NOt need a nose job! As far as which U-25,but#227,#235,#236 and #237 were purchased in the group,from Rock Island,for "parts" to be cannibalized,so it probably is one of those four units,at least from the book I am using. Hope this helps a little. Bud :P
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406

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:11 pm

The 406 was the runaway engine incident. It came out of Somerville, not Shirely. It got as far as Shop Interlocking, where it was deliberately derailed to stop it before reaching Lowell. By the time it got there it was up to 60-70MPH, promptly launching itself in the air and landing on its side.

The anniversary of the runaway is April 21st

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MEC Baby Boats "caught on tape"

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Postby NHN503 » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:25 pm

Hotness!
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Postby jwhite07 » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:20 pm

Hotness!


Yeah... coolness, too!
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Postby Engineer Spike » Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:56 pm

I see them all the time when I go through La Salle, on the Adirondack Sub. They are in the GE plant.
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What was the fate of the MEC U18Bs 404 and 407?

Postby Shadow.X » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:33 am

what happen to those units after they went to NIAX (Niagara & Western New York) was they scrapped by pan am or sold to another railroad?
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Re: What was the fate of the MEC U18Bs 404 and 407?

Postby MEC407 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:31 pm

They were sold to Rail Trusts Equipment (RTEX) in 2003 and moved to Montreal, where they remain in storage, partially cannibalized.
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Re: What was the fate of the MEC U18Bs 404 and 407?

Postby Shadow.X » Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:58 pm

hey is there any pictures of them?
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Re: What was the fate of the MEC U18Bs 404 and 407?

Postby MEC407 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:26 pm

There are photos of both units on rrpicturearchives.net, railpictures.net, and naphotos.nerail.org.
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Re: What was the fate of the MEC U18Bs 404 and 407?

Postby Engineer Spike » Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:24 pm

I just saw one of them the other day. It was right next to route 20 expressway.
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Re: What was the fate of the MEC U18Bs 404 and 407?

Postby MEC407 » Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:30 pm

Engineer Spike wrote:I just saw one of them the other day. It was right next to route 20 expressway.


Is that in Montreal?
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