Official Rail Washer Thread

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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby mgdemarco » Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:27 pm

Any problems on the B, C, or D Green lines with leaves?
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:12 pm

mgdemarco wrote:Any problems on the B, C, or D Green lines with leaves?


D I'm sure. C on some tree-lined stretches. But B and E don't get very much.

The rapid transit lines also run so frequently that leaves get blown off the tracks before they accumulate or get wet. The need isn't anywhere near as acute as with commuter rail.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby typesix » Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:46 pm

mgdemarco wrote:Any problems on the B, C, or D Green lines with leaves?


The Green line does get some leaves ground into the track but problem is minor compared to commuter rail. Only when there is light rain will there be some problems, but sanders and track brakes help a lot.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:07 pm

Southside Power washer had the 1051 for power, caught them at South Station round 2:25p, heard something about going to Middleboro, but can't confirm official journey
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby BostonUrbEx » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:56 pm

I heard the southside rail washer has a cab car on one end. Usually, aren't two locomotives used? As I recall, that's the usual setup. I'm guessing this happened due to locomotives being a rare commodity lately?
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby AEM7AC920 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:33 pm

There is no normal setup for the train, last year they ran 2 engines but this year a notice was put out saying the south would use a cab car which is better IMO since they have no buggy.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby diburning » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:23 pm

So the wash train has been outfitted with MU for push-pull?
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby octr202 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:58 am

Whenever the MBB cabs do finally go, recycling a couple of them for the wash trains might be useful. Eliminate the need for two locomotives and doesn't end up pulling revenue cab cars out of service.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby sery2831 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:08 am

diburning wrote:So the wash train has been outfitted with MU for push-pull?


Yes, they wired up the freight cars for an MU operation, but no 480 HEP. So the cab car has only the low voltage circuit to operate the headlights/marker lights, alertor, and radio.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby ns3010 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:04 pm

The 904 was being put on the North Side wash train at BET shortly before 2 this afternoon.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby AEM7AC920 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:09 pm

Believe it was on the wash train last night as well it was running around bet 540 this morning.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:35 pm

904-power washer-1500 @ South Station today, 11/10. Departed at 2:25p to do the Old Colony lines
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby BRail » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:39 am

MBCR is using Sandite just east of Grafton Station on the outbound track. You can see the "rail greaser" device just off the platform. The splash of goo and sand is visible on the rail through the station.
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby Komarovsky » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:18 pm

BRail wrote:MBCR is using Sandite just east of Grafton Station on the outbound track. You can see the "rail greaser" device just off the platform. The splash of goo and sand is visible on the rail through the station.


Forgive my ignorance, but what is Sandite?
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Re: Official Rail Washer Thread

Postby BigUglyCat » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:32 am

Komarovsky wrote:
BRail wrote:MBCR is using Sandite just east of Grafton Station on the outbound track. You can see the "rail greaser" device just off the platform. The splash of goo and sand is visible on the rail through the station.


Forgive my ignorance, but what is Sandite?

"Sandite consists of a mixture of sand, aluminium and a unique type of adhesive." --Wikipedia
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