MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

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Re: HO scale MP36's

Postby djimpact1 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:37 pm

No, I will not. Though I'd love to have it, I'm in the income bracket that can't justify spending close to $200 for one HO engine, even if it is a nice looking MBTA one. (Maybe if I made another 20K a year, I would!)
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Re: MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

Postby JBConn » Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:26 pm

I've been looking at online photos of GP40MCs. I have read that two of the units (1116 & 1119, I think) recieved "switcher mods". The only specific mod described is rear ditch lights. It appears from the photos that they may also have replaced the original GMDD-style four near vertical steps from the ground to the front and rear porches with more "US-style" steps. Can anyone confirm this?

Note the difference between steps on 1119 and 1129 rear steps on the extreme right of this photo: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2922480

Are there any other mods visible externally that I am missing?

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Re: MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

Postby deandremouse » Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:06 am

I got kinda bored and was redoing this old Horizon car, its not perfect but its meh alright

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Re: MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

Postby ST214 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:24 am

010 is on the way and will enter service a week from today!

Klein did not get 011 in stock with sound and DCC. They are looking into if they can get 011. If they can, I will have them both!
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Re: MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

Postby deandremouse » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:34 am

ST214 wrote:010 is on the way and will enter service a week from today!

Klein did not get 011 in stock with sound and DCC. They are looking into if they can get 011. If they can, I will have them both!

Hmmm interesting. They are sharp I might just pick up a non sound 011 and drop in a NCE decoder
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Re: MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:10 pm

I believe the only other mods for the 1116 & 1119 were ditch lights added to the rear.

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Re: MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

Postby GP40MC1118 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:11 pm

Sorry about that....rear ditchlights, front steps mods, front handrail mods and mods to
the cut levers...

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Re: MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

Postby JBConn » Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:34 pm

Many thanks!

I will have to look more closely at the handrails and cut levers.

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ex-New Haven 8600-series Coaches

Postby Statkowski » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:50 am

If you want to run trains, or just want display models, Rapido Trains is coming out with accurate 8600-series coaches (Pullman-Standard stainless steel).

Here's the offering from Rapido Trains: http://rapidotrains.com/8600.html

From Rapido and their distributors, they'll be available in two styles: Delivery scheme with skirts, and McGinnis scheme without skirts. Also available, without skirts, will be Penn Central, MBTA and Unlettered.

However, also available will be the McGinnis scheme with skirts. These are available only through the NHRHTA. All three, through the NHRHTA, will be twenty dollars less than MSRP.

http://www.nhrhta.org/pdf/8600_nhrhta_web.pdf
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Re: ex-New Haven 8600-series Coaches

Postby DutchRailnut » Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:36 pm

more important is the FL-9's in just about any configuration in both HO and N.
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Re: ex-New Haven 8600-series Coaches

Postby NH2060 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:42 pm

If these and the FL-9s had come out years ago I probably would have never gone back to O gauge ;-)

These guys -for all their love for VIA Rail- seem to have caught the New Haven bug in a big way.
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'Boise Budd' RDC conversions

Postby talltim » Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:00 am

I would like to make a model of a Morrison-Knudsen RDC conversion, but am finding it difficult to get much information on what the conversion actually entailed.
What I have found:
The numbers and types of the RDCs converted and the numbers they became after conversion
Lots of photos
I have a couple of questions to start with:
Did the rebuilds use the original trucks, with the transmission removed or new trucks? If new, what trucks were they?
What was the interior layout like?
There seem to be a good few books on RDCs in general, are there any that cover the rebuilds?

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Re: 'Boise Budd' RDC conversions

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:23 am

same trucks, just spicer drive removed , roof dome removed , stacks removed and stack duct sheeted over, new circuit breaker box under car, all engines and transmissions and under body equipment removed, except for brake valve block.
new AC condensor under car
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Re: MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

Postby typesix » Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:29 pm

The best RDC book is the one written by Chuck Crouse, but it has little info on the MBTA rebuilds. Just to add to Dutch's info, the trucks were resprung to compensate for the reduced car weight, but were said to ride rough and were not popular with commuters.
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Re: MBTA Subway/Commuter Rail Models

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:24 pm

The prototype "Boise" Budds are still around,after use by Caltrain(JPBX),they wound up at GCRY in Williams Az.
Sometimes used as the 2nd train to the Grand Canyon in the summer months,pulled by a former Amtrak F-40ph!
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