Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:02 am

Looks like MBB cab car 1533 is out of retirement. Listed on the rail tracker app on train 604.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby sonicdoommario » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:21 pm

Saw on Dave Perry's Twitter yesterday that the 508/521 Worcester set is running a 9-double decker set. Saw that on some YouTube railfanning video on the Providence line once. Do they have an extra car laying around or something for that to happen?
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby nomis » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:32 am

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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby RenegadeMonster » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:24 am

So that's why we have a lot of 4 car set disasters on the North Side lately.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:25 pm

What's with all the 300-series coaches stuffed on the Old Colony this week? The auto-door Pullmans have virtually disappeared from their normal OC assignments all of a sudden.


I must admit, the duct tape jobs on the '87-era Bombers' fraying seat covers are quite...uh...admirable in execution.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby sonicdoommario » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:13 pm

Are we on another car shortage lately? I've seen some weird sets on the Providence line lately (I saw a 2 double/4 flat set recently), a 4 car set (3 doubles and a single), and even some all-flat sets (which increasingly seemed like a rarity on the Providence line).

Not to mention, the 842/821 set has been a 7 double set for a few weeks now. This isn't a permanent change, is it? Or was Providence being greedy with 3 8-double sets to work with? :P
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:47 am

MP36 010 has taken the place of a cab car on the Needham 602 this morning. It’s 010-5 doubles-unidentified HSP46.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby sonicdoommario » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:29 pm

https://www.fox25boston.com/news/25-inv ... /725895782

According to that story, the MBTA said one of their improvements to the Worcester line was adding a 9-car set. Is this actually true and that 9 car story from earlier is a permanent thing now?
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:43 am

Double header on the Worcester line this morning. 1138 leading some unidentified F40PH-2C. 1714 was the cab car.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby sonicdoommario » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:15 pm

That blue MassDOT locomotive was used for train 819 today, I think it's an F40PH. Is that locomotive normally used for commuter service, or do we have some locomotive shortage right now?
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby chrisf » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:08 pm

sonicdoommario wrote:That blue MassDOT locomotive was used for train 819 today, I think it's an F40PH. Is that locomotive normally used for commuter service, or do we have some locomotive shortage right now?

It's used for commuter service regularly.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby BandA » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:37 pm

Is the MBTA paying MassDOT to lease their engine during the T´s locomotive shortage? /sarcasm
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby sonicdoommario » Wed May 30, 2018 9:27 pm

808 had two HSP46s latched on today. Surprisingly didn't notice until I got off at Back Bay. Was one dead and was being brought up to Boston or something?
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby MBTA3247 » Wed May 30, 2018 10:26 pm

Doubleheaders usually mean one of two things: both units are ailing, and one is providing traction power while the other provides HEP until both can be shopped; or one just got out of the shop from a non-routine repair, and the second unit is along as protection.
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Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the South Side

Postby Mbtagp40mc » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:45 am

I’m hearing a rumor that there’s a 4 car set with a locomotive on the inbound and outbound side. Anyone know if this is true?
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