Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby Tom coughlin » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:32 pm

The ex New Haven GP9’s. I loved to hear them start a train from a station stop. The Hancock air whistle sounded great.

A great memory was a trip from Sharon to South Station one summer afternoon in 1978. I was riding in the car behind the engine. The former Pennsy P70 coach had no AC that day so the conductor left the front vestibule door open. Listening to the Geep working at speed is something I’ll never forget. I timed a few mileposts and our speed was 80 MPH. This was the maximum authorized speed for these engines as noted in Amtrak’s employee timetable.

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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby highgreen215 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:41 am

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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby rmccown » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:11 am

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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby Literalman » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:17 pm

Do the PA's count? They weren't painted for the MBTA but they were handsome.
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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby TomNelligan » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:37 pm

The Delaware & Hudson PAs were the first thing that came to my mind too, although I wasn't sure if they qualified since they were here on a one year lease rather than being MBTA-owned. Absolute classic locomotives, though, and they really brightened things up during their Boston residency.

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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby Backshophoss » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:05 pm

The F3 rebuilds,aka the F10's.
The PA'a did not fair well on the Worcester line service,they were not set up for commuter service,just LD service.
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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby highgreen215 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:49 am

The PAs saw Providence service too.
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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby Tadman » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:34 am

PA's for sure. You don't hear of them in commuter service much other than EL and Boston.
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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby JWilson » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:05 pm

E-8, PA,HSP-46, GP-9, F10, 010 & 011 (forgot the model #), F40 all variants, GP40 MC
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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby Backshophoss » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:08 pm

010 and 011 are MP36-3C ,have separate HEP Gen-set.
Again the F10's with their Gen-set HEP's are my fav.
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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby BandA » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:30 pm

When it comes to a diesel locomotive, my favorite is whatever one doesn't break down, has the lowest emissions and best fuel economy.
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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby DURR5017116 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:26 pm

So you’re referring to a unicorn locomotive then huh?
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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby BandA » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:46 am

Apparently :wink: I remember back in 1988 the very old (B&M) locomotives on the north side would stall pulling out of the stations & have to be restarted.
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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby jwhite07 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:45 am

BandA wrote:When it comes to a diesel locomotive, my favorite is whatever one doesn't break down, has the lowest emissions and best fuel economy.


Here's one. Zero emissions and infinite fuel economy. Nothing to break down, either! :wink:

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Re: Poll: Favorite MBTA passenger locomotive of all time?

Postby MACTRAXX » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:57 pm

Everyone:

I have taken quite a liking to the F10 - they were the face of MBTA Commuter Rail in the 1980s.
There have been other good locomotives - such as the former NH GP9s.
I would have liked to have seen the ALCO PA's when they were in service...

JW's posted picture of Amtrak 410 above answered a question about the fate of one of what was
six GMD built F40s that were originally GO Transit 510-515. They were sold to Amtrak and were
renumbered 410-415 - overhauled by Conrail. One of the spotting features of the GMD F40s were
the small anti climbers on the front end. VIA's F40s also have this feature. Any idea when and
where this picture was taken?

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