Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby Ridgefielder » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:18 am

Stephen B. Carey wrote:Why were the cars in Wallingford, CT? Seems a little off the path to bring them back to DC. Sorry if off topic,

Probably being handed off to CSX in Springfield for return to Baltimore via Selkirk and the River Line.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby nomis » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:50 pm

They're going home via New Haven, down the corridor.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby GojiMet86 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:53 pm

Through Hell Gate? I would love to see that.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby GirlOnTheTrain » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:33 pm

Ridgefielder wrote:Probably being handed off to CSX in Springfield for return to Baltimore via Selkirk and the River Line.


They were coming from Albany...
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:03 pm

yes and by switcher went to New Haven via springfield line . a electric was added and they are going to Baltimore (via NEC)
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby Ridgefielder » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:37 am

GirlOnTheTrain wrote:
Ridgefielder wrote:Probably being handed off to CSX in Springfield for return to Baltimore via Selkirk and the River Line.


They were coming from Albany...

Ah, didn't catch that. Thought they were northbound... had been seeing them tacked onto Amtrak equipment over in the Lexington Avenue yard and made the (retrospectively stupid) assumption that they were going back in freight service.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby Traingeek3629 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:24 am

GojiMet86 wrote:Does someone know all, or have the roster of, the MBB Coaches?

I can attest to seeing:


501
505
509
516
522
527

1509
1520


I'll add to this list:
503
528
508
1505
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby The EGE » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:16 pm

Coaches 501, 503, 505, 508, 509, 516, 517, 522, 526, 527, 528, 532
Cab cars 1505, 1509, 1518, 1520
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby daybeers » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:11 pm

Why are they even using SLE equipment?
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby Backshophoss » Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:40 pm

Untill Amtrak allows the M-8's on the NEC east of NHV,ConnDOT and Amtrak are at odds over the onboard ACSES setup on the M-8's. :(
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby Traingeek3629 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:08 pm

1 week ago, the turbocharger on 6696 went bad, and CDOT decided to send it for rebuild early. That marks the end of the McGinnis era for the GP40s, a truly sad moment for railfans all over the northeast. Now the only McGinnis locos still in-service are the Metro-North P32s. It's a shame to see those engines go, but I guess the new CTrail branding has to get a new look :(
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby NH2060 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:58 pm

Honestly the McGinnis livery had its days numbered. The red/black/white color combination OTOH is very much alive and well and will be around probably until kingdom come. How they configure it is of course another story, but with commuter rail ops in CT expanding it makes sense to have a formal branding and livery. I’d prefer something a bit different, but I think we’ll all come to accept the new CTRail branding in time.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby BandA » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:50 am

Should keep at least one painted as a Heritage unit. But it might be confusing to some who are New.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:45 am

If you want to see equipment with the old McGinness livery, I suggest you go to Metro North turf and watch their four painted dual modes while they have them. Even better, go to rail museum in Connecticut. Sooner rather than later, the four Genesis units painted in the NH colors will be repainted. The Coke Zero paint scheme doesn’t look that bad.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby Traingeek3629 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:32 am

njt/mnrrbuff wrote:If you want to see equipment with the old McGinness livery, I suggest you go to Metro North turf and watch their four painted dual modes while they have them. Even better, go to rail museum in Connecticut. Sooner rather than later, the four Genesis units painted in the NH colors will be repainted. The Coke Zero paint scheme doesn’t look that bad.

I saw 229 just the other day in Poughkeepsie
BandA wrote:Should keep at least one painted as a Heritage unit. But it might be confusing to some who are New.

I doubt it would be confusing; As long as the schedule and the station signs say the train pulling in is scheduled, and the railcars behind the engine are CTrail, nobody will be confused. I do wish they had kept one GP-40 has a heritage unit; They really wore the McGinnis livery best. And now SLE is stuck with the disgusting P40s!
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