Locomotive fire in West Roxbury Sunday?

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charlesriverbranch
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Locomotive fire in West Roxbury Sunday?

Post by charlesriverbranch » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:20 pm

https://universalhub.com/2018/needham-l ... flames-air

Evidently the locomotive involved was a GP18, #904. But what was it doing on the Needham Line on a Sunday, when that line is normally devoid of trains?

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Re: Locomotive fire in West Roxbury Sunday?

Post by blackcap » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:37 pm

It appeared to be a non-revenue equipment move of some kind.

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Re: Locomotive fire in West Roxbury Sunday?

Post by Mbtagp40mc » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:59 am

Wasn’t the 904 just repaired?

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Re: Locomotive fire in West Roxbury Sunday?

Post by chrisf » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:23 pm

charlesriverbranch wrote:https://universalhub.com/2018/needham-l ... flames-air

Evidently the locomotive involved was a GP18, #904. But what was it doing on the Needham Line on a Sunday, when that line is normally devoid of trains?
Non-revenue operations on Sunday are pretty common on the Needham Line. Most likely they’re swapping a train set in or out for maintenance.

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Re: Locomotive fire in West Roxbury Sunday?

Post by Backshophoss » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:53 pm

The "Roots" blower might have had a bearing fail,allowing engine oil to pond up in the exhaust, poof,instant fire.
Now 1 of the "Rent a wrecks"" had to play go fetch,then drag the whole mess to BET. :(
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