Filthy Commuter Rail Coaches

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johnpbarlow
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Filthy Commuter Rail Coaches

Post by johnpbarlow » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:18 pm

Does Keolis stop running train sets through the washer during the winter? Cars are exceedingly dirty.

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Re: Filthy Commuter Rail Coaches

Post by Backshophoss » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:08 pm

The wash racks are shut down and drained of water during the winter months,even with that chemical mix water still freezes.
Ohterwise you wind up replumbing the wash racks every spring! :wink:
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Re: Filthy Commuter Rail Coaches

Post by MBTA3247 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:52 pm

They should take a cue from the local carwashes and start up/shut down the wash rack on a day by day basis if the weather's warm enough - which it frequently is nowadays.
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Re: Filthy Commuter Rail Coaches

Post by Backshophoss » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:09 am

RR wash racks are not housed in a heated building,are stand alone with a very little shelter,might have wind baffles to contain spray.
You would need to drain to below the frost line,car washers are in heated buildings.
Even the heated washer building at Amtrak's Chicago Yard is shut down by the extreme cold weather there!
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Re: Filthy Commuter Rail Coaches

Post by CRail » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:00 pm

All of the MBTA’s wash bays are inside. That includes bus garages, carhouses, and commuter rail maintenance facilities.
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Re: Filthy Commuter Rail Coaches

Post by Mbtagp40mc » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:40 pm

Water costs money. The MBTA has no money.

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Re: Filthy Commuter Rail Coaches

Post by MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:16 am

the wash at the S&I in Southampton does nothing for the trains. It's a nasty chemical mix that goes over the trains, and smells awful. As long as the temperature is not below freezing, the wash runs as a train enters the building. My train got "washed" on Monday morning **palm face**

Amtrak's wash on the Loop has been OOS for quite sometime now

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Re: Filthy Commuter Rail Coaches

Post by NRGeep » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:58 am

Mbtagp40mc wrote:Water costs money. The MBTA has no money.
Certainly there are other factors, yet, dumping over a billion of the auto-centric Big Dig debt on the MBTA (thanks master mind Charlie B) is a poison pill that continues to stifle small and larger elements in the system.

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