CDOT RFI for "Service ready" cars (was: CDOT Rail Fleet)

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Re: CDOT Rail Fleet

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Interesting! I didn't see the second page of the RFI so I thought it was old. Not sure if the MBTA wants their MBB coaches back (I forget how long the lease is), if this is for more trains, or for overcrowding, which only affects the Amtrak trains as far as I know.

I know CTDOT is working on a new car procurement, which will likely see revenue service in the next 3-4 years, not 5. I can't speak any more on this.

I don't see why CT would spend the money on MLVs when this order is not for the New Haven Line. However, the push-pull equipment will probably be replaced at the same time.

Sometimes Shoreliners are used on the Hartford Line and honestly the restored MBBs run better than the Shoreliners, which rattle even more and always come paired with a beat-up CTDOT GE P40 engine. I took 4406 on 2/6 and HEP conked out and it seemed the train went into emergency just north of the tunnel north of Hartford. Sat there for a couple minutes with power off until we were on and moving again. No issues after that.

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Re: CDOT Rail Fleet

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I have never seen nor heard of a Shoreliner run on Hartford Line trains.

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Re: CDOT Rail Fleet

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njt/mnrrbuff wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:21 am
I have never seen nor heard of a Shoreliner run on Hartford Line trains.
I apologize, I got mixed up. I was talking about the Mafersa coaches.

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Re: CDOT RFI for "Service ready" cars (was: CDOT Rail Fleet)

Post by njt/mnrrbuff »

That’s ok. Shoreliners ran on SLE for a while but then after VRE converted to all bilevel, CDOT took the Mafersa Cars and since then, many have been running on SLE. They do show up on the Springfield Line on a regular basis and have been since Ctrail started running.

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Re: CDOT Rail Fleet

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daybeers wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:44 am
...Not sure if the MBTA wants their MBB coaches back (I forget how long the lease is),...

I know CTDOT is working on a new car procurement, which will likely see revenue service in the next 3-4 years, not 5. I can't speak any more on this.
...snip...
Sometimes Shoreliners are used on the Hartford Line and honestly the restored MBBs run better than the Shoreliners, which rattle even more and always come paired with a beat-up CTDOT GE P40 engine. I took 4406 on 2/6 and HEP conked out and it seemed the train went into emergency just north of the tunnel north of Hartford. Sat there for a couple minutes with power off until we were on and moving again. No issues after that.
It sounds like CDOT and MBTA are both desperate for coaches; In September the MBTA ordered 80 more new bi-level Rotems from South Korea in a no-bid, not eligible for federal funds order expected 2022-2024. They were still planning to scrap the MBBs, but in October they announced they can't wait until 2022, and were refurbishing the MBBs! http://www.railroad.net/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=170491

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