status of M3A fleet?

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status of M3A fleet?

Post by MBTA3247 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:58 pm

Are the M3As only used for rush hour service now? I took a trip into Grand Central on the Harlem Line yesterday, hoping to photograph some of them on the approach to the Park Ave tunnel (if not ride them south of Southeast), but the only ones I saw were in the yards at North White Plains and Southeast. When I was at Grand Central a month ago, I saw several sets of them, but that was during the PM peak, whereas yesterday I was there in the early afternoon.
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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by DutchRailnut » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:19 pm

No restrictions on when or how they can be used, on weekends yes, most yardmasters will schedule only M-7's just so they run compatible equipment
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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by RearOfSignal » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:34 am

A few of the early morning trains out of NWP on the weekends are/were M3s when I was last over there.
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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by metrony » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:16 am

On the Hudson line during the week usually train 743 the last off-peak train is an M3a so is train 759 and 769 (The Tarrytown super express).

There is also the 12 car deadhead from Harmon going to GCT usually around 4-5pm.

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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by checkthedoorlight » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:34 pm

Last I knew, the M7's were still restricted to 8 car sets, so anything with 10 or 12 is guaranteed to be a M3 (although they have 6 and 8 car sets too). I don't think the H/H run more than 8 cars on weekends though. New Haven does.

Somewhere else on this board I posted the list of all the 10/12 car runs.

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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by gregorygrice » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:49 am

During rush hour the Harlem Line is M3A Heaven!!! They usually don't run sets past Mt. Kisco but sometimes there is an exception. The 12 car sets are usually used for the Semi-Express trains such as train 557, 561, 565, and 569. M3 sets (6-8 car sets) are also used of Mt. Kisco trains and rarely Southeast and Brewster trains.

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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by UpperHarlemLine4ever » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:33 am

Semi-Express, you mean Local-Express, don't you.

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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by RearOfSignal » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:51 am

Semi-express, never heard local-express except on here.
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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by DutchRailnut » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:55 am

every express is a local somewhere ;-)
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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by checkthedoorlight » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:21 pm

Not 1617

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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by DutchRailnut » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:36 pm

sure it was, it was a local on SLE territory.
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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by gregorygrice » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:17 pm

UpperHarlemLine4ever wrote:Semi-Express, you mean Local-Express, don't you.
Like for example. The Harlem line has a train the stops at:

125th
Scarsdale
Hartsdale
WP
NWP

Thats what i mean by Semi-Express

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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by DutchRailnut » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:42 pm

so that train is local from NWP to Scarsdale then express to 125 or GCT.
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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by UpperHarlemLine4ever » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:00 pm

A train that runs local and then express or vice versa is a local-express. Trains used to be designated that way. It's a term that seems to have disappeared but now some people are calling them semi-express. Railroad term is local-express.

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Re: status of M3A fleet?

Post by PC1100 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:26 pm

Well this thread seems to be going way off topic! But maybe this will help to clear the whole issue up.

Here's a 1961 photo taken in Grand Central Terminal.
http://www.life.com/image/72430706

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