Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by DutchRailnut
 
MNCR anounced that 200 M7a's are in Service.
The entile fleet of 336 cars will be deliverd and in service by first qarter of 2006.
  by metroduff
 
the AM requirement for daily service is currently (July 25 Cycles) 176. So on a daily basis any 176 of the 200 currently conditionally accepted cars may actually be in service, so all 200 of them could theoretically be in service on a given week, but don't sit at 125th Street trying to spot 200 on a given day.
  by Penn Central
 
metroduff wrote:the AM requirement for daily service is currently (July 25 Cycles) 176. So on a daily basis any 176 of the 200 currently conditionally accepted cars may actually be in service, so all 200 of them could theoretically be in service on a given week, but don't sit at 125th Street trying to spot 200 on a given day.
Only 12% of the cars being out of service for monthly inspections, software updates and repair is a very good number. When all the cars are delivered there is going to be a crunch for yard space as the number of seats on an 8 car M-1 train will be replaced with 10 M-7s.

  by DutchRailnut
 
Add to that the yard space lost to different placement of toilet dumping connections .
In NWP for instance at the stub tracks a pair of M7's spotted for toilet dumping looses 1 1/2 car spot to block due to mid car placement of dump connections.
in other yards this will influence how many cars fit between fouling points.
  by N340SG
 
In the LIRR West Side Yard, where the dumping facilities are built into the infrastructure, they just stubbed some PVC pipe off a tee and ran it over to where the M-7 dump connection is.
Either type car can now be serviced with the train parked at the block.
I think someone got a cash bonus for that simple idea, under the employee suggestion program.
MNR could see if it's logistically possible to do the same thing. Simple and cheap, if infrastructure allows it.

I'm not sure about fill line. Either same thing was done, or just use a longer hose for that line. You have to plan for freezing temps with water fill line, of course.

Tom