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  by AmtrakFan
What was the 1st F40C to go?

  by bones
I believe it was 606.

  by F40CFan
bones wrote:I believe it was 606.
Wasn't it 610 after it started on fire?

  by AMTK84
My records indicate that the first retirements were:


I'll hopefully post the entire list in the correct topic soon.

  by bones
610 was not the first.

  by MetraF40C607
Nope. In the end, we were down too 614, 611, 610, 602, and 601. 602 was retired. Then 610 blew up. 601 was then retired. 611 was retired along with 614 after that.

  by MikeF
MetraF40C607, your order is not correct either. Didn't 610 blow up sometime around late November or early December 2003? I clearly remember (and have photographic proof of) 601, 602, 603 and 604 running after that. I know there were a few other "C's" running in December that I wasn't able to shoot before retirement. According to my slides, though, 604 was running at least through the beginning of January 2004 and 601 was running at least through the end of that month. The last shots I have of 602 and 603 are both from the end of February 2004. After then, I believe only 611 and 614 were running until near the end of July 2004.

I think 602 and/or 603 were retired sometime in the middle of March 2004, because I remember a post about one of them being retired on this forum, not the old one, and this forum was created sometime around March 11, 2004. Too bad we don't still have those early posts to refer to.

  by AmtrakFan
611 and 614 are stored active right?

  by MikeF
They aren't active, but 611 and 614 are stored serviceable.

  by AmtrakFan
I Photographed 602 sometime in Janauary of 2004.

  by MetraF40C607
Well, from what i observed, that's how they went out. All I know for sure is that in the end, 601 went followed by 611 and 614.

  by MikeF
That may have been your observation, but it wasn't accurate. After 601 was retired, 602 and 603 remained in service for at least a month.

  by metra 613
I know 613 last to feb. i have pics of it on one of its last runs.

  by AmtrakFan
Thanks for everyones help in this. One more question what was the last non-611 and 614 run?

  by MikeF
AmtrakFan wrote:what was the last non-611 and 614 run?
I believe it was either 602 or 603, in early March 2004. Maybe someone else has more details.