MM&A Caboose?

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MM&A Caboose?

Post by JBConn » Thu May 30, 2013 11:29 am

For what purpose does MM&A frequently (but apparently not always) place a caboose among or just behind the power on some of their trains?

For example: http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=209009

Yes for train on left heading away, but not (as far as I can tell) on the train on the right heading towards camera.

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by MEC407 » Thu May 30, 2013 12:19 pm

They're not "real" cabooses at this stage of their lives; they're remote control systems that allow for single-man crews.
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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by PEIR » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:02 pm

When they are using the R/C platform do they use the whole consist or is just the lead unit under load?

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by MEC407 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:06 pm

The RC platform is MU'd to the consist, allowing the remote control operator to operate the entire consist no differently than if he was at the control stand of the lead locomotive.
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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by PEIR » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:10 pm

Thanks for the quick reply!

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by KSmitty » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:01 pm

I believe, as far as the FRA is concerned the cabooses (VB-1 through VB-4) are classified as locomotives at this point. The have the "F" stenciled on the frame designating a front and rear, they are equipped with horns, headlights and all the hoses and cables required to MU into the locomotive lineup.

In addition to the 4 cabooses, MM&A 8578 is set up with the RCO equipment, and there may be others at this point as they have been expanding RCO use...

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by MEC407 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:01 pm

Bye-bye, MMA cabeese...

Photo by Frank Jolin:

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/533806" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by PEIR » Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:37 pm

Any idea where they are headed?

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by KSmitty » Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:50 pm

Kind of interesting that 2 were patched out and renumbered/lettered and 2 are still in full MM&A colors.

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by Dick H » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:42 pm

I wonder if the remote control equipment is still mounted inside the cabooses,
or was removed and sold off..

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by fogg1703 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:37 pm

Dick H wrote:I wonder if the remote control equipment is still mounted inside the cabooses,
or was removed and sold off..
Given that Horizon Rail deals in mostly switching/terminal/in-plant locomotives, I would assume the controls are still intact to be used in conjunction with their lease locomotives just as MMA did.

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by csx2039 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:55 pm

Those 4 are headed south through vt...

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by NHV 669 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:20 am

PEIR wrote:Any idea where they are headed?
As noted, two to Horizon.

Per the VRS Yahoo Group, the other two are destined for Belvidere & Delaware River/Black River & Western.
Casey

NHVT 669 sits at the south end of the "Pompy" line in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.

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Re: MM&A Caboose?

Post by Dick H » Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:48 am

The four Cabooses were moved south yesterday(6/10) by the WACR.
Thanks to Richard Deuso for the photos. (Photos #3-4-5 have the
cabooses)

http://photos.nerail.org/show/?order=by ... key=rtd614" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.

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