WMATA work train locomotives

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WMATA work train locomotives

Post by RailVet » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:03 pm

In 1993 the DC Metro had five ex-military centercab locomotives for work trains -- four GEs and one Davenport. I saw the latter that year in the yard in Alexandria and an employee said they were leery about taking it into the tunnels again because its roof had scraped the tunnel ceiling during its last move. I think that locomotive was later scrapped in Alexandria. Although these locomotives wore various numbers over the years, this one is listed as having L012 as its last number.

About a decade ago two more locomotives, L001 and L011, were scrapped in the yard near the Greenbelt Metro Station. These had been out of service and parked for some time.

That left L002 and L012. The former was repainted from yellow to blue and white in 2012 but I haven't seen anything on the latter. Is the L012 still on the roster, or has it been disposed of (scrapped, sold, etc.)? Also, are there any other such locomotives on the system now?

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Re: WMATA work train locomotives

Post by Sand Box John » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:07 pm

My understanding is all were disposed of with the exception of L002.
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Re: WMATA work train locomotives

Post by RailVet » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:08 am

Thanks, John! Do you know what might have happened to L012, the only one not accounted for yet? I suspect it was scrapped locally, but I have nothing to confirm it.

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Re: WMATA work train locomotives

Post by Sand Box John » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:05 pm

Likely disposed of in the same way as the 2 that sat on that track in Greenbelt Yard.
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Re: WMATA work train locomotives

Post by mtuandrew » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:53 pm

At some point in the last five years I could have sworn I saw a 44-tonner at Alexandria Yard, driving by on the Eisenhower Avenue side. I haven’t since, and would have trouble seeing it through hurricane fence and new condos.

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Re: WMATA work train locomotives

Post by RailVet » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:06 am

I made a typo earlier. L001, L011, L012, and L021 are the ones that appear to be scrapped. L012 disappeared when I wasn't looking and is presumed scrapped. The lone survivor is now L002. Here's a rare picture of it online:

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(Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

Here's a picture of L001, now scrapped:

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Re: WMATA work train locomotives

Post by Sand Box John » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:52 pm

wmataL001.jpg

FYI, that picture was taken by me with a Nikon EM 35mm SLR. The slide was scanned and originally uploaded to my ISP subscriber web site back in the 1990s. The locomotive is spotted on track 4B adjacent to the Facilities Maintenance Building at New Carrollton Yard.
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Re: WMATA work train locomotives

Post by JDC » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:31 pm

Sand Box John wrote:wmataL001.jpg

FYI, that picture was taken by me with a Nikon EM 35mm SLR. The slide was scanned and originally uploaded to my ISP subscriber web site back in the 1990s. The locomotive is spotted on track 4B adjacent to the Facilities Maintenance Building at New Carrollton Yard.
Awesome shot.
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Re: WMATA work train locomotives

Post by mtuandrew » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:03 am

Walked past Alexandria Yard today on my way to Eisenhower Metro (long story, apartment damage means we’re at a hotel) and while I saw plenty of self propelled equipment, I couldn’t see anything that looked like their center cab GE. Could be inside a building, could be out of view, but I suspect the princess is in another yard.

Did get a good look at their Plasser American rail train though, and that was worth the walk.

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Re: WMATA work train locomotives

Post by RailVet » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:50 pm

I suspect the remaining locomotive is parked in Greenbelt when it's not service, although it may do overnights at other locations when doing extended work in a specific area. If you look at the Greenbelt yard in Google Earth you can see the work locomotive parked there.

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