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by Stmtrolleyguy
Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:55 am
Forum: Boston & Maine/Maine Central
Topic: Surviving Maine Central Passenger Equipment
Replies: 72
Views: 39382

Re: Surviving Maine Central Passenger Equipment

Almost a year ago, while sitting in my bunk one night in the barracks at Bagram Airfield I was doing online research in some of the photo archives when I noticed an uncanny match between two photos taken decades apart. When I realized the potential significance I was surprised to say the least. In ...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:52 am
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion
Replies: 503
Views: 137733

Re: New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad (NHN) Discussion

What is the New Hampshire Northcoast schedule? This question seems to come up a lot. The closest thing to a schedule I believe are south bound trains to Dover during the afternoons, Monday - Thursday. Pan Am crews take the train to Boston at night and return to Dover in the early mornings before th...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Fri May 09, 2014 2:27 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: MBTA/MBCR Leasing Two GMTX GP38s??
Replies: 21
Views: 6345

Re: MBTA/MBCR Leasing Two GMTX GP38s??

Did the two ever leave BET while on lease to MBCR? I don't remember seeing any pictures of them except sitting outside the shop.
by Stmtrolleyguy
Fri May 09, 2014 2:21 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: P32-8BWH retirement
Replies: 113
Views: 19434

Re: P32-8BWH retirement

I don't see it making any sense to repower them. You've got a 7FDL in them, the same engine core as the rest of the Genesis units - so you've got mostly drop-in replacement parts for a very small fleet (18 locomotives.) Easy repair, capable of switching or road service. . .I agree that they seem lik...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Fri May 09, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: General Electric
Topic: GE equivalent of EMD F40PH?
Replies: 24
Views: 12128

Re: GE equivalent of EMD F40PH?

Well, there's some interesting combinations out there. The FL9s were 2 axles in the front, and three in the back. B-B A-1-A. The GMD-1s were also A-1-A - A-1-A - but the middle idler axle was about 6" smaller in diameter so the traction motors could still fit on the truck under the frame! I think th...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Fri May 09, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1794714

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Parking at the garage in Haverhill is only $4 (Up to 18hours, $8 for 24/hours), and its right across the street, connected to the station via pedestrian bridge. (Since you can't get there via train.) I've been tempted to go for the ride, since I still haven't been to Brunswick.
by Stmtrolleyguy
Sun May 04, 2014 2:55 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Political Heat on the Greenbush Line
Replies: 91
Views: 17737

Re: Political Heat on the Greenbush Line

I've gotta agree with some of the population numbers. The ridership just isn't there. Not everyone commutes to Boston! You have lots of people who need to get to other places to work, and right now, most of the rail transit around Boston is all going in and out of the city - there's very little that...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:00 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: NoBoston South to Boston North?
Replies: 86
Views: 7971

Re: NoBoston South to Boston North?

It's a bit of a controversial issue as you can see. I think your best bet is Back Bay-Orange Line-North Station. I'll second that. No transfers on the subway, and its a one-seat ride. It shouldn't take too long, there's plenty of announcements for North Station. Going back, I'd suggest South Statio...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:53 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Pre-Amtrak boarding procedures: lines, ticket checks, etc.?
Replies: 94
Views: 11468

Re: Pre-Amtrak boarding procedures: lines, ticket checks, et

A large part of the problem IS that we, collectively, have forgotten how to board trains in an orderly fashion. As a friend would say, the passengers aren't stupid - just uninformed . Back in the heyday, people knew how to board trains, because boarding trains was something they did frequently - lik...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:30 am
Forum: DC - Maryland - Virginia Area Passenger Rail: MTA(MARC), VRE, WMATA(Metro)
Topic: MARC HHP-8
Replies: 118
Views: 33016

Re: MARC HHP-8

I've been reading about the HHP8s here, and on the Amtrak forum. I can understand why, at least for now, they're looking at going all-diesel. They had 4 AEM7s, and 6 HHP8s - all locomotives that worked pretty much because someone else ordered them in bulk (AMTRAK). Once AMTRAK stops running the HHP8...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:43 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: NoBoston South to Boston North?
Replies: 86
Views: 7971

Re: NoBoston South to Boston North?

Stmtrolleyguy: Walking? Try that in the winter or with luggage or both. Subway? We have that now and the crowds at Park, DC, etc, are pretty bad. Taxi? Non-starter. That's exactly my point! There IS no easy way to do it. You're either doing it the neanderthal way (on foot), the sardine way (Ala MBT...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: NoBoston South to Boston North?
Replies: 86
Views: 7971

Re: NoBoston South to Boston North?

There is one other thing to consider about connecting the two stations in Boston - who's it really supposed to benefit? I think a lot of us are looking at it from a local perspective. It's not just about connecting the stations - its about the big picture allowing run-through trains. Right now, all ...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Access to Trains in Boston
Replies: 36
Views: 4681

Re: Access to Trains in Boston

I never really saw it as a security measure in Boston either. You've got a lot of passengers wandering around, and it makes sense to do a pre-boarding check to make sure everyone has tickets for the right train. It doesn't help that many people just know they're taking the train - not weather its an...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:10 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: NoBoston South to Boston North?
Replies: 86
Views: 7971

Re: NoBoston South to Boston North?

Just my thoughts on this : There's two separate problems here. The first is getting trains between North and South station. The second is getting people between North and South stations. There are many ways to get people form one station to the other. 1. Walking! The two stations are not very far ap...
by Stmtrolleyguy
Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:01 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: MBTA's MPI HSP-46 Locomotives
Replies: 2958
Views: 664555

Re: New MBTA Locomotive Order Discussion (MPI HSP-46)

Fan Railer wrote:I'm a little surprised there still aren't any videos of the unit in revenue service. Usually people are pretty quick with things like that XD
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