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by ex Budd man
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Philadelphia Roosevelt Blvd Subway
Replies: 67
Views: 50443

Re: Philadelphia Roosevelt Blvd Subway

It would be cheaper to built an elevated extension of the M-F line to Roosevelt Blvd. than to tunnel from Broad Street. Tunneling has too many potential obstacles; countless underground utilities and three circles come to mind. Built it on the median with access from the side walks. Run it all the w...
by ex Budd man
Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Silverliner Vs Out of Service - Technical Topics
Replies: 233
Views: 66195

Re: Silverliner Vs Out of Service - Technical Topics

Both the SL-II and SL-III had carbon steel end frames, as does the SL-IV and V cars. The body, center sills and cross bearers are Stainless steel. The IIs and IIIs were retired because it was deemed too expensive to bring them up to current FRA standards. The SL-IVs COULD be fitted with center doors...
by ex Budd man
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Silverliner Vs Out of Service - Technical Topics
Replies: 233
Views: 66195

Re: Silverliner Vs Out of Service - Technical Topics

A few thoughts from a SEPTA retiree. In thirty years I never once saw an equalizer beam fail; not on a SL-III or SL-IV. I saw broken springs and spring seats, cracked frames on SL-II trucks, but not one equalizer beam. SEPTA knew from the start that the cars were grossly overweight. It can't be help...
by ex Budd man
Wed Mar 23, 2016 6:41 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Blueliner by Wayne junction?
Replies: 4
Views: 2613

Re: Blueliner by Wayne junction?

It is sitting next to the wash house at Roberts yard. The switch leading to it has been removed some time ago. The once deep royal blue has faded to robins egg blue now.
by ex Budd man
Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: Williams Reproduction E-60
Replies: 2
Views: 3980

Williams Reproduction E-60

I just purchased a very nice E-60 at the Greenberg show in Edison NJ. The seller described it as a Williams product but said it was a custom paint job, Tuscan red with keystones on the nose and Pennsylvania on each side. Inside the shell it says WILLIAMS REPRODUCTION. However the chassis is pure Lio...
by ex Budd man
Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Pennsylvania Railroad
Topic: Psgr Car Question
Replies: 3
Views: 3760

Re: Psgr Car Question

Could it be GT-1 or GT-2. These were Budd built gas turbine powered cars, one of which was equipped with third rail shoes. Just a guess without seeing the picture.
by ex Budd man
Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Amtrak ACS-64 664 on SEPTA
Replies: 45
Views: 19604

Re: Amtrak ACS-64 664 on SEPTA

asc-64.jpg
In the house at Wayne Junction.
The ACS-64 arrived at Wayne Junction yesterday. It will be testing along the West Trenton line this week, probably mid day and evenings.
by ex Budd man
Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Surviving Silverliner IIs and IIIs
Replies: 21
Views: 5087

Re: Surviving Silverliner IIs and IIIs

There was a II and a III at Wayne Junction before I retired in early December. I believe 9001, 269 and a unnumbered III are all that remain.
by ex Budd man
Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA Frazer Shop and Yard Expansion
Replies: 1
Views: 1712

Re: SEPTA Frazer Shop and Yard Expansion

Oh sure, they do this AFTER I retire!! ;-)
by ex Budd man
Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Pennsylvania Railroad
Topic: B6 Switcher Question
Replies: 1
Views: 2903

Re: B6 Switcher Question

AFAIK the drive axles on all locomotives were equalized. Usually one end of the spring rigging was connected to the engine frame and through links went from axle to axle and back to the frame. Many times the lead and trailing trucks were interconnected to the drivers.
by ex Budd man
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Silverliner II Original (1960's) Interiors
Replies: 11
Views: 4303

Re: Silverliner II Original (1960's) Interiors

No, the SL-LVs were built with fixed seats. The IIs and IIIs were flip over seats until probably 1990 or so. At first they were drilled and bolted but "somehow" the bolts went missing. Then they were welded for a more permanent fix. As a side note the seats in the Pioneer cars were different, having...
by ex Budd man
Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:40 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SLV and IV in the same Consist?
Replies: 6
Views: 2741

Re: SLV and IV in the same Consist?

I recall a video somewhere of a mixed consist some time ago. Too bad today's transportation agencies don't make everything compatible (as the LIRR did for anything from MP54 to MP75). At least the Budd (II), St. Louis (III) and GE (IV) Silverliners were indeed interchangeable and compatible (not su...
by ex Budd man
Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Adios 615 & 622
Replies: 55
Views: 23040

Re: Adios 615 & 622

jackintosh11 wrote:Are there any pictures?
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by ex Budd man
Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Why 64 Volts?
Replies: 11
Views: 8017

Re: Why 64 Volts?

Great info, I'm always asked by newbies "is it 64volts or 72 volts?" If you 'do the math' battery voltage is 64vDC, but charging voltage must be higher thus 72-74vDC.Just as with an automobile battery/charging system where a fully charged battery is 12.5vDC and the alternator output is 14.5vDC.
by ex Budd man
Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Adios 615 & 622
Replies: 55
Views: 23040

Re: Adios 615 & 622

The gel trains are currently running every evening except Saturday. They will probably run through November or until most leaves have fallen.

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