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by Finch
Sun May 21, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Plan to use Track 61 as a Red Line test track
Replies: 22
Views: 7761

Re: Seaport District to Back Bay DMU Plan

I agree, the mostly-common design should be mostly proven out by the time the Orange Line pilot cars are qualified. But the thing that is no different from previous procurements is that every single car will be qualified before it enters revenue service, including the Red Line cars. This is as much ...
by Finch
Sat May 20, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Plan to use Track 61 as a Red Line test track
Replies: 22
Views: 7761

Plan to use Track 61 as a Red Line test track

Using track 61 to test Red Line cars insane. I can't imagine any reason they can't use the South Shore line after service (which ends prior to Ashmont service) or use the Cabot leads as F-Line suggested. $23m to temporarily electrify a section of track which won't carry a single passenger is an abs...
by Finch
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Pullman-Standard (1500s & 1600s) and UTDC (1700s) on the RL
Replies: 9
Views: 3711

Re: Pullman-Standard (1500s & 1600s) and UTDC (1700s) on the

MBTA3247 wrote:
Finch wrote:Also, one of the 1500/1600 fleets (I shamefully forget which, I think 1600s) has only a single air compressor for each married pair.
That would be the 01600s. The 01500s were originally built as individual cars, not married pairs.
Thanks for the confirmation.
by Finch
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Pullman-Standard (1500s & 1600s) and UTDC (1700s) on the RL
Replies: 9
Views: 3711

Re: Pullman-Standard (1500s & 1600s) and UTDC (1700s) on the

Another big difference that NETransit doesn't mention is that, iirc, the Pullman Standard cars were all aluminum-bodied, hence the original silverbird paintjobs, while the UTDC cars have bodies built out of Cor-Ten steel, which is why they have only been painted in the late 70s Cambridge Seven-insp...
by Finch
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Weekend Service on the chopping block
Replies: 55
Views: 12550

Re: Weekend Service on the chopping block

Just heard on the radio that the governor will not be pursuing the cancellation of weekend service. Nice trial balloon, though.
by Finch
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: 01500/01600/01700 series cam control equipment
Replies: 1
Views: 1893

Re: 01500/01600/01700 series cam control equipment

Nope, they're all still the original pneumatic cam controllers.
by Finch
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Remembering the 01400s
Replies: 292
Views: 64073

Re: Remembering the 01400s

I updated my photo site with some pictures of the cars making their way to Codman after service Monday night. This move was 01477/01480. The pair 01469/01470 was moved late last week. https://sery2831.smugmug.com/Transit/01400s-Red-Line-Work-Train/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Tha...
by Finch
Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Type 7 Overhaul Program
Replies: 558
Views: 193036

Re: Type 7 Overhaul Program

At least 2 of the overhauled trains from Alstom have their slewing bearings and/or center sections installed incorrectly. The slewing bearing keeps the 2 ends of the train together. At least 1 train is missing hardware from the slewing bearing. Isn't there a warranty whereby Alstom would be respons...
by Finch
Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Type 7 Overhaul Program
Replies: 558
Views: 193036

Re: Type 7 Overhaul Program

All vehicle programs have growing pains, which are built into the schedule to whatever degree possible. They'll pick up the production rate as time goes on.
by Finch
Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process
Replies: 731
Views: 197278

Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

BandA wrote:So the shells can be shipped on a Chinese junk, lol.

Isn't fed money usually available for replacement cars?
Yes, Fed money is usually available. MA elected to procure that cars using 100% state money in order to get the process they wanted.
by Finch
Mon May 25, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: MBTA's MPI HSP-46 Locomotives
Replies: 2958
Views: 664562

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

Speaking of distances: the huge billoard-size T logo looks really cool from a distance. I seem to recall that the huge T logo was pooh-pooh'd by many on rr.net back when voting on the paint scheme was underway. I secretly liked it, probably even voted for it. I guess the general public agreed (to m...
by Finch
Thu May 21, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Official T OPTO Discussion(One Man Subway Ops) Rapid Transit
Replies: 279
Views: 49947

Re: Official T OPTO Discussion(One Man Subway Ops) Rapid Tra

I just spent a few days riding the T, as I do once every few years. On a Red Line train going to Braintree I was surprised at a couple of stations in Quincy. The train-operator actually left the cab, walked out onto the island platform, visually scanned the length of the train, then re-entered the ...
by Finch
Wed May 20, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: MBTA's MPI HSP-46 Locomotives
Replies: 2958
Views: 664562

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

eustis22 wrote:I am also curious how the passenger car rides differently based on the locomotive?
I'm guessing the poster was actually operating an HSP, not merely riding in a coach behind it.
by Finch
Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Winter 2015 and Impact on MBTA
Replies: 338
Views: 67466

Re: Winter 2015 and Impact on MBTA

There's a big difference between a very small amount of work equipment workable for clearing snow, and having multiple trainsets of non-revenue equipment to run to keep the line clear. The Red Line has a flat car with plow (built in 1928 by BERy!), four OOS 1400 series work cars, two snowblowers, a...
by Finch
Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Type 7 Overhaul Program
Replies: 558
Views: 193036

Re: Type 7 Overhaul Program

They're literally pulling active cars out of service and sending them to Alstom. I'm surprised they aren't sending ones out that are already out of service for slewing bearing issues, missing parts, draft gear, etc: I completely agree. Send the ones out of service first, instead of just pulling the...

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