MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

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MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by newkirk » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:21 am

The last time I rode this car. It was brought out for us as a charter bus group from NYC. At that time staff told us that they don't normnally run #4153 because of electrical consumption. Yes it ran and ran well.
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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by Kelly&Kelly » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:42 pm

They let us operate that car up and down the track 40 years ago. It has trolley poles added on it and ran just as well as it did in service. Could have been that same day those pictures were taken in 1979. I wonder what it looks like now.

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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by Backshophoss » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:34 pm

Does this museum use a rotary converter or a "solid state inverter" to power the wire?
Branford uses both when the big cars from the subway and PATH are in use.
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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by newkirk » Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:04 pm

Kelly & Kelly wrote: I wonder what it looks like now.
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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by newkirk » Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:17 pm

#4137 at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME (August 21, 2017)
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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by belpaire » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:12 pm

This car is being deaccessioned by the CTM. http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=42810 I can’t imagine either LI railroad museum trying to get it and it’s unlikely to be wanted anywhere else. Hopefully someone will come to its rescue.

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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by newkirk » Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:34 am

belpaire wrote: I can’t imagine either LI railroad museum trying to get it and it’s unlikely to be wanted anywhere else. Hopefully someone will come to its rescue.
The cost of hauling that car back to the "island" would be one thing, but is there any room for it to be stored ?
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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by RGlueck » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:35 am

The car at Kennebunkport is in tought shape, I mean, like "parts shape". The Connecticut MP54 is an entirely different beast, and may be in better condition.

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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by newkirk » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:19 am

RGlueck wrote: The car at Kennebunkport is in tough shape, I mean, like "parts shape". The Connecticut MP54 is an entirely different beast, and may be in better condition.
I'll agree with you on that. Is the alternative cutting them up ? Once they're gone, they're gone for good. Nice if some railfan who hit the Powerball for millions could step in and do something. But I guess I'm just dreaming.
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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by Engineer Spike » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:37 pm

I grew up near the museum. I believe the LIRR was acquired with the help of museum member, and LIRR employee Harry Vallas. He was an engineer, retired 30 years ago, and passed away about 7-8 years ago.

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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by Liquidcamphor » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:46 am

I heard that Harry passed away. I worked with him many times and he was a pretty interesting guy that never changed with the times. As the years go by more and more of our old friends pass on.

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Re: MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

Post by RGlueck » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:09 am

Perhaps someone should make a site visit and check out the MP54 in Connecticut? The Maine one is used for storage and parts, assuming it hasn't been otherwise condemned.

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