Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by Pensyfan19
 
robelybasis wrote: Sun Dec 05, 2021 3:45 pm Does anybody know the status of the 66/94 (idk which) additional M8s coming into service and what they will be used for. Was SLE use planned with these cars and how many cars of the fleet will be earmarked for SLE?
I would think so, but I'm not sure if the SLE logo will be placed on the M8s in addition to the CDOT and/or Metro North Logo.

On an unrelated note, that is a great profile picture! Was that taken at the Siemens plant by any chance, based on the pole on the top left corner?
  by johnpbarlow
 
Apologies for the poor quality screen captures off the Deshler live cam but I think 4 CDOT M8s were on the marker of CSX manifest Q566 (Barr Yd Chicago to Collinwood OH) as it crossed the Deshler diamond Friday evening 12/10/21 at 2222.
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  by Jeff Smith
 
I'm certain the 8's will be in pool service; if they're crossing the division post in New Haven, there will be a crew change from Amtrak crews to MNRR crews. So Amtrak SLE crews will have to qualify on the 8's. It's also possible that the SLE runs that terminate in Stamford may "turn" for MNRR runs, i.e. become Stamford locals, or New Canaan line sets. The new stub track 7 in Stamford may be where they turn; kinda makes sense.

As for consist lengths, 4 minimum of course. You could set these up as 5 cars, too, using the 8's "S" cars placed between two A/B sets. A train this short would likely not go to GCT, so that if CtDOT wants to exert some control over the additional cars, this would be a way to do it.

All of the latest order option cars are CtDOT cars, as are the "S" cars. For the original M8 order, I think the split was 60% CtDOT/40% NYS, including the original options.
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