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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by bostontrainguy
 
gokeefe wrote:
BandA wrote:It's a pitty, wouldn't this be the perfect set for the Downeaster?
Without getting in to a discussion of suitability based on technical specifications .... It's actually far too small for the Downeaster's current passenger counts.

If platform height wasn't an issue the Talgo trainsets might have been an option.
The UA TurboTrain with similar floor height cars used high-level platforms with a clever door/step vestibule design.
  by Ridgefielder
 
bostontrainguy wrote:
gokeefe wrote:
BandA wrote:It's a pitty, wouldn't this be the perfect set for the Downeaster?
Without getting in to a discussion of suitability based on technical specifications .... It's actually far too small for the Downeaster's current passenger counts.

If platform height wasn't an issue the Talgo trainsets might have been an option.
The UA TurboTrain with similar floor height cars used high-level platforms with a clever door/step vestibule design.
Using the Flying Yankee as a regular Downeaster consist is like using a 1935 Hudson Terraplane as your everyday car.
  by jaymac
 
Those who own operable Terraplanes would resent the simile, as would those who are restoring Terraplanes.
  by MEC407
 
I'm not sure if Mr. Cowford follows this thread, but he might agree that the Yankee would be a more appropriately-sized and more fuel-efficient vehicle for the Portland-Brunswick service. :wink:
  by FLRailFan1
 
Ridgefielder wrote:
bostontrainguy wrote:
gokeefe wrote:
BandA wrote:It's a pitty, wouldn't this be the perfect set for the Downeaster?
Without getting in to a discussion of suitability based on technical specifications .... It's actually far too small for the Downeaster's current passenger counts.

If platform height wasn't an issue the Talgo trainsets might have been an option.
The UA TurboTrain with similar floor height cars used high-level platforms with a clever door/step vestibule design.
Using the Flying Yankee as a regular Downeaster consist is like using a 1935 Hudson Terraplane as your everyday car.
You mean I shouldn't drive my Terraplane as my everyday car? Ok, how about my '54 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser? Or my 1913 Pope Hartford?
  by NRGeep
 
It could be converted into a stationary Gala event super diner. Items from within the Yankee could be slowly auctioned off after dessert! :(
  by Ridgefielder
 
FLRailFan1 wrote: You mean I shouldn't drive my Terraplane as my everyday car? Ok, how about my '54 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser? Or my 1913 Pope Hartford?
The Pope Hartford is fine, but only if you wear a duster and motoring goggles.
  by MEC407
 
NRGeep wrote:It could be converted into a stationary Gala event super diner. Items from within the Yankee could be slowly auctioned off after dessert! :(
Our old friend Paul Joyce is shaking his fist from the great train room upstairs...
  by CarterB
 
Stuff it....mount it....display it............and nevermore dream about it.
  by daylight4449
 
CarterB wrote:Stuff it....mount it....display it............and nevermore dream about it.
Or, back to my earlier suggestion... Junk the damn thing and be done with it!
  by Ridgefielder
 
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington #9 spent what, 60 years sitting in a barn on a Connecticut farm? Just because nobody has the money to fix the Yankee right now doesn't mean it will never be done.
  by MEC407
 
Fair point.

But I think the issue with the Yankee is that it's so much larger than #9 and no one really wants to store it, including its current landlord. If there was someone who had a covered space large enough for the Yankee and was willing to store it indefinitely, that would certainly change the conversation.
  by bostontrainguy
 
So maybe a static display at the Hobo or Clark's? It's already there.
  by MEC407
 
They don't want it.
  by RRFAN
 
If the hobo or Clarks wanted it, it would most likely go to the hobo because Clarks is all about small logging steam locos. It wouldn't look right there.
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