• MP-54 #4153 At CT Trolley Museum

  • Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.
Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

Moderator: Liquidcamphor

  by newkirk
 
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.
  by Kelly&Kelly
 
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.
  by Backshophoss
 
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.
  by newkirk
 
Kelly & Kelly wrote: I wonder what it looks like now.
July 30, 2016
  by newkirk
 
#4137 at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME (August 21, 2017)
  by newkirk
 
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 ?
  by RGlueck
 
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.
  by newkirk
 
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.
  by Engineer Spike
 
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.
  by Liquidcamphor
 
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.
  by RGlueck
 
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.