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

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  by Pensyfan19
Port Jeff branch closed today for rail testing by the sperry car! Post any future assignments for the sperry car here!

http://service.mta.info/servicestatus/s ... ssage.aspx
(Sorry for the blank page. The website did say the branch was closed today for rail testing with the sperry car.)
  by Pensyfan19
http://service.mta.info/servicestatus/s ... ssage.aspx

Sperry Car on the Montauk branch today!!! Railfans, get your cameras ready!!! :-D

(Sorry again if this link is blank. The website says the Montauk Branch will be closed for rail testing with the spery car.)
To ensure the continuing safety and reliability of the rails, the LIRR will perform ultrasonic tests on the Montauk Branch during midday, off-peak hours, February 3-7 and again February 10-14. As a result, buses will replace trains between Babylon and Patchogue/Speonk from 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM. Rail testing will be performed using the Sperry Rail Car, a bright yellow, self-propelled train car equipped with ultrasonic and induction test equipment. It is designed to detect internal rail defects that are not visible to the naked eye. Defects that are found will be corrected by a crew of LIRR track maintenance workers. Please note: South Fork Commuter Connection trains will run normally on Wednesday & Thursday, as they are not affected by the Sperry Rail Testing program.
  by Pensyfan19
So we are in week 2 of sperry car testing along the montauk branch. Anyone have any pictures or videos of the sperry car recently? :-D
  by photobug56
If and when they detect problems, how long does it take LIRR to fix them?
  by nyandw
Pensyfan19 wrote: Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:43 pm So we are in week 2 of sperry car testing along the montauk branch. Anyone have any pictures or videos of the sperry car recently? :-D
Ditto! :-)

Here's an old rarely seen photo of Sperry #140 at VALLEY 1969 Image
Photo: Steve Hoskins
Last edited by nyandw on Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  by Pensyfan19
That is a great picture! anything of the current Sperry Car's rarely announced run along the good ol' Montauk Branch between Babylon and Patchogue from either last week or if anyone happens to see it sometime this week? It will be running midday during off-peak hours, providing a forecast for great railfanning conditions!
  by Backshophoss
Any defects are repaired/replaced after the Sperry car finds them,a MOW crew follows the Sperry car when testing
  by R36 Combine Coach
nyandw wrote: Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:05 pm Rarely seen photo of Sperry #140 at VALLEY 1969
SRS 140 has a very unique history: it is actually a leftover IRT R33 shell built by St. Louis Car sometime in 1963, but assembled and completed by Sperry in Danbury 1965. The R33 order was for 540 IRT cars, but in late summer of 1963 (likely under influence from Moses, Fair Chairman), there was a push to get some of the new "Blue Arrow" cars to the Flushing Line sooner so all cars would delivered in time for the fair opening in nine months. So the last 40 R33s ended up as single units for the Flushing Line, with large picture windows and two-tone turquoise livery along with 390 R36s (all pairs). However this resulted in some leftover R33 shells for the IRT Main Line ("conventional" equipment in bright red with yellow grab irons, standard drop sash windows). 34 of the leftover R33 shells were assembled and delivered at the tail end of the R36 order between late July 1964 and early 1965 and known as "Main Line R36s", completing the 424 car R36 order. These would be the very last passenger equipment in North America with the conventional drop sash windows (excluding historic replicas). Other leftover R33 shells at St. Louis remained and Sperry purchased at least one, which became 140. 140 is now in private ownership in Australia.

So in a sense Sperry 140 owes its existence to Moses, with the rush for new cars on the Flushing Line in time for the fair resulting in leftover R33 shells at St. Louis Car Company.
  by Pensyfan19
This is very interesting information about SRS 140! However does anyone have any footage of the current sperry car which is currently testing?
  by Pensyfan19
So... Two weeks of rail adhesion testing between babylon and montauk with the sperry car. Anyone have any footage of it testing within the past two weeks? I believe the sperry car which usually runs on the LIRR is SRS 128.