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Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.

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  by CRail
 
RenegadeMonster wrote: Also noticed a lot more locomotives are have a round MassDOT sticker on the front?
Is that a question or a statement?

The MBTA is part of MassDOT, therefor its assets are not changing hands.
  by BandA
 
MassDOT is the mothership, MBTA the subsidiary. Perhaps the equipment is supposedly surplus, perhaps MBTA doesn't have the budget & MassDOT is paying for an overhaul "off the books", maybe because work isn't being done at BET or under an MBTA contract, so they paper transfer the ownership to avoid "trouble"
  by RenegadeMonster
 
Yes, I saw it yesterday.

It was part of a set with 2 engines. Both engines on the outbound side.

I have seen quite a few sets like this recently. What's the purpose of the two engines on one side?
  by MBTA3247
 
It's typically done for one of two reasons: both engines are ailing, with one providing traction and the other HEP; or one has just come out of the shop after being repaired and the second loco is there for insurance if the repair doesn't hold up.
  by Diverging Route
 
RenegadeMonster wrote:Yes, I saw it yesterday.

It was part of a set with 2 engines. Both engines on the outbound side.

I have seen quite a few sets like this recently. What's the purpose of the two engines on one side?
The 011 was still paired with 1070 this morning. It was on 305, and broke down at Winchester Center, resuming its trip about 15 minutes late.

Two engines can be one of a number of things:
* One of the engines is just back from major repairs and the second is to serve as a protect
* One engine has no HEP and the other has no prime mover; as a pair they serve as one engine
* I'm sure there are others...
  by RenegadeMonster
 
There seems to be a lot more sets of all flats as of late.

There is one dreaded set of 4 flats. And at least 2 others of 5 flats that I have seen.

Also, the randomness of sets it getting more chaotic. The train I catch from Salem in the morning can bounce from 6 cars which include 2 double deckers to the 4 car flat set (standing room only).
  by RenegadeMonster
 
Last night 173 has two engines on the front. The lead one looked to be a F40PHM-2C with a HSP behind it.

Also a note of oddity. This morning there was a Pan Am Passenger Train at North Station.
  by dieciduej
 
RenegadeMonster wrote:Also a note of oddity. This morning there was a Pan Am Passenger Train at North Station.
PAR's business train doing business!
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  by RenegadeMonster
 
The past week and a half I have noticed the train sets are either 6 cars or 4 with over crowding.

No 5 car sets, at least on the trains I take. Every other trip seems to be alternating between 6 and 4 cars almost. No consistency.


Anyone know if they will be adding additional cars to sets on the Eastern this week like they did last year for Halloween?
  by Mbtagp40mc
 
Whoa. 1513, what are you doing up there? Get back down south where you belong.
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  by RenegadeMonster
 
Was just about to post about 1513 as well. I saw it at North Station this morning leading a set on Track 1.

First time I have ever saw a 15XX on the North Side.
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