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  by MBTA F40PH-2C 1050
 
Rbts Stn wrote:
MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote:
Rbts Stn wrote:I guess just an engine isn't technically a consist, but PAR 601 just went barreling by here on her own, heading northwest
where is here?
Rbts Stn . Took me awhile to pick the screen name!
haha very unique, I like it...now I know where you were
  by jaymac
 
On 07-15-2013 at 0737, 1009(W) and 1007 were shoving the rest of 412 IB at Shirley. Both screamers seemed to be living up to the name.
  by Rbts Stn
 
jaymac wrote:On 07-15-2013 at 0737, 1009(W) and 1007 were shoving the rest of 412 IB at Shirley. Both screamers seemed to be living up to the name.
Yep. Nearly woke me up just before 8:30AM
  by AEM7AC920
 
Problematic locos... The 1007 is the one that had the crankcase button pop twice within the last month and I believe the 1008 had the same problem today which is why it's paired with the 1015.
  by ck4049
 
1008 spent some time in the deadline recently behind BET. Seems crankcase problems are becoming more of a problem for the screamers lately, but age can do that to a locomotive.
  by ACeInTheHole
 
ck4049 wrote:1008 spent some time in the deadline recently behind BET. Seems crankcase problems are becoming more of a problem for the screamers lately, but age can do that to a locomotive.
How would you rate their maintenence? Good? When you bad order a loco for a problem does the problem get addressed to your satisfaction? A bunch of different factors can play into it, not just age.
  by AEM7AC920
 
The maintenance has been a lot better vs the past.. Locos that have been oos for problems have been paired with another engine when being put back in service, the screamers that were running around with bad turbos have all been repaired. Even most of the geeps are pretty reliable after the rebuild, they even claim all of the a/c's were checked before the summer and I can say half actually work somewhat... Anyhow the locos are old things are going to happen even with preventive maintenance.
  by dth9269
 
Engine #3249 headed outbound at West Cambridge just now (10AM EDT) with some looooooong steel rails on three flatcars, and the orange caboose at the end...

UPDATE: ...and just returned ~1:05PM, with some rusty steel rails in their place.
  by dth9269
 
Engine #3247 outbound at West Cambridge just now (~9:50AM EDT), hauling a black tanker ("Water Only" stenciled on the side) and a yellow vehicle with various types of equipment (including perhaps a generator?).

UPDATE: The locomotive returned inbound, alone, at ~10:35.

Dan
  by mdamico23
 
[quote="dth9269"]Engine #3247 outbound at West Cambridge just now (~9:50AM EDT), hauling a black tanker ("Water Only" stenciled on the side) and a yellow vehicle with various types of equipment (including perhaps a generator?).

UPDATE: The locomotive returned inbound, alone, at ~10:35.

That sounds like the "Slippery Rail" train that they run in the Fall. They fill the tanker with water and then the generator is basically hooked up to high-pressure washer which is then sprayed on the rails and knocks leaves and other gunk off of the rails, thereby improving traction for the locomotive. Somebody uploaded a video of it last year. The "Water Only" tanker spent most of last summer at the West Cambridge maintenance facility. I haven't seen it recently, so maybe it is being prepped for service again this year.

-Mike
  by agarturbo
 
That was the rail washer that you saw this morning. I saw 3247 hauling it away from BET from the 408 this morning. At last report there were 2 of these contraptions in the system. Didn't happen to notice which one this was as it went by. I figured it was headed for the West Cambridge maintenance facility to get a tune-up for the upcoming fall.
  by MBTA F40PH-2C 1050
 
agarturbo wrote:That was the rail washer that you saw this morning. I saw 3247 hauling it away from BET from the 408 this morning. At last report there were 2 of these contraptions in the system. Didn't happen to notice which one this was as it went by. I figured it was headed for the West Cambridge maintenance facility to get a tune-up for the upcoming fall.
The other rail washer unit is currently calling the west end of Trk 1 in Readville yard home
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