Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by Traingeek3629
 
I noticed them on Track 6 last week, I was wondering why they were there.
  by wilwel1024
 
Several, perhaps 6, were in a westbound CSX freight train passing through Laurel, Maryland at almost 4:00 this afternoon.
  by DutchRailnut
 
actually 7 and so all ex SPV's have left the property, mn has removed them from timetable, never to be seen again.
  by glennk419
 
Seven of the SPV's headed south through Ashland, VA on Friday evening 6/8:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfXk5IIu2TE

Having seen these cars being built at Red Lion and testing on the ex-Reading, glad to see that they are still even around.
  by Backshophoss
 
Is the SPV at DRM the remains of ConnDOT 50,aka Lizzie?
  by DutchRailnut
 
no, SPV #50 was scrapped after lingering in Cedar hill for years, the car got wrecked on Danbury when it hit a 5 foot boulder between Branchville and Georgetown.
  by CVRA7
 
Former Metro-North SPV car 293 is at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, Willimantic, CT. It is in roughly as-built configuration, likely the last one in that condition.
  by Jeff Smith
 
Bump... doing the merge...
  by jhdeasy
 
H.F.Malone wrote: Wed May 30, 2018 8:45 pm The ones not going to Grapevine in Texas are going to Foxville & Northern in NC.
The consist of the 2019 Autumn Colors Express (successor
to the defunct New River Trains) between Huntington and Hinton WV on October 25-26-27 (2019) is planned to include 6 of these former SPV-2000 coaches. This is contingent on the cars passing their Amtrak private car inspections in time for the three Amtrak special trains. These cars are the cheapest seats in the excursion, as most of the other cars are higher end private varnish including multiple dome cars.
  by jhdeasy
 
jhdeasy wrote: Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:32 am
H.F.Malone wrote: Wed May 30, 2018 8:45 pm The ones not going to Grapevine in Texas are going to Foxville & Northern in NC.
The consist of the 2019 Autumn Colors Express (successor
to the defunct New River Trains) between Huntington and Hinton WV on October 25-26-27 (2019) is planned to include 6 of these former SPV-2000 coaches. This is contingent on the cars passing their Amtrak private car inspections in time for the three Amtrak special trains. These cars are the cheapest seats in the excursion, as most of the other cars are higher end private varnish including multiple dome cars.
The first of the three 2019 ACE excursions departed Huntington WV this morning, and none of the former SPV-2000 coaches were in the train’s consist. The excursion operators leased two Amtrak Horizon cars to take the place of the six Constitution Liners planned for the trips.

I’ve heard (secondhand) that none of those cars, owned by Foxville and Northern Railway in North Carolina, attained the necessary Amtrak certification as private cars.
  by jhdeasy
 
Six former Constitution Liners, now with a fresh COTS and Amtrak private car inspections, are parked on one of the house tracks at Amtrak’s Savannah station.

They are planned to move:
SAV to WAS, Amtrak train 90(15)
WAS to CHI, Amtrak train 29(16)

They are scheduled for use in some Polar Express special trains in Chicago-land.