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At the stroke of midnight the last of our 48-car M6 fleet recently departed from track 6 in New Haven. The final journey began when a CSX freight locomotive pulled the seven remaining cars (nos. 9019-9069-9018-9010-9065-9061 and 9011) from the station. For three weeks, those last and final cars traveled over 500 miles before arriving at their destination, the Frontier Industrial Corp. (aka FICX) in Ashtabula, Ohio.Not sure what, if anything, is left of the 2's and 4's.
In service for 22 years, the entire M6 fleet had reliably served millions of our customers
The fleet of A, B and D cars (there were no C’s), was originally built by the Morrison Knudsen Company of Boise, ID, as a triplet Electric Multiple Unit (EMU, a train that consists of self-propelled carriages).
Metro-North began removing the M6 fleet from service three years ago as new M8 trains arrived to replace them.
Previously parts of our discontinued fleet have gone on to even greater service. Among them, two cars (nos. 9014 /9015) were donated to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and another two cars (nos. 9030/9031) found a new home at the MTA Canine Training Academy in Stormville, NY where they will continue in public service for years to come.
Story by Jim Heimbeucher and Gina Bigelow