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Everything posted by andrethebusman

  1. We are talking about reassigning "build slots" in the production plan. WMATA had 58 buses that had been put on the planned build schedule, and WMATA gave up these slots to CTA, with NFIL assigning 58 later slots to WMATA instead. There was a similar deal where CTA gave up some production slots to Baltimore MTA which needed the buses sooner than CTA needed the 4300s. In cases like this, the resulting vehicle is not necessarily what was originally on order, though if the change is made soon before production starts, some components might have already be at the builder, so they will be used, but
  2. Check section F for disposition dates. 2019 2nd Quarter Rolling Stock Report ( 06-30-2019).pdf
  3. 2019 Metra inventory 2019 2nd Quarter Rolling Stock Report ( 06-30-2019).pdf
  4. The last effort at a pure battery switcher was Railpower's Green Goat, pretty much a dismal failure. Not sure if any even exist any more. RJ Corman bought out Railpower, didn't get too far either. NS tried to build something too, same result. Now GE has a prototype electric ET44 in.CA, it has to stay with two real ET44s as it is basically just used to make up and break train in yards and just along for the ride en route, so yard emissions can be reduced. CA clean air mandate, not practical use.
  5. Most likely Knoxville, as they have been (re)building all sorts of oddballs. Wabtec and Progress basically only doing road freighters, again mostly converting old ones DC to AC, very few new. Siemens only doing Chargers.
  6. Roof tanks seem to be because with underfloor tanks a leak can get into body, roof just goes into atmosphere. Also less likely to get damaged in accident.
  7. Departures 2020 6424 4/2 6431 4/7 6443 4/2 6457 3/23 6462 3/25 6484 3/20 6519 4/2 6672 4/2 6725 3/23 6757 3/30 6768 3/20 6832 4/8 6432 11/23 6453 11/12 6460 11/12 6497 12/11 6559 12/17 6614 11/25 6680 11/24 6702 12/11 6704 11/30 6742 11/17 6748 11/11 6778 12/16 6782 12/10 6829 12/18 6841 12/10 6844 12/3 6845 11/23 6866 12/16
  8. Departures 2020: 2661 9/15/20 Warner Bros Studios (Following all to Scrap Metal Services): 2542 10/22/2 2653-54 11/4/20, 1/4/20 2754 10/20/20 2847-48 11/3/20, 11/2/20 2907-08 10/26/20, 11/2/20 2980 10/23/20 3007-08 11/5/20, 11/5/20
  9. January 2021 listing SPacebus_So21010612080.pdf
  10. First 4 20300s are in Aurora, so quite sure they are small.
  11. 20300s and 20500s starting to come in. Not all in as of 1/11, most still at Acceptance
  12. Public transit will have a lot smaller part to play in cities for years to come I'm afraid. This has caused permanent changes in how the world works and shops, and a permanent reduction the need for mobility is probably a long term result. There will always be a need for some transit, as there will always be a "captive audience", but the glory days are likely over. But look at it like this. If most short distance travel will be by car, a battery car with a 200 mile range will suffice very nicely!
  13. Realistically, public transit in 2021 will resemble public transit in 1971. If it wasn't around then, it probably won't be around now. Not just here, nationwide. Municipal operations probably will do better than transit authorities unless they have taxing authority. Metra feeders you can forget about. Most parking lots will never fill up again.
  14. I will confirm artics easier to turn. 60 footer turns like 35 footer as trailer follows where middle axle goes. Middle clears, so will tail.
  15. Multicolor digital signs existed at least since 2001, when Sacramento CA got some.
  16. Clearances were a big issue in TT days. About 6 to 9 inches below bridge. Many cases wires were placed close to curb so center of underpass had more clearance. Remember however that in 1940s trucks were only about 10 foot tall. 13'6" is only from about 1980s, and for years big rigs had severe restrictions moving around the city. Many had to follow very indirect routings.
  17. Runs that do school trippers have a "school" schedule and a "no school" schedule. If schools do not open they just run the "no school" paddle
  18. As of June 15, 4300,7900,7901 not listed as active, but 804 is...
  19. 4300 seems to be like 7900. 7900 has spent much of its life at Greenwood, but apparently has been used in service time to time.
  20. Seems to be the pattern at most systems now. Orders are do large compatibility with older types does not matter. New York now keeps each type separate, which was not the case from 1948 thru late 80s when most were fully compatible and could and did run in mixed trains.
  21. Actually they have moved about the scrap pile several times over the years, last time about 2015.
  22. 4300 has been a training bus at Greenwood for several years now.
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