October 2016

October 2016

It’s been busy for the last week or so!  We have been running six-car trains in the Valley and nine-car trains in the Notch.  Those combined fifteen cars make up our entire serviceable fleet with the exception of the Budd Car.  GP9 #1751 has been doing the honors on the Valley train and GP35 #216 and GP38 #252 have been hauling the Notch Train.

We recently installed a new governor on the 252 as the old one was acting up.  What a difference!  252 is now more powerful than ever before, and we have noticed a serious reduction in the amount of crankcase oil that is being consumed.  A casual review of the weekly fuel slips also indicates that 252 is considerably more fuel efficient than 216. Of course, 216 is rated for 500 HP more than 252.  (2500 vs. 2000).  The pair make for excellent power on the Notch Train, and the combined duo’s dynamic brakes work extremely well on the long steep grades that we have in Crawford Notch.

We recently moved the Maine Central RPO car into the shop for some basic repairs and a paint job.

That’s all for now.   Keep it SAFE!




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