Two New-To-Me Locomotives for MBTA!

New-to-Me MP36 at South Station with passengers disembarking

The riding public was treated today to the sight of two brand-new-to-me locomotives that the MBTA purchased from the Utah Transit Authority.  (Yes, Utah has a transit authority, which has a surplus of trains in preparation for a big expansion in service scheduled for 2013-14).  One of the two locomotives made its first service run today and met a contingent of reporters and VIPs at South Station.  (Note to reporters: let the riders disembark before trying to board yourselves).  The Worcester-to-Boston service was only 20 minutes late, so riders were not eligible for a complementary fare.  Incidentally, the train also had two locomotives — the new one on the front and the usual one on the back.  Not taking any chances with mechanical problems, these transit bigwigs.

Side view

Originally the T planned to purchase or lease as many as nine new-to-me locomotives from the Utah Transit Authority with delivery beginning in the fall 2010, but that number appears to have been cut back and the delivery delayed. Even so, the new locomotive was a welcome shot of good press for the MBTA during a dreary stretch of winter weather.  The units are said to be a little bit more fuel efficient while also being a little bit more powerful than the MBTA’s existing stable of geriatric locomotives.  The press releases don’t mention a model number, which apparently is a variant of Motive Power’s MP36.

3 thoughts on “Two New-To-Me Locomotives for MBTA!

  1. Most attention to MBTA expenses usually focuses on new rolling stock, but the agency spends most of its money on operations and maintenance. That’s where it loses big time. MBTA is budgeting most equipment for 35 years of service life or less.

    See the draft FY08-FY13 capital investmeent plan:

    Well maintained heavy equipment works 50 or more years. Most MBTA equipment is not maintained well enough to last that long. Among the few exceptions are PCC light rail cars used for the Mattapan line, acquired in 1945 and used on the Green line until about 1980.

  2. Do you have any information regarding the legal carrying capacity of a typical MBTA subway car? I highly doubt that the “B” line cattle car is legal.


  3. I have a picture somewhere of the paint wearing off of the steps to the cabs and the UTA red white and blue paint underneath. Great units.

    Model MP36PH-3C. Hope they serve you guys well, I sure do like how they look running around the Salt Lake valley.

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