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Bosco

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  1. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    9017 is being prepped for final assembly at Yonkers.
  2. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    The R142/As also never had provisions for CBTC, at least not initially. That's why the R142As needed the extensive rebuild to become R188s, and why the original TOD is only one screen. Yes, all future B-division cars will be 60 feet. The R211s will also be 60 feet.
  3. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    I'm hoping (don't want to jinx) that this will impact the R179, but... https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ttc-bombardier-streetcars-welding-problem-quebec-1.4732985
  4. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    Out of curiosity, has 9003-9004 been spotted on MTA property or en route to NY? It's the only pilot pair I haven't seen either at MTA or Yonkers.
  5. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    Yes, but Byford's plan calls for CBTC for Lexington within the next five years, not ten as originally planned. This means a new contract would need to come sooner, and then there's the issue of scrapping the R62/As too early (although those can be used as work trains). The other issue long-term is even if the money is there, how quickly can new cars be built? Kawasaki will be backlogged through 2025 assuming all R211 options are exercised, Bombardier has a lot of work to do before they regain the MTA's trust, and Alstom will be busy with Acela through 2022. That means the earliest new cars for the A division can start coming is 2023-4, and that's assuming an ideal situation, which is not the case here. I am interested to see what happens though regarding post-R211 contracts as the industry has had a lot of shake-ups in recent years.
  6. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    Agreed. While I'm cautiously optimistic about Byford's plans, achieving the level of CBTC he wants will not only require both option orders of R211s, but potentially a third and a new contract for the A division.
  7. Bosco

    R188 Discussion Thread

    So the is almost exactly 50/50 R142 and R142A... What's the story with 7661-7665 though? Was that the set that died and was sitting in Westchester for awhile? Also, has serviced been increased on the or or do those extra R142s just serve as spares for both lines?
  8. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    The three propulsion systems for the M8 are catenary, and two for the dual current collector. The M8 collectors can run on overhanging (LIRR) or underhanging (MNR) third rails. This is because the M8s were designed to be able to run into Penn Station, should that ever happen. While the M7, M8, and M9 propulsions are all supplied by Melco and all use AC traction motors, there are improvements such as size and different pitch curves that affect the sound of the propulsion. Let's not forget also that the M7 propulsion package is over 15 years old, and the M8 propulsion package is almost 10 years old. The electronics of rail cars evolve very, very quickly, and it's the electronics that dictate the propulsion sound. While the R179s and R160s are very similar in terms of overall design, there are actually many electrical differences between the two.
  9. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    He's currently the VP. Another good guy (many of the people there have great experience and there's a lot to learn from them). Welcome aboard! Definitely a great time to be working at Kawasaki.
  10. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    Was not aware of this, and the current double-decker trains won't be able to clear ESA anyway. 9015 (along with 9016) are currently being assembled inside Yonkers.
  11. Bosco

    R188 Discussion Thread

    What about the 240 St units that are on the ? If those are being loaned indefinitely, shouldn't they also get those LEDs? It was really stupid of them to separate 1921-1925 in the first place, perhaps they could reunify that set.
  12. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    1. The yellow M9s were the original paint scheme. The reason being (which is why the M3s and M7s are also yellow) is to increase visibility at grade crossings. The color was changed when Emperor Cuomo stepped in and wanted the stripe added like the R160 and R211. As this was in the middle of production/delivery of the pilot trains, some cars received it, while others have the original scheme. At least one car (I think either 9005 or 9006) has yellow outside the cab windows, but a silver cab door. 2. Needless to say, the double-decker trains increase capacity. However, only the diesel trains can be double-decker because the EMUs require individual modules for the propulsion, battery, etc. The double-decker cars are powerless, so all they need are the HVACs (which IINM are roof-mounted; correct me if I’m wrong) , some electricity for the lighting and doors, and air for the brakes. And the air supply and electricity comes from the diesel locomotive.
  13. Bosco

    M-9 Discussion

    First production car (9016) waiting for final assembly in Yonkers.
  14. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    They went up to Bombardier a few months ago and they might also be doing tests there since the MTA is short on resources (which was one of the reasons they're doing the mods at Bombardier). Either way, the priority is the 4-car sets, so the production 5-car sets likely won't be built under the bulk of the 4-car sets are done.
  15. Bosco

    R179 Discussion Thread

    An interesting program change. When it's OOS entirely, the LCD screen also displays "Route Change: This map is not in use." I know it's been asked a lot, but are there any updates on 3070-3077? I understand they probably needed to make modifications, but how many modifications were necessary given that it's a production set?

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