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Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:46 pm

This the M&N's diesel repair shops. Mt, Clare is located in the city of Baltimore and served as the starting point of the B&O in the 1830's. The very first mile of US railroad was in what is now the Mt.Clare yard. The shops are primarily used for locomotive repair and maintainence, but has done complete overhauls and rebuilds. The complex has storage tracks holding diesels from the late 1940's all the way up to the mid 1990's, and has parts for almost any locomotive. With the recent purchase of Evolution-series and AC4400CWs, the shops now carry parts for those engines. The M&N's roster of Electric locomotives are serviced here too. Diesels maybe serviced at the Cumberland shops, but that is primarily steam. Anything having to do with the M&N diesels will be posted here.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:34 pm

Some interesting visitors to our Mt.Clare shops. In addition to M&N diesels, a pair of NS C40-9Ws and a CSX SD50 are receiving minor engine work. The NS units are 8890 and 8901. The CSX unit is 8522.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:25 pm

The CSX SD50 is getting its turbo replaced. the NS power left overnight.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:44 pm

E44s #1 and #4 are in shops for rectifier work.
E60C #8 in shops for pantograph work (broken lift springs)
ES44AC #501 in shops after minor derailment, front pilot is being bent back into shape.
E-8 # 505 is being rebuilt into CE-8 #17
E-8 #506 is being rebuilt into CE-8 #18
CE-8B #15B is getting new gaskets on #2 primemover.
E-9 #700 is being converted to a CE-9T. it will have a Isolated cab from a ex-CR SD60I and the hoods from 2 GP40s

Visiting power:
CSX AC4400CW #7 is in for an oil change.
CSX RDMT (GP35) #2203(arrived with #7)
NS BP4: for evaluation of possible dock switcher in design.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:33 pm

shop updates:
For Chessie System:
Chessie System ES44AC #4400 is getting a final coat of Blue paint. The yellow will be applied when blue dries.
CSX AC4400CW #1 will be repainted as Chessie System 4411. CSX #7310 will be repainted as Chessie System 4000. CSXT 4831 will be repainted as Chessie 4300.
CSXT 6063 (GM50) has been paint stripped and has a coat of grey primer. 6063 will recieve its first coat of gold tomorrow.
For M&N:
ES44AC #502 has been sent from Martinsburg to Mt.Clare for turbo replacement.
E7a #810a is getting dynamic break grid replaced after it burned out.
PA-1 #2001a is in shops for a blown piston, its will have its 244 removed and replaced with a 251E from a C636, its new designation will be a PA-5.
C415 #78 is getting its radiator fan replaced as well as a routine inspection.
RS11 # 77 is in shops for inspecton and a oil change.
PB-1 #R-1 is in shops for a new generator and alternator.
For the H&F:
GG20B #1 is in shops for inspections.

From the rebuild program:
CE-8A #17a is complete and will enter service tomorrow.
CE-8B #16B and 17B are complete and will enter service tomorrow.
E-9a #900 will be stripped to frame for CE-9 program.

Electrics:
E44 #3 is in shops for pantograph replacement.
E60C #8 is in shops for computer reset.
EL12SW #14 is getting a new cab heater.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:49 pm

The first Chessie ES44AC has been completed. It has been added to active roster. It is #4400. Chessie 4401 has arrived from Erie in full paint and has been added to roster. 4402 has also arrived from Erie. 4404 and 4405 will be painted in the Mt.Clare shops.

MNTX 503 has arrived from Erie in B&O "Royal Blue)" paint. MNTX 504 will be in WM "Circus".
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:49 pm

We will produce the CE-8 rebuild locomotive for any road who wants them. We currently have 22 E-8A and E-8B in our backlot that will be rebuilt into CE-8 roadunits. If anyone is interested, the basic CE-8A will be sold for $500,000 and the CE-8B will go for $450,000. The CE-9 (not a rebuilt E-9) is a turbocharged version of the CE-8. The CE-9 goes for $700,000.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:26 pm

Currently, the M&N has a bunch of historical and iconic locomotives, locomotives like GM50, PRR S-2 steam turbine, N&W A,Y, and J-classes, and a few others. Well, our "scouts" have found another, lying underneath a heap of scrap in Upstate New York. It the sole survivor and unfortunately, the other unit was scrapped years ago. Under the mount of scrap was a Baldwin DR-12-8-1500/2, better known as the Centipede. The Centipede was a twin unit heavy locomotive and rarely was seperated, but this one was. This is a former PRR unit and from what the scouts said, it has no internals at all and no trucks. It is an empty shell. We are thinking of purchasing this unit due to its rarity, but since it is such a terrible state it may not fall thru. If we do, this unit will not ride the rails again for atleast 2-3 years because we would have to track down, or machine new parts. If we cant aquire this unit, the same scrapyard has a RF-16 Sharknose from the NYC. More details will be posted here or the M&N thread.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:36 pm

After further inspection of the Centipede, it has been decided that it is in too bad of shape to be rebuilt. However, in its place, we are purchasing 2 RF-16s. The RF-16s are both former B&O units and are in a fairly good shape. The Sharks will be rebuilt to running condition, but wont have its original Baldwin 608a. It will instead be replaced with a inline GE 8-GEVo primemover, specially designed for the sharks. They will produce 3200hp and will have AC traction motors. The A-B set will have semi-permanent couplers and they will primarily be used as helpers on Sand Patch.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby conrailman75 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:54 pm

Since the MNTC didn't buy the centipede, the RR museum of PA has anounced that with the help of a $300,000 donation from PC that they are going to buy it and give it a cosmetic(i.e. non operating) restoration. PC will assist with helping the museum find a builder to build a set of the unique Baldwin trucks for it. The museum hopes to complete this project by the end of the year so that they can add it to their displays in spring 2014.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:29 pm

The RF-16s have been purchased and will be delivered to the shops this weekend. The Centipede is being purchased by the Penn Central for the RR museum of Pennsylvania.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Sat May 04, 2013 9:16 pm

CE-9 #20 is on the Northwestern for testing and evaluation. The superintendent of locomotive operations has gone down on car #1. The Chessie System has taken the CE-9 and car 1 to the Carolina Southern who is taking the unit to the Northwestern Railroad.

The A-B set of RF-16s have been purchased and are making their way to the shops. General Electric is building a special 8-cylinder GEVo primemover for the Sharks. These are inline engines and put out 2200hp. The Sharks will have AC traction motors and added ballast for extra weight. These will be used as MoW, extra, and reserve helper service. The new designation for these units will be RF-22a and RF-22b.

The AC6000CW that will be built by Lima Locomotive Works will recieve a special paint scheme for the Maryland Department of Tourism. The Unit will be used on special occasions along with the diesel heritage units. The locomotive will run with a train of 6 passenger cars for state sponsored events.

The B&O diesel heritage unit will see service tomorrow. The WM heritage unit is in the paint shops. 2 heritage units are being paint by our shops for the ChessieSystem. A SD70ACe in B&O "Sunburst" and a ES44AC in C&O "Bow wave."
Chessie will run those in everyday service, but not on CSX trains.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Fri May 17, 2013 4:18 pm

Both Sharks have arrived to the shops.
Diesel repairs will be slowed down since our steam engines have returned to service.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby astrovanman1989 » Fri May 24, 2013 11:07 pm

ES44AH wrote:We will produce the CE-8 rebuild locomotive for any road who wants them. We currently have 22 E-8A and E-8B in our backlot that will be rebuilt into CE-8 roadunits. If anyone is interested, the basic CE-8A will be sold for $500,000 and the CE-8B will go for $450,000. The CE-9 (not a rebuilt E-9) is a turbocharged version of the CE-8. The CE-9 goes for $700,000.


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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:15 pm

CE-9 #20 has arrived and repair work has begun. The unit will recieve new handrails and an "armored" nose. The nose "armor" is refering a steel framework that will go in the nose for crash protection. #20 will be back on the road in 2 weeks.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:01 pm

Shop updates:
H&F B40-8 #11 in shops for paint.
Chessie System GP40-2 #4112 in shops for new turbocharger.
Chessie System CW40-8 #4001 in shops for engine work.
Chessie System AC4400CW #4412 and 4415 in shops for traction motor repair.
Chessie System ES44AC #4403 in shops for new heat exchanger.
MNTX 16a in shops for new gaskets on fuel lines.
MNTX 2000 in shops for engine replacement from 244 to 251 primemover.
MNTX 71 in shops for GPS reset.
MNTX 1(E44) in shops for new pantograph.
MNTX 6200 in shops for turbine blade repair.
MNTX 90, 92, 95 in shops for GPS reset.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:26 pm

Chessie 8502 is in the shops after throwing a piston.
MNTX 500 is in shops for oil change.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:39 pm

The following units no longer have numbers as they were parts units.
4 Ex-PRR E8As, 2 Ex-PRR E7As, 2 Ex-GN E7As, and 3 Ex-UP E9As will be rebuilt into CE-9s. A former NYC E8B will be rebuilt into a CE-9B.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:35 pm

The first order of CE-8s outside of the M&N family has been made. The Northwestern Railroad has purchased an A-B-A set. CLWX 10a,15a, and 2b will be the NWRR locomotives.

The SAMM railroad will be testing CE-9 demo unit CLWX 95.
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Re: Mt. Clare Diesel shops.

Unread postby ES44AH » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:35 pm

MNTX 10a is now NWRR 767A
MNTX 15a is now NWRR 777A
MNTX 2b is now NWRR 777B
MNTX 6200 is out of shops with new turbine blades. It will be used on a high speed passenger service between Washington and Baltimore. The service will be named the Marylander (a B&O train between NewYork and DC). The Turbine will be assigned to the Marylander until further notice.
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