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1:53 PM - Oct 04, 2018 #11

fl9 2048 wrote: Lets hope they keep original "New Haven" colors, install  "Hancock Air Whistles" and number them back to NH 2007 and NH 2038.

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I assume the museum will keep theirs in the NH McGinnis paint.  Unfortunately at least two of them will be repainted in the livery of the purchaser.  

"Grapevine Vintage Railroad, which acquired FL9 No. 2014 (originally New Haven No. 2041, built in 1960) and No. 2016 (NH No. 2044, built in 1960), operates a variety of excursion trains over a 26-mile former Cotton Belt line near Fort Worth. Railroad president P.W. McCallum says that the pair will receive the “cabernet and champagne” colors already worn by the Grapevine’s passenger car fleet."
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4:14 PM - Oct 04, 2018 #12

I would hope that the Mass Coastal/Cape Cod Central would keep them in their New Haven colors, at least until they need repainting later on, and hopefully long after that.  I wonder if there is a contact number Mass Coastal where we could voice an opinion re: protecting their heritage.

It's amazing that these survivors are still operable and fit for service, considering how many cab units have met the scrapper's torch.  And thanks to Connecticut DOT for offering them up rather than sending them to the shredder.

I look forward to seeing them on the Cape again.
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5:11 PM - Oct 04, 2018 #13

Hancock air whistles would indeed be nice, but they don't meet FRA standards.
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8:43 PM - Oct 04, 2018 #14

Maybe they could put a Hancock Whistle on the mount above the windshield for looks and the real horns where they aren't in the view. Just musing out loud.
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9:17 PM - Oct 04, 2018 #15

Yeah the Hancock whistles would be even better! Sadly I don't live near Cape Cod to see this.
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11:57 AM - Oct 05, 2018 #16

So the mystery unit in question is the 2024 (nee 2058) that safely arrived at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum late Wednesday evening. This was a collaborative effort with Webb Rail LLC, the owner of former NYC "Babbling Brook", an obs car originally assigned to the New England States. Webb Rail underwrote the purchase and BSRM will store, maintain and interpret. The 2024 was chosen due to its sound mechanical condition (deemed best of all the units) as well as it being the second to last New Haven unit produced, in addition to the second to last F-unit built by EMD. 

The BSRM is thrilled as this marks not only the return of the first New Haven locomotive on the property but the first time this type of unit called the Berkshires home since the late 60s (?) I'm hoping those in the know on this forum can help corroborate this question. We are also excited in that by the end of the month 2024 will be joined by NH 42 "Firestone", also no stranger to the Berkshire Line, helping to fulfill the organization's master plan of more authentic New Haven rolling stock. Currently, 3884, our wooden baggage car acquired from the RMNE, is the only piece with New Haven provenance.  

As for the Hancock question, the ones currently on our B&M RDC were FRA tested and passed. This was only after a full rebuild by the Mechanical Department. Expect, at the very least, the 42 to have these. 
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6:53 PM - Oct 05, 2018 #17

This is great news that BSRM has obtained 2024 (nee 2058) & will be receiving NH 42 "Firestone."  Will they be stored in Lenox or in Adams/North Adams?  In answer to your question, I'm not sure when FL9's left the Berkshire Line, but I remember seeing them in operation in the mid 1960's.  Someone may be able to pinpoint a close to exact date on that.
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9:29 AM - Oct 13, 2018 #18

MC 2011/2026 have arrived in Middleboro, MA...awaiting pick up by MC.




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9:50 AM - Oct 13, 2018 #19

That's great!  What would be the likely next step - to their East Wareham facility for inspection and preparation for future service?
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10:08 AM - Oct 13, 2018 #20

The Hyannis Shops will be their next stop as far as I know
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