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Date: 12/25/18 06:56
New Lease on Life for SEPTA AEM-7s ?
Author: cr2581

The entire fleet, with the exception of 2302, was moved from Frazer, PA to NJ Transit's Morrisville Maintenance Facility Sunday evening. It's reported that NJT will use them as PTC equipped cab cars until enough of their own equipment becomes available again.

The image was taken at Frazer with permission.

Never say die.

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Date: 12/25/18 07:39
Re: New Lease on Life for SEPTA AEM-7s ?
Author: Lackawanna484

That sounds like a heads up decision by both NJT and Septa.

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Date: 12/25/18 07:40
Re: New Lease on Life for SEPTA AEM-7s ?
Author: CPR_4000

Good news! Looks a little odd to see them with all pans up.



Date: 12/25/18 09:03
Re: New Lease on Life for SEPTA AEM-7s ?
Author: cr2581

The lone ALP-44 2308 is also in the group and is fourth in line in the photo.  



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/25/18 09:04 by cr2581.



Date: 12/25/18 09:07
Re: New Lease on Life for SEPTA AEM-7s ?
Author: jp1822

Just out of curiosity, is there any reason why NJT couldn't have used the ALP44's that are stored up in North Jersey? These SEPTA units are not already PTC equipped are they?

Is it because the ALP44's have been stored so long and likely now require a lot of work to get going again? 

I've always though the AEM7s (Amtrak or SEPTA) would make good cab cars (or backups at least) for the Metroliner cab car units that are used on the Keystone line. It's not like those Metroliner cab cars are going to hold on forever! I thought Amtrak would at least tried to convert a few to cab cars. It had been on the table early on when the Siemen's electrics were just purchased, but then it came off the plans....... Now to see NJT do this, but with SEPTA equipment. Hmmmmm. But OK! If it works and keeps the railroad moving!



Date: 12/25/18 09:12
Re: New Lease on Life for SEPTA AEM-7s ?
Author: DavidP

jp1822 Wrote:
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> Just out of curiosity, is there any reason why NJT
> couldn't have used the ALP44's that are stored up
> in North Jersey? These SEPTA units are not already
> PTC equipped are they?
>

I think SEPTA claimed to be the first fully PTC complient commuter railroad quite some time ago, so apparently the AEM7s were equipped.  

Dave



Date: 12/25/18 14:57
Re: New Lease on Life for SEPTA AEM-7s ?
Author: septacarczar

All of the SEPTA electrics are PTC equipped. The 2302 was not included in the group, as it has parts missing and has been stored for quite awhile at Frazer.



Date: 12/26/18 07:15
Re: New Lease on Life for SEPTA AEM-7s ?
Author: tmurray

jp1822 Wrote:
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> Just out of curiosity, is there any reason why NJT
> couldn't have used the ALP44's that are stored up
> in North Jersey? These SEPTA units are not already
> PTC equipped are they?

The ALPs were in bad shape before Sandy.  After Sandy, they're in shape to become scrap.
Granted, they'll have the 2308, which is an ALP from the same generation as their first order.
 



Date: 12/26/18 07:48
Re: New Lease on Life for SEPTA AEM-7s ?
Author: joemvcnj

I believe the only thing keeping NJT from scrapping theirs are the newer tranche have bank liens on them.

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