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    You're right! And there appears to be no other MBTA passenger cars or locomotives around, so I wonder what it could be there for.

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    Way cool shots. All.

    Jack, you found some nice stuff out there in Golden, BC. Going back in time reveals some other equipment if you go down the road a piece, but naturally the camera changes dates just before we get close enough.

    Arya, that unit is neat. I did a walk down the road and it appears the unit was pulling into the depot? I couldn't tell because the camera changes to a different date when I get close enough to the locomotive.


    NorfolkSounthern1036:

    If you go up on the bridge, you can see CN and a CSX unit off in the distance when you go back in time.

    https://goo.gl/maps/n4Fm66Pv47ujMgyAA

    and some other green and white units I don't know the owner of.

    https://goo.gl/maps/psepQnZQdJjWw7Sn8

    Here's a couple of Santa Fe painted units switching.

    https://goo.gl/maps/LEGxTi9BXuyJ3YLt6

    There's also lots of UP locos all over the place.

    Why the MBTA F40Ph 1075?

    Good question. The MBTA has been trading in their ancient F40PHs for newer equipment. These units are quite old and date back to the early 1990s so they've seen a gazillion miles on them even though this unit has the newer paint scheme on it. If you look carefully, the windows have stickers on them. Naturally, we can't read them, but that to me is like dealer stickers on the used car in the sales lot.

    Seeing this setup makes me feel less guilty for running various locomotives on my routes that don't really "belong" to the area. Whew!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCitron View Post
    Arya, that unit is neat. I did a walk down the road and it appears the unit was pulling into the depot? I couldn't tell because the camera changes to a different date when I get close enough to the locomotive.
    Well, this is what I would say as the weak point of Streetview's algorithm for displaying the picture of each road...

    If we stick to the latest shot (April 2019) of that road, we could see that the locomotive is actually going out of the depot and running LHF, since the loco is running on the track nearer to the road (the road itself is running directly on the eastern side of rail track). As the shot was taken on April 2019, the logo was still the ones introduced in 2011, and even the locomotive depot near Jatinegara station was still exist (as of April 2021 it has been already demolished for making way to new track for line heading to Pasar Senen and Tanjung Priok station).
    "Prepare for the worst, even if the result is actually better than the expected"

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    Quote Originally Posted by aryadwi_ef641030 View Post
    Well, this is what I would say as the weak point of Streetview's algorithm for displaying the picture of each road...

    If we stick to the latest shot (April 2019) of that road, we could see that the locomotive is actually going out of the depot and running LHF, since the loco is running on the track nearer to the road (the road itself is running directly on the eastern side of rail track). As the shot was taken on April 2019, the logo was still the ones introduced in 2011, and even the locomotive depot near Jatinegara station was still exist (as of April 2021 it has been already demolished for making way to new track for line heading to Pasar Senen and Tanjung Priok station).
    Definitely interesting. Thank you for the background information.

    This is definitely a weak point with the Street view.
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    Cool information about that F40ph!

    Here's a shot of the back of a P42 in Beach Grove, Indiana.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7167...7i13312!8i6656


    Here's lots of other P42s.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7221...7i16384!8i8192


    I changed the time back and saw this too.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7221...7i13312!8i6656
    A switcher and I think it's an NJ transit behind it.


    There might be some other locomotives in the area too.

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    Nice. I like that center cab. I don't recognize the model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCitron View Post

    and some other green and white units I don't know the owner of.

    https://goo.gl/maps/psepQnZQdJjWw7Sn8
    Those are most likely GO Transit MP54AC locomotives waiting to be delivered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by embeddedt View Post
    Those are most likely GO Transit MP54AC locomotives waiting to be delivered.
    Oh cool, Thanks!
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    Hey, JCitron, I'm in Haverhill right now! It's quite nice up here. If only it wasn't raining right now.

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    Well I'm back from MA and I got to see a few trains. I might be able to post the locations of them on Google Maps later.

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    It always rains here! We don't call this New England for nothing.

    I can't wait to see the pics.

    What kind of trains did you see?
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    It was also really cold up there too! It was about 70 degrees in Delaware when we left and it was freezing up there, maybe around 40 degrees in Massachusetts.

    I didn't get to see any trains in Haverhill, but I saw some in Boston and in CT on the way there.

    When we went to tour Boston, I briefly saw some trains at this exact station when we were passing by.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3679...7i16384!8i8192

    I also got to get a glimpse of some commuter trains in Stamford, CT, at this station when we passed by it.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.0473...7i16384!8i8192

    Other than that, I didn't really get to see whole lot of trains. Maybe someday I can go back to railfan. It seems like a nice area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorfolkSouthern1036 View Post
    It was also really cold up there too! It was about 70 degrees in Delaware when we left and it was freezing up there, maybe around 40 degrees in Massachusetts.

    I didn't get to see any trains in Haverhill, but I saw some in Boston and in CT on the way there.

    When we went to tour Boston, I briefly saw some trains at this exact station when we were passing by.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3679...7i16384!8i8192

    I also got to get a glimpse of some commuter trains in Stamford, CT, at this station when we passed by it.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.0473...7i16384!8i8192

    Other than that, I didn't really get to see whole lot of trains. Maybe someday I can go back to railfan. It seems like a nice area.
    Right at North Station!

    As you were approaching the station, did you see the sand and gravel company? The New Hampshire North Coast, a separate short line that serves them, from a sand and gravel pit located in Ossipee, New Hampshire. They also handle the freight around Newmarket, Stratham, Somersworth, and Rochester.

    At Stamford station. If you go back in time to different periods, you can see the EMUs pulling in and out of the station and at the platform. What did you think of the old New Haven catenary poles? Those date back to 1907, and has been replaced in some places. The old black lattice poles plus the green triangular wire made the system very unique compare to the Pennsylvania. The New Haven also used 11,000 volts at 25 HZ, and the design is on the national historic register.

    I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. Unfortunately, outside of some commuter trains, there's not much to see during the day as far as trains go. You might be lucky and pick up a local freight, but most freight is moved at night.
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    I don't remember seeing a sand and gravel company, but I just don't think I was paying enough attention to the surroundings to remember it.
    And that's really interesting about the catenary poles! I had no idea they were that original.
    And thanks for all the interesting information!

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    San Francisco Belt Railroad #23
    https://goo.gl/maps/ChSnACAN71AMaTUh8

    From 2011, but we can't see the engine numbers.

    https://goo.gl/maps/zuicmtozfiqHhHjn7

    #25 mounted and stuffed.

    https://goo.gl/maps/cznvVLdHgXXju9W68

    #23 again...

    https://goo.gl/maps/zRM7BFBsfu9vdksF8

    These look like Alco S2s.

    Here's #30 an SW1500?

    https://goo.gl/maps/9N8Q4QWYUjmwrDZK6


    From 2009:

    #25 coupled to #95? CGMX Baldwin.

    https://goo.gl/maps/MDVVrYACp7Gm93P2A
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