The Red Line

Roster of equipment

 

The Red Line roster includes present equipment ether running or in storage. It does not include cars that ran prior to the 01500 class. Pictures of those cars may be found in various publications.

 

Red Line (Cabot Shops)
Red Line Fleet (220 cars)


Series

Car type

Built By

Electrical

Year
Built

Year
Rebuilt

Carbody
Material

Width

Length

Seats

Cars
Active

Out of Service

01500-01523

#1 Red Line

Pullman-Standard

WH

1969-70

1985-88

Aluminum

122”

69’06”

63

24

0

01600-01651

#1 Red Line

Pullman-Standard

WH

1969-70

1985-88

Aluminum

122”

69’06”

64

50

2

01700-01757

#2 Red Line

UTDC

WH

1987-89

 

Aluminum

120”

69’09”

62

58

0

01800-01885

#3 Red Line

Bombardier

GE

1993-94

 

Stainless-Steel

120”

69’06”

50

86

0

Fleet notes: 01600s and 01800s are married pairs, 01500s and 01700s are self-contained units, but in practice are operated as pairs. 01500s were built with double-ended cabs, but rebuilt to single-ended.
01800s can only train line with their own group. Cars 01802-03 are "big red" cars have had all but two seats removed and run as the middle pair in one Braintree train during rush hour.

Red Line Active Fleet: 218 cars (74 #1 cars, 58 #2 cars, and 86 #3 cars):
01500/01501 through 01522/01523, 01600/01601, 01602/01603, 01606/01607 through 01650/01651
01700/01701 through 01756/01757   (cars 01714/01715, 01732/01733, 01752/01753 held for truck and suspension repairs)
01800/01801 through 01884/01885   (01816/01817 held for parts)

Out of Service Red Line cars: 2  cars (2 #1 cars):
Stored at Codman Yard, not rebuilt, wrecked 08/75, parts source (2 #1 cars): 01604, 01605

A mid-life overhaul program for the 01700-01757 series of cars is expected to begin in 2009. In February 2008, the MBTA awarded an engineering service contract to Booz, Allen, and Hamilton to help evaluate if a mid-life program should be performed in-house or contracted out, and to help develop specifications if it is contracted out.

Red Line Work Cars (13 cars)


CAR #

TYPE

BUILT BY

YEAR BUILT

 0552

Box Cab Locomotive with Crane

Russell

1911 (out of service at Codman)

 0577

Flat Car with Plow

BERy

1924 (out of service at Codman)

 0578

Flat Car with Plow

BERy

1928

01469/01470

01400 Work Motors

Pullman-Standard

1963 (converted to work cars 1995)

01477/01480

01400 Work Motors

Pullman-Standard

1963 (converted to work cars 1995)

 4326

Jet Snow Blower

Portec

1978

04442

Crane Car

Maxon

1985

04443

20 ton, 700 HP Diesel Locomotive

Plymouth

1987

04444

Snow Blower

Idaho-Northern

1987

04448

Flat Car

Plymouth

1991

04449

Flat Car

Plymouth

1991

Additional maintenance of way equipment maintained by automotive maintenance, that can be used on all four rapid transit lines such as tampers, hi-rail equipment, ballast cars, etc. are not included in table.
Peak vehicle requirement for Red Line is 162 cars (11 six-car trains for Ashmont, 15 six-car trains for Braintree, 1 run as directed six-car train)

MBTA has been talking about replacements for at least the #1 Pullman Standard cars in the 01500 and 01600 classes. The need to replace the existing Class 1 fleet is more than apparent. At this time MBTA is considering replacing the 01500 and 01600 cars with triple unit non-articulated cars with the middle car being a blind motor. The basic plan, according go the Boston Street Railway Association's Rollsign publication is to initially order 74 or 75 cars for the class 1 with the option for another 57 or 58 cars to replace the newer 01700 cars as well. This would be in conjunction with the proposed Class 14 cars to replace the present class 12 (01200) Orange Line cars. The primary difference would be that the Red Line cars would be 70 feet long and 120 inches wide while the Orange Line cars would be 65 feet long and slightly narrower. It is hoped to have bids presented to the car builders some time in early 2011 with the first Orange Line prototypes being delivered in 2014 because of a higher priority. The first Red Line replacements would then start being delivered in 2017 which would make the present Pullman Standard fleet 50 years old before they were totally replaced. as was pointed out to the webmaster in 2009 talking to one of the supervisors on the Blue Line the newest cars are the class 5 0700 series on that line. After that the next newest are the Bombardier Red Line cars delivered in 1993 and 1994. The obvious financial issues on the MBTA are, in part, the blame for the issue which not only has affected the subway lines but the light rail, commuter service and buses. At this time many of these issues are finally being addressed with new locomotives for the commuter line and preliminary planning for a class 9 light rail vehicle that will be hopefully ready in time for the Green Line extension as well as replacing some of the older class 7 cars.

 

Material from various sources including Wikipedia and BSRA.

 

updated 14 November, 2014 0:35

 

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