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PTRA’s New Image – It’s Official!

July 13, 2011

It’s official! PTRA debuted its new image today. MK1500D 9601 pulled out of PTRA’s North Yard roundhouse shortly after mid-day.

Plan A was for it roll out yesterday, but there were a few more details to be completed by the Wabtec mechanical team. Which was fine with me because my video job ran way over schedule plus there was a late afternoon thunderstorm yesterday in the North Yard area!

The weather today was much more conducive to photography:

PTRA MK1500D 9601  shortly after being released on 7/13/2011


The angle better shows the yellow cab roof and the dual video cameras



Other, less noticeable changes were made to this unit. Locomotive handbrakes are electronically set and released with a push-button, cab windows were tinted darker than they had been, cab interior has been re-painted a bit lighter than before, and finally, cab seats have been upgraded with the top-of-the-line La-Z-Boy “Chill La-Z Touch Dual-Motor Heat Massage Rocker Recliners”.

OK, I might have exaggerated that last improvement a bit. But new cab seats were installed that are more cushioned than the previous seats.

I knew that OSHA and/or FRA had implemented regulations regarding noise levels in the cab, but I didn’t know that each unit was tested and the results documented in the cab. This plate was mounted on the front cab wall.

The PTRA expects to re-paint the other 23 MK1500D’s on its roster, sequentially, over the next 12 months. The only anticipated change is that subsequent re-paints will receive silver trucks vs. the light gray trucks of the 9601.

Finally, a big “Thank You!” to PTRA management for taking the time to answer my questions and show me about the property.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ron Kiser permalink
    July 14, 2011 4:18 am

    Good looking engine. I always favor red. Where is the horn?

    • July 14, 2011 8:53 pm

      I can’t see the horn on any PTRA shot that I have. I do know the horn’s up there somewhere on top of the long hood because they’re really loud!


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