Introducing SEPTA’s fleet of heritage MUs trains

Introducing SEPTA’s fleet of heritage schemed Silverliner IVs. Over the past month, Frazer shops have selected five MUs for heritage schemes. There is technically a fifth MU numbered 293 which also wears a Reading scheme however for reporting purposes four fallen flags represent SEPTA. Be on the lookup for these on a line near you!

Chestnut Hill West potential cuts

Folks around the Chestnut Hill line stand united keeping the Chestnut Hill West line. After a while running half hourly service on this line on the weekday decades ago, now it’s faced with an ultimatum to either fund SEPTA or cease operating this line. This line is picked over the CHE since SEPTA has to pay Amtrak for the access and power!
Community members and advocacy groups have mobilized support for preserving the line, highlighting its importance to Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods.

To learn more about this

SEPTA’s newest locomotive #90 delivered

Introducing SEPTA new diesel switcher from the Knoxville Locomotive Works locomotive #90 (SPAX 90) Today, SEPTA #90 has finally be delivered to SEPTA! Already, #90 had an interesting journey into this area, first it arrived in on Norfolk Southern 38G .

With an brief stay in New Jersey for several nights before returning back to PA on NS 39G.

Today, it was finally dropped off at bridge (In Norristown) by an Norfolk Southern crew and SEPTA finally retreived it.

This locomotive is the latest work train to be added to the fleet. SEPTA is expecting three more locomotives, These will replace #51 and #52 and possibily #70. This new locomotive meets EPA tier 4 standards and is not a genset like 70, it appears to be similar to 80 in design.

SEPTA Cancels CRRC Order of Mulitlevels

SEPTA has cancelled its $185 million contract with China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), a government-owned company, to buy 45 double-decker train cars for Regional Rail lines. The decision came after four years of project delays and more than $50 million already spent, with no cars delivered. The contract, awarded in 2017, faced issues including poor quality work and missed deadlines, despite initial plans for delivery by 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic further delayed the expected completion to 2023. CRRC expressed disappointment over the termination but remains committed to finishing the project. SEPTA, meanwhile, is exploring options to recover the funds spent and has shifted its focus to replacing older rail cars rather than pursuing new double-decker models.

In an incrediable twist, a rail enthurist on Youtube recently caught a shell for SEPTA’s order being transported over to the CRRC facility in Massachusetts.

SEPTA unveiled their New Flyer Fuel Cell bus (XHE40)

On 4-20-2024, SEPTA unveiled their New Flyer Fuel Cell bus at a community event in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia. Ten of these buses are expected to be delivered in July of this year. These are the second line of alternative powered buses that SEPTA has purchased. The first were the Proterras which were sidelined back in 2020 due to issues. These ten buses are going to Midvale to be used on their routes thoughout the system.

Lots of news to cover

First of all happy belated New Years – yes this our first post in 2024!

Now let’s get down to it:

  • Callowhill Receives New Buses: Earlier this month, Callowhill began receiving their allotment of XDE40 (BAE) buses. The first bus of this allotment is 3640. It has been rumored that they will receive up to 3699. These buses will likely replace all of the remaining D40LFs and DE40LFs at Callowhill. In an odd twist, both 8075 and 8083 are the only two remaining diesels still standing.
  • Spring 2024 Schedule Change: Starting yesterday, bus schedules have been changed systemwide. This is probably the most drastic change yet. Many changes involve service cuts, and it’s been advised to pay attention to these changes. The main reason is that there have recently been a slew of cancellations and unplanned gaps in services. These issues aren’t really new, but SEPTA is taking more of a proactive approach to this.
  • Multilevel Train Car News: The latest is that two CRRC coaches have arrived at their facility in Springfield, MA. The estimated time of arrival for these first units on SEPTA’s property has been adjusted for later this year.

The Selector

Earlier this year, The tracking for SEPTA selector and other agencies were merged into one interfacing to provide one interface . The purpose of this tracking is to offer a transit enthurust friendly alternative to the offical trackers or 3rd party trackers out there.

Recently the tracking has been expanded to nclude several other agencies around this area.

These are as follows:
New Jersey (limited time only)
Delaware (limited time only)
Lancaster (RRTA)
New York MTA and Beeline
Harrisburg (CAT)

To check them out: