ALCO PA NUMBER 17 at Wellesley Hills with an Inbound Commuter Train
From a slide dated Aug. 1978 - ALCO PA Number 17 on a commuter train at Wellesly Hills, Mass. - This is the former Boston and Albany RR, a New York Central subsidiary for about 7 decades. In 1978 this portion of the old B and A was MBTA property with Conrail running the freight trains and the Boston and Maine operating the passenger service under contract to the MBTA. The big ALCO started out life hauling passenger trains for the Santa Fe. The Delaware and Hudson bought 4 of these locomotives to improve its Albany to Montreal passenger service. By 1978 Amtrak turbo trains were doing the Montreal runs and the D + H leased the 4 PA's to the MBTA for Boston area commuter service. They could not run on the old New Haven Shoreline route because they lacked cab signals. They could not run on most branch lines because they needed a wye or a turntable to reverse direction at the end of a run.
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