MBTA receives first of 10 rebuilt F40s

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has unveiled the first of 10 rebuilt F40PH locomotives for its commuter rail service.

The Boston Globe reports that the program, costing about $3 million per locomotive, will extend the life of each unit about 20 years. Positive train control equipment has been added as part of the refurbishment, along with other safety equipment. The F40PH-3C locomotives are being rebuilt by Motive Power Inc. in Boise, Idaho. All 10 are expected to be in service by September of this year.

“What that means for customers,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said, according to the Globe, “is there’s going to be greater reliability in terms of fewer breakdowns and more reliable trains. … This was one of the lowest performers and we expect it will be one of the highest performers now.”

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