An interesting side effect of the Silverliner II/III retirement of 2012 was that I basically lost interest in the SEPTA Rail Rodeo held each fall and open to railfans via a lottery system. I had managed to attend the Rodeo in 2010 and 2011, but not since. This year I was again cool on working to get a spot, but when a pair of tickets fell into my lap I figured it would be worth the trip and I invited Chuchubob to go with me.
Now if Chuchubob is known for anything it is managing to be everywhere something is happening in South Jersey. However I was surprised to learn that he had never before attended one of the SEPTA Rodeos so that made me feel good being able to pass it forward so to speak. The event itself was everything I had come to expect, but there were a few new surprises. You can view the entire photo set here
We begin with NJT GP40PH-2B #4206 pushing my ACL train in from an Amtrak connection at 30th St Station.
Kind of defeats the purpose to drive to a transit Rodeo so here is the
tail end of the BSS train I used to get to the Fern Rock Shoppe complex.
No needs for the No Trespassing sign...you had me at 3-4-3 OX.
So what's new...this Silverliner V gearbox and axle assembly.
SL-IV gearbox components. Don't expect Timken
to be the supplier of choice much longer since they were forced to sell
their integrated steel business by activist shareholder douchebags.
Here we see SEPTA k-Car drive assemblies with the PCC-style resilient wheels.