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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 7/17/2016
|SEPTA Main Line Lansdale PA July 5, 7, 8 and 9 2016|
|The evening rush on the first day without the Silverliner V's could be summed up in two words: LATE and CROWDED. With less than half the number of trains out of Center City, SEPTA standardized the consists for most lines; nearly every non-locomotive hauled train featured a six car Silverliner IV consist. It seemed that every train was packed and late, and this was supposed to be the light travel day.|
On Day Two, the Bomber set did not make it up to Lansdale for 6589, instead it was the standard six car set. While there were numerous delays and bypassed stations during the morning rush, a special kind of hell was saved for the evening. Half of the trains were more than 20 minutes late (some as high as 90) and only a handful were on time.
By Day Three, 6589 was down to a married pair. While that did not seem to be a problem at Lansdale, the trains were quickly filling up as they headed in town with Doylestown trains expressing from Oreland or Glenside. It was hoped that the Lansdale trains following them would pick up the rest of the travel, but with two cars, that was not happening.
|Day Four saw the return of a Bomber set to Lansdale.|
|And the new "normal" for the weekend: one Silverliner IV set in the MU yard where there is normally three. The next weekend would see an empty yard.|
All pictures July 5, 7, 8 and 9 2016
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