SEPTA to Sell Last of AEM-7 Motors

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is expected to sell the last of its AEM-7 electric locomotives.

Railfan & Railroad magazine reported on its website that the Philadelphia-based public transit agency has issued a procurement notice that puts the seven locomotives up for bid.

The electric motors, numbered 2301 to 2307 and delivered in 1987, are no longer being used in revenue service.

A few AEM-7s saw duty on wash rains that operated during the overnight hours to remove leaf residue from the rails during the fall.

SEPTA began replacing its AEM-7 fleet with ALP-44 locomotives in 1996. The last AEM-7s were replaced in 2018 by ACS-64 locomotives.

Also being sold are ALP-44 units and a retired Silverliner III car. The procurement notice calls for “scrapping and full removal” with the work to be done at SEPTA’s Frazer, Pennsylvania, shop.

 “Dismantling may occur on-site prior to removal,” the notice said. “Removal of the rolling stock will be the responsibility of the company awarded the offering and included in their purchase offer.”

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