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You can buy this pair of commuter rail locomotives — for cheap

A pair of Commuter Rail locomotives are up for auction — but there’s a catch.
A pair of Commuter Rail locomotives are up for auction — but there’s a catch. Auctions International/MBTA

Two old and banged-up MBTA commuter rail locomotives are up for auction online, and the going rate for the hulking vehicles — as of Friday morning — is less than the price of a monthly T pass.

But, as with most things in life, there’s a caveat: The locomotives, which are a package deal, have been gutted of most of their parts and are being sold for on-site scrapping at the MBTA maintenance facility, according to details on Auctionsinternational.com.

As for their condition? MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said locomotive 1009 sustained frame damage in a collision in Fitchburg about five years ago.

He said that all of its “good” parts have been salvaged from the unit, including its compressor, main engine, main and auxiliary generators — “basically anything and everything that could be rebuilt for reuse was saved,” Pesaturo said in an e-mail.


Besides the interior parts, both have had all fuel, coolant, and oil drained and “horns, bells, number signs have been removed.”

Each vehicle was built in 1978. They are 60 feet long and weigh in at approximately 130,000 pounds. The bidding — there’s currently only a single bid of $26 — started Thursday and ends Nov. 15. The MBTA will take the highest bid at closing.

The locomotives aren’t the only MBTA vehicles that interested buyers can scoop up.

The transit agency announced in August that hundreds of soon-to-be-retired Red and Orange line cars will hit the auction block for around $800 or so, with many of the railcars probably being sold for scrap.

But some may be spared and get a second life. In the past, some trains have been donated to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Maine. Others have been doled out to private buyers.

Pesaturo said business owners have already indicated they’d like to recycle some of the old train cars.

In an e-mail sent to the T and shared with the Globe, a person who is part of “a restaurant group” inquired about incorporating one of the Red or Orange line trains into a new beer garden.


“My partner has found [an] old NYC subway train to work with, but it would be a shame not to get our hands on a Boston one,” the person wrote.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.