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Nashville TN: Music City Star

Postby Scotty Burkhardt » Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:50 pm

For those not up to date, Music City Star is the soon to be commuter service coming to Nashville, Tennessee. I know that at least one former Amtrak F40PH (AMTK 398) has been repainted/renumbered (MCS 121) into the new MCS scheme. What about coaches? Any info on this line/road would be great.
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Postby william powers » Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:19 am

Did MCS secure their source of funding to complete the project this week?
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:14 am

Here's the link to the latest official info from RTA.

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Postby metrarider » Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:19 am

I wish this service well; however, from my limited knowledge of Nashville, it seems to have two serious shortcomings:
  1. It's slow. 50 minutes to traverse 32 miles, with six stations. Average speed of 38.4 mph.
  2. The downtown terminus seems to be quite a ways from the employment areas requiring a bus transfer for most riders. This only adds to the door-to-door time.
Given 1 and 2, it's hard to see how this will compete with cars for transportation to the downtown areas of Nashville.
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Postby JamesT4 » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:07 pm

Looking at the Nashville MTA system maps, and looking at the downtown map shows the Riverfront (Downtown) Station is on the Eastern end of downtown Nashville.

Not having been through there in about a year and an half, I can see that there will be some people walking a couple of blocks, and others will have to catch a bus to get toi there destination.

Also looking at the committe meetings look like the service will begin on september 18th.
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Postby metrarider » Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:57 am

I guess I'm wrong about the riverside station location, and will certainly defer as I have no direct knowledge, however that's what I had been led to beleive (incorrectly it would seem)

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MCS equipment

Postby Steck » Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:38 pm

Here's a list of the MCS equipment, in response to an earlier question.

Locomotives
    MCS 120 – was AMTK F40PH 322 (currently being prepped for painting)
    MCS 121 – was AMTK F40PH 398
    MCS 122 – was AMTK F40PH 399
Cab cars
    400 – Metra 8753
    401 – Metra 8760
    402 – Metra 8761
Trailer cars
    500 – Metra 7758
    501 – Metra 7759
    502 – Metra 7782
    503 – Metra 7783
Re: The station location. Yeah, for some, a bus transfer (included in the fare) will be necessary, but for others, it's good enough. The station is essentially at the end of Broadway, right on the river, so it's in a great spot for football games, or other events downtown at riverfront or the Gaylord Entertainment Center. *shrug* Gotta start somewhere.
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Postby rayrat » Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:32 am

They give you a bus transfer to get you to work from the Riverfront station.
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Postby gt7348b » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:53 am

Just looking at the layout of the Riverfront Station, I had a question maybe someone here can answer — why is the terminal station only single-track? It doesn't look like there have been any provisions made for any possible future expansion since they have the bus loop on one side and the river on the other. Plus, the building locations would also seem to preclude any eventual through-running (which would require new track) towards Downtown Nashville and the other railroad lines in Nashville.

Here's a link.

Any thoughts?
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Postby dmclement » Wed Sep 13, 2006 6:23 pm

MCS 120 should read as ex-Amtrak no 332, not 322.
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Postby gt7348b » Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:21 am

If anyone is in Nashville Monday morning, would you post any pictures?
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Postby gt7348b » Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:42 pm

Here's a link to a short slide show on the first day of operations.
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Postby ne plus ultra » Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:10 pm

What's next in Nashville?

I've seen references to both a NE and a SE train. Are either a certainty. What's the timeline? Would they pull into the same station? Is the combined numbers of potential riders acting as an incentive for employers to relocate nearer the station?
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Postby gt7348b » Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:07 am

Looking at the downtown station, I'm not sure how it could accommodate another line. I was talking to someone who worked for the MPO, and the SE line seems to be headed for a preferred BRT, not a commuter rail line.
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Postby jz441 » Tue Dec 26, 2006 1:47 pm

Who is going to be the operator? Amtrak, Connex or Herzog?
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