Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby electricron » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:28 pm

Rockingham Racer wrote:Misnomer /prophecy of doom from the Governor. Things actually went fairly smoothly from the reports I've read.

I'm sure many were effected by the repairs, but pre-planning and informing customers of the changed schedules for the trains certainly helped reduce their customers sense of panic and doom.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby STrRedWolf » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:22 pm

So we can break out the "REPENT! THE END IS NEAR!" jokes now? :)

But hopefully things will be a bit smother (or less crashy/derail-ish) now.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby Backshophoss » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:19 pm

From the WCBS stream reports,NJT's "Midtown Directs" return to Penn Station on Sept 5,the "last" day of the Hoboken reroute will be Sept 1(fri)
Amtrak's "last day" of the GCT diversions is Sept 1(fri).
The so called "Summer of Hell" trackwork is almost over,to a return of the uneasy peace between Amtrak,LIRR,and NJT.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby JamesRR » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:09 pm

Some photos from this morning (Aug 26) showing Track 10 ready to go.


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TRACK 10 - EAST VIEW


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TRACK 10 - WEST VIEW
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby electricron » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:44 am

Something is surely wrong when the track area looks newer and cleaner than the platforms. ;)
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby Tadman » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:32 am

Yeah that is impressive.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:39 am

Great to see that the repairs do not appear to be a "patch and pray" charade.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby Amtrak7 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:38 pm

JamesRR wrote:Some photos from this morning (Aug 26) showing Track 10 ready to go.


Track 10 was placed back in revenue service on Aug 23.

Tracks 11 and 12 saw revenue service yesterday.
There may be some interlocking work left, but the big stuff is done.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby JamesRR » Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:39 pm

electricron wrote:Something is surely wrong when the track area looks newer and cleaner than the platforms. ;)


Seriously. Actually, the platforms are in bad shape in Penn - a lot are crumbling at the edges. I don't know if the Track 10 scope included repairing the platform, but it did in fact need it in places. Looks like they just power washed it.

At some point the platforms will need to be redone.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby gokeefe » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:33 am

I hope Amtrak gets the credit they so richly deserve for doing such a good job on the repairs.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby SwingMan » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:23 pm

Not to talk down the work that was done, but there is still tons of bad spots in that area and throughout the station. I was over on track 9 last week and there are lots of rotted ties, concrete breaking off, and even a pipe leak that has eaten away at some of the concrete. That is across from track 10.

I think it is kind of a joke that they are just going back to full tilt immediately. Things could operate so much more fluently and there would be margins for error if they simply operated at 100%, instead of 120% like is deemed "normal" now. The public acts too surprised when things go wrong, and this just fuels the fire for when it does go wrong.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby adamj023 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:55 pm

Track 9 should be shut down if it's that bad and rebuilt next. If it's so bad it will take another derailment before they fix it apparently.

Not sure which tracks are still in bad shape. I gather Amtrak will fix those tracks in the coming days as other track work is finalized, They know there is more work to do this year and next.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby JamesRR » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:00 am

SwingMan wrote:Not to talk down the work that was done, but there is still tons of bad spots in that area and throughout the station. I was over on track 9 last week and there are lots of rotted ties, concrete breaking off, and even a pipe leak that has eaten away at some of the concrete. That is across from track 10.



Amtrak has stated this is the first of SEVERAL programs to rebuild the trouble spots. This summer went after the worst offenders (Interlocking A, track 10, etc). There will be more weekend/overnight work to rebuild more, and next year, another round of track shutdowns.

This was just the beginning to address critical areas.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby STrRedWolf » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:29 am

Newsday coverage of what repairs were made; http://projects.newsday.com/lirr/lirrs- ... n-station/
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby frequentflyer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:20 am

Why use wooden ties instead of concrete?
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