North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Piedmont Service

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North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Piedmont Service

Postby hsr_fan » Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:00 am

Site Admin Note: Combining a few threads into a Piedmont Thread

Looks like the last of Amtrak's Phase III Heritage coaches are getting a makeover. They were definitely due!

Sharp looking refurbished Piedmont car
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Postby Engineer James » Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:21 am

Looks awesome...
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Postby villager » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:23 am

Better still, the new combine car can carry bikes UNBOXED!

Check out the new Bikes on Board program at NCDOT RAIL DIVISION.
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Postby fairlane57 » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:39 am

Looks British...like the trains you see around the London metro area.
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Postby jhdeasy » Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:55 pm

Nice looking car! Would love to see some interior photos.

I remember seeing it pass thru ALX westbound on The Cardinal in the 1980s when it was the private car KANAWHA.
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Postby VPayne » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:01 pm

Who did the rebuild?
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Postby jhdeasy » Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:43 pm

VPayne wrote:Who did the rebuild?



I don't know ... the work to refurbish some of NC DOT's other passenger cars (the coaches and the cafe-lounge) was done by Delaware Car Company ... their shop is located on the west side of the NEC a few hundred yards north of the Wilmington DE station.
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Postby crazy_nip » Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:27 pm

these cars are owned by the NCDOT
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Postby matthewsaggie » Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:32 pm

Rebuild was done in Wilmington and the color selection and design was done by NCDOt Rail Division to match the NC owned locos. All the Piedmont cars are to be run through rebuilds and painted the same colors. This car was running on the Piedmont tonight. It has had bike racks added in the baggage section. See www.bytrain.org.
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Postby AgentSkelly » Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:44 am

Wow...I think the word spiffy best describes the paint job :)
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NC Piedmont Trains On-Time Performance for February

Postby villager » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:58 am

Train 73: RGH - CLT
Scheduled Running Time: 3:09
Average Running Time: 3:10
Median Running Time: 3:08
Minimum Running Time: 3:01
Maximum Running Time: 3:37
St Deviation (in minutes): 8
90th Percentile Running Time: 3:16
Amtrak On-Time Standard Percentage: 89%


Train 74: CLT - RGH
Scheduled Running Time: 3:10
Average Running Time: 3:21
Median Running Time: 3:13
Minimum Running Time: 3:03
Maximum Running Time: 4:19
St Deviation (in minutes): 21
90th Percentile Running Time: 3:56
Amtrak On-Time Standard Percentage: 61%

This was a particularly strong month for 73. The previous three months' Amtrak OTP percentages for Train 73 were 61%, 68%, and 67%, respectively. For Train 74, those percentages were 75%, 65%, and 63%.
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NC Piedmont Trains OTP for March

Postby villager » Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:24 pm

Here are the numbers for March 07. Previous month in parentheses.


Train 73: RGH - CLT
Scheduled Running Time: 3:09
Average Running Time: 3:11 (3:10)
Median Running Time: 3:06 (3:08)
Minimum Running Time: 3:02 (3:01)
Maximum Running Time: 4:03 (3:37)
St Deviation (in minutes): 15 (8)
90th Percentile Running Time: 3:26 (3:16)
Amtrak On-Time Standard Percentage: 87% (89%)


Train 74: CLT - RGH
Scheduled Running Time: 3:10
Average Running Time: 3:16 (3:21)
Median Running Time: 3:10 (3:13)
Minimum Running Time: 3:02 (3:03)
Maximum Running Time: 4:29 (4:19)
St Deviation (in minutes): 17 (21)
90th Percentile Running Time: 3:30 (3:56)
Amtrak On-Time Standard Percentage: 81% (61%)

Another good month for 73, only slightly marred by a particularly long max time. Train 74's OTP percentage took a big jump up fromt 81% to 61%. While my records only go back to July 06, this is the first time both trains have averaged over 80% OTP in the same month in my recordkeeping.

High-speed turnouts that give passenger trains the straight move through the switches were installed in January near Kannapolis, north of Charlotte. Signalling adjustments also added some new 79 mph territory which was previously 50 mph.

The increasing reliability of both trains bodes well for the possibility of adding the midday trip pair between Raleigh and Charlotte.
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Postby shlustig » Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:38 pm

Too bad that we can't get performance like this on the St. Louis, Detroit, or Syracuse corridors!
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Postby gprimr1 » Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:05 pm

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Postby villager » Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:08 pm

We in NC wish we could get this type of performance between Raleigh and DC. Then intercity train travel around here would REALLY take off.

I'm not as diligent with the stats for the Carolinian, because it takes so much more work (so many more stations). However, the amount of data I do have points to a scheduled run of 12:59 from NYP to CLT, and an average run of 13:50, a median of 13:37, and a 90th percentile of 14:59, two hours late. Ugh.

There's no magic, of course. Well-maintained and attended to rights of way with capital programs aimed at reducing bottlenecks produce mostly on-time and relatively speedy services. Places where this doesn't exist leads to crummy train service.
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