2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby dbperry » Mon May 15, 2017 12:21 pm

Kingston train 036 got hit by a truck on Monday 5/15. Pretty impressive picture:
https://twitter.com/FramWorMBTA/status/ ... 5568240641

I didn't pay attention to how the delays played out but I saw a lot of angry tweeting by Old Colony passengers.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/ ... story.html

“While the train was passing over Lake Street, a motorist went around the gates (which were down), and struck the side of the train,’’ T spokesman Joseph Pesaturo wrote in an e-mail.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Mon May 15, 2017 12:46 pm

Just wow is all I have to say.

Am I reading that correctly that the train was already crossing and the guy in the truck to drove around the gates just drove right into the side of the train?

This doesn't sound like the typical train to beat the train and get t-boned kind of crash.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Backshophoss » Mon May 15, 2017 6:59 pm

Hope this goof ball gets a drug test and a vision test,how can that person NOT see a train IN the crossing? :P
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby harshaw » Tue May 16, 2017 4:59 pm

Well, that screenshot says it all. And the number of comments.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Fri May 19, 2017 10:35 am

Is it just me or have their been a rash of delays this week with no alerts.

A few times this week catching my train in the morning my train has been 5 to 10 minutes late with no text notifications, nothing posted online. Nothing scrolling at the station.

Also, all week my train home has had a 5 to 10 minute delay. They announce this in North station at 6:05, the time of departure. But no alerts get sent out. Not even a train is operating 10 minutes behind schedule between Chelsea and Newburyport like they do when they don't sent the alerts out prior to the train leaving north station.

Also, is the rash of delays due to the warm weather?
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby octr202 » Fri May 19, 2017 1:11 pm

Here's a fun sounding one:

Haverhill Train 216 (1:35 pm inbound) will originate at Ballardvale Station today due to police activity. Updates to follow.

Passengers at Haverhill, Bradford, Lawrence, are being accommodated by Amtrak train 684 to Andover, where a bus will take all passengers to the train at Ballardvale.

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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri May 19, 2017 2:01 pm

Train 207 struck a non-railroad tree trimming crew. The damaged engine could not continue to lead, but they could operate from the cab car (ie: inbound only).
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby harshaw » Mon May 22, 2017 8:14 am

Hideous cascading delays this morning on the Worcester line. All blamed on "Amtrak track work". Because Amtrak is working on the track at the start of morning rush? Or was this an emergency repair?
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby deathtopumpkins » Mon May 22, 2017 9:37 am

harshaw wrote:Hideous cascading delays this morning on the Worcester line. All blamed on "Amtrak track work". Because Amtrak is working on the track at the start of morning rush? Or was this an emergency repair?


My guess is emergency work outside South Station, considering it appears to have affected all south side lines.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby dbperry » Mon May 22, 2017 12:15 pm

As per the @MBTA_CR Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/FramWorMBTA/status/ ... 2175494145

They were completing a project from this weekend to resolve the switch issues that impacted service last week.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby leviramsey » Tue May 23, 2017 7:24 pm

It seemed pretty quiet in here, but that was because (per this FMCB presentation on May 15) earlier this month was the most on-time the CR had been in a while.

Lots of interesting data there about OTP (including zero-padding and passenger-load weighted metrics), and equipment availability.

Also of note: Working with GE "to develop plan for fleetwide MPI turbocharger change".
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby nomis » Thu May 25, 2017 8:30 am

The 1123 blew an gasket today on the 076 at Nataskett Junction.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby jaymac » Wed May 31, 2017 5:36 am

The 05-31-2017 400 had 2 service alerts as of 0630 -- mechanical problems and an extra en route to Waltham to accommodate 400's riders. Confusing things a bit were transmissions from D-3, Boston West and -- after shift-change -- Fitchburg about 402 taking 400's passengers, possibly at South Acton. Never heard a power ID.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Wed May 31, 2017 11:54 am

crankcase button popped on the 1057 this morning on 034, had to be rescued by 036E near Plympton siding
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Hoopyfrood » Wed May 31, 2017 2:34 pm

jaymac wrote:The 05-31-2017 400 had 2 service alerts as of 0630 -- mechanical problems and an extra en route to Waltham to accommodate 400's riders. Confusing things a bit were transmissions from D-3, Boston West and -- after shift-change -- Fitchburg about 402 taking 400's passengers, possibly at South Acton. Never heard a power ID.


I passed 400 on my way to work this AM, it was sitting along Rte. 2 about half way between the Leominster station and the upcoming interlocking. This was about 0530. Couldn't spot any specific equipment from the highway, though HEP was running as the cars were fully lit.
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