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by MattW
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: California Commuter & Transit
Topic: Altamont Corridor Express (ACE)
Replies: 9
Views: 3902

Re: Altamont Corridor Express (ACE)

ACE to begin Saturday service: The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) is pleased to announce the launch of the NEW Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Saturday Service beginning September 7, 2019. It looks like two roundtrips, the WBs leave Stockton at 7:2...
by MattW
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Return of the "Daylight"
Replies: 35
Views: 3090

Re: Return of the "Daylight"

Actually I believe Class 1 railroads that host passenger service must have PTC on those segments. Smaller railroads require a certain number of passenger trains before triggering the PTC requirement.
by MattW
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Metro-North Hudson Line Electrification
Replies: 64
Views: 21037

Re: Metro-North Hudson Line Electrification

Dwell times are not the only reason to electrify. The post you reply to mentions another reason - reliability. DMs are more failure prone by design because they need to have both a diesel and an electric, and the fleet is smaller so it is harder to handle failure. Plus environmental concerns, noise...
by MattW
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Why do trains spend so long stopped in Washington?
Replies: 48
Views: 2715

Re: Why do trains spend so long stopped in Washington?

I think that the proof that it doesn't is when an Amtrak train adds or drops an engine or car on the road. It's just the conductor and maybe their assistant. If it can be done out in the wild, it can be done in a station.
by MattW
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak in Miami (Hialeah, Miami Intermodal Center/Airport)
Replies: 143
Views: 35696

Re: Amtrak in Miami (Hialeah, Miami Intermodal Center/Airport)

To be fair, it's more than 2 moves per day. Two trains each way, two moves each (deadhead in, revenue out and vice versa) is 8 moves.
by MattW
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak in Miami (Hialeah, Miami Intermodal Center/Airport)
Replies: 143
Views: 35696

Re: Miami Airport Station

I don’t see any advantage to this station over the current one. I’ve used TriRail to the Metro transfer station in roughly the same spot at the Amtrak station. It’s a kind of dingy looking area, but didn’t seem at all unsafe to me. What is the use case for Amtrak to the airport? The Metro goes more...
by MattW
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West
Replies: 601
Views: 130529

Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Physically took out all the catenary?
by MattW
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Acela II (Avelia Liberty): Design, Production, Delivery, Acceptance
Replies: 135
Views: 18920

Re: Acela Avelia Liberty: Design, Production, Delivery, Acceptance

I just hope that once these are in-service, Amtrak realizes just how bad a decision fixed-seats are and upgrade them with electrically reversible seats like in Japan.
by MattW
Wed May 29, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Operations, Facilities, Maps and Resources
Topic: PTC in track warrant territory?
Replies: 48
Views: 18940

Re: PTC in track warrant territory?

I hope I'm ok in revivig this, but it seems that the Atlanta Terminal side of the Georgia road is receiving yet another signal upgrade. Clarkston, which wasn't replaced in the 2014-2015 resignaling is finally getting upgraded. I also have a source telling me that the signal north of Stone Mountain a...
by MattW
Sat May 25, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad NYNH&HRR
Topic: Noel Weaver's Collection and Memorial
Replies: 61
Views: 32722

Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Rest in peace Mr. Weaver. I never really got to know you, but I always respected your great wealth of knowledge.
by MattW
Fri May 24, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak ACS-64 Sprinter Discussion
Replies: 2833
Views: 670777

Re: Amtrak ACS-64 Sprinter Discussion

mtuandrew wrote:If Amtrak were to use those options, how simple would it be to build to the original Amtrak specs versus the reduced-power SEPRA specs? Same with the computer equipment, can it be backdated?
Isn't the reduced power just a software option?
by MattW
Thu May 23, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Cascade Wreck 18 December 17
Replies: 656
Views: 98961

Re: Cascade Wreck 18 December 17

The biggest problem I see with the US crash standards is the weight penalty, the more weight a train has, the more energy is has to deal with. The new alternative standards (Tier 1A is what they're called?) seem to walk this back a bit, but I believe the previous "allowance" for crash energy managem...
by MattW
Sun May 05, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: All Things Cascades incl Vancouver
Replies: 528
Views: 145931

Re: Cascade Wreck 18 December 17

The Quick fix is the 2 unused WI Taglo sets at Beech Grove,need to moved west and put in service! Reported hangup is the FRA wavier to use the sets "as is",without the Door interlock trainline that's now required. (ie Door open,loco cannot move) This is probably the best route, since there are two ...

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