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by NellieBly
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: Florida East Coast Railway
Topic: FEC Miami Port Line - Downtown Spur
Replies: 175
Views: 79480

Re: Why no direct service to Port of Miami

Mr. Norman, USDOT partially funded this work from last year's TIGER money. I reviewed the application, and as I recall the plan was to operate shuttle trains (no more than two round trips or so a day) from the port to Hialeah. There is no room on Dodge Island for a large container facility with trac...
by NellieBly
Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: River LINE/Atlantic City connection considered
Replies: 228
Views: 50117

Re: River LINE/Atlantic City connection considered

Anyone is welcome to doubt the number of riders, but the ridership forecast linked in the previous post is 420 transfers from between River Line and ACL, most going to Atlantic City, and 150 River Line only riders (numbers are riders -- double the figure for trips). A total ridership of 420 to/from ...
by NellieBly
Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Pennsylvania Railfan
Topic: Need Help, Looking for info on NS/CSX main lines Philadelphi
Replies: 4
Views: 3562

Re: Need Help, Looking for info on NS/CSX main lines Philade

Well, there are numerous good railfan spots in the region. It depends what you want to see. If it's freight, best choices are along the former Reading New York Branch in Bucks County (try the bridge over the Delaware in Yardley, or the West Trenton SEPTA station). Anywhere west of Abrams Yard on the...
by NellieBly
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: New Jersey Railfan
Topic: Pennsauken, NJ Cove RD
Replies: 9
Views: 2193

Re: Pennsauken, NJ Cove RD

Either "not many" is not the correct answer to the question, "How many trains go by Cove Road", or I'm a very lucky guy. There is usually a big train leaving Pavonia in mid-afternoon, and another coming in. I've seen both several times while riding the River Line. And about a decade ago I hi-railed ...
by NellieBly
Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Scenic Amtrak Train Rides
Replies: 19
Views: 2114

Re: Senic Amtrak Train Rides

The one Amtrak train I'd recommend to non-railfans for scenery is the California Zephyr. If you want to go coast to coast by train, that should be your first choice. Neither the Empire Builder nor the Southwest Chief come close in terms of scenery. The Sunset is pretty much a total washout unless yo...
by NellieBly
Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Empire Service (New York State)
Replies: 2811
Views: 74390

Re: LSL and Empire Svce routing

Pardon me for laughing as this thread goes on for pages and pages about "duel-rail" third rail/diesel locos, catenary, and who knows what else? How quickly we forget! Not long after Amtrak took over passenger service in 1971, some FL9s were modified to run into Penn Station, and Amtrak moved all thr...
by NellieBly
Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: California Commuter & Transit
Topic: Chatsworth, Three Years Later
Replies: 48
Views: 12781

Re: Chatsworth, Three Years Later

Ummm...it would be nice if people posting on this thread knew what they were talking about. PTC (in the form of ARES) was successfully tested on BN in the mid-1980s. That's 25 years ago now. Railroads have been working on various flavors of the technology ever since. How does that qualify as "untest...
by NellieBly
Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Station Accessibility
Replies: 42
Views: 8274

Re: Amtrak Station Accessibility

I confess I haven't been following this issue as closely as I should, given that I work in USDOT's Policy Office, and one of my co-workers is USDOT's advocate for the handicapped (he was born with only vestigal arms and legs, and gets around in a motorized wheelchair). The original ADA rule prepared...
by NellieBly
Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: NEC Transportation Plan-Proposed Track Configuration (1998)
Replies: 45
Views: 6988

Re: NEC Transportation Plan-Proposed Track Configuration (19

I have a looseleaf binder called "NEC 2010 Plan" or something similar that I got from my clients in Delaware DOT in the mid-1990s. This document is regularly updated, and represents a configuration for the NEC agreed among all the various parties. I would guess they're now up to a "2025 Plan". Of co...
by NellieBly
Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:16 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Train from South Carolina -NY/NJ
Replies: 47
Views: 12115

Re: Train from South Carolina -NY/NJ

Hey everyone, read the original post. The post said he wanted to stay at EWR because the hotels were cheaper. So here's what I would do: 1) Take either Palmetto (business class) or Meteor from Charleston to Newark (not the airport, the downtown station). 2) Stay at the Robert Treat Hotel, recently r...
by NellieBly
Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: NEC Future: HSR "High Line", FRA, Amtrak Infrastructure Plan
Replies: 1009
Views: 160263

Re: Straightening The Existing NEC (NY-BOS)

Let me add a bit to Mr. Norman's (as always) informative post. The deficiencies of the Shore Line alignment were known back in the 1960s when the High Speed Ground Transportation Demonstration Program was set up in the Commerce Department (USDOT didn't exist until 1967). I have seen the original aer...
by NellieBly
Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Saratoga & North Creek Railway (ex-UHRR) - 2011
Replies: 398
Views: 55192

Re: Saratoga & North Creek Railway (ex-UHRR)

It's interesting that the state's own management plan notes the railroad tracks are "still privately owned" and "the Federal government appropriated land along the Boreas River...". There is no mention of any sort of lease. I think Protect! is going to have some tough sledding at STB. Federal pre-em...
by NellieBly
Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:54 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Saratoga & North Creek Railway (ex-UHRR) - 2011
Replies: 398
Views: 55192

Re: Saratoga & North Creek Railway (ex-UHRR)

Well, not so fast. Protect! seems to be basing its challenge on the fact that part of the spur is on easements in NY State forest lands. However, the line was operated as a railroad until 1989, and I'm not sure it was ever formally abandoned (notwithstanding Protect!'s contention). If rail service w...
by NellieBly
Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Baltimore & Ohio/Chesapeake & Ohio/Western Maryland
Topic: Harpers Ferry to Winchester VA
Replies: 11
Views: 10011

Re: Harpers Ferry to Winchester VA

I rode an "Apple Blossom Special" revival in the mid-1980s from Baltimore to Winchester with former B&O (MARC, at the time) RDCs out the Old Main LIne to Point of Rocks and then down the branch to Winchester. The B&O station was still right next to the tracks. It was a very nice trip, with pretty sc...
by NellieBly
Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Pennsylvania Railfan
Topic: Any long distance railfan excursions in PA/NJ 2011?
Replies: 93
Views: 17233

Re: Any long distance railfan excursions in PA/NJ 2011?

It's not in Pennsylvania, but the first NS "21st Century Steam" trip will be from Knoxville to Chattanooga one-way next Monday. TIckets are $65 from the Tennessee Valley RR Museum. Look for more trips next year. Since 630 (and later 4501) are based at, and will be maintained by, TVRM, you can expect...

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