Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by jcpatten » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:32 pm

In a perfect world, 680 would carry an extra coach with it, which would then be switched out in Boston and stored to be put back on the northbound 5 PM train.

If this post has been duplicated - apologies, the board seems to be acting rather strange. This is the third time I've posted this message.

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by arthur d. » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:57 pm

Rockingham Racer wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:02 pm

The problem with that, Arthur, is that the T does not go to Exeter.
Well, duh. The "suck it up" comment was in reference to the whiner from Haverhill. I myself have given up on the DE. As infrequently as I ride these days, there always seems to be some sort of delay, broken rail, stalled freight, car or trespasser strike or something. Haverhill or Newburyport are both only a few minutes further away, and the T has never let me down. When I hear commuters from Exeter or Dover saying things like "its always a nice surprise when they're on time", I know it isn't just me.

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by Rockingham Racer » Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:28 am

jcpatten wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:22 pm
In a perfect world, an extra coach would be put onto 680, and switched out to be saved for the 5 PM train north.
Yup. Unfortunately, the art of drops and adds of equipment is fast becoming a lost art, it seems.

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by gokeefe » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:05 am

Hardly. It simply isn't feasible given the specific equipment setup on the Downeaster and the need to recover time when they are running behind.

There are many instances where due to the scheduled layovers at North Station the service is able to recover from a one hour (or more) delay and depart on time for the next train.

NNEPRA is doing everything they can to operate the best service possible on the railroads they run over. Track conditions are better now than they ever have been and they are going to get better with the additional planned sidings.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by east point » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:49 pm

MEC407 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:42 pm

There may come a time when the train is consistently standing-room-only by the time it reaches Durham-UNH, and when that happens, I would expect NNEPRA to add another car. But I don't think it'll happen before then.
Are any spare Amtrak Amfleet-1s available ? How much more will Amtrak charge once another car becomes available ? Does another revenue car require more Conductors ? Would another OBS be required ? Are there platform lengths that will not accommodate another car ? Are there any sidings that will not accommodate another car ? ( doubtful ) Is just one loco enough power to maintain schedule ?

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by gokeefe » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:39 pm

1. No (at present)
2. Quite a bit per the formulas (I believe the amount of $30-$50K per month +/-)
3. Yes if there are more than six working cars there has to be another assistant conductor (three additional cars allowed per AC)
4. Brunswick can't do more than 6 cars (as I recall) due to signals and grade crossings
5. None that I'm aware of (especially none of the passing tracks)
6. Yes

The fundamental answer to all of this is the sixth roundtrip. I used to wonder about train length as well but it simply isn't the answer.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by Rockingham Racer » Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:19 pm

I would go back one step further: more equipment--which is not really available, unless you a private concern is engaged--is simply not available. And no available equipment means no increased frequencies. Iowa Pacific, for example, has lots of equipment, but it's vintage.

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by gokeefe » Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:38 pm

It's also worth noting that as is NNEPRA already has sufficient equipment to add a sixth roundtrip. Two of the trainsets run two round trips per day and the third only one. The six roundtrip isn't so much about expansion as it is about full utilization.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by David Benton » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:41 pm

If they get a lot of short distance riders , converting a coach or 2 to high density seating would be a way of increasing capacity.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by Rockingham Racer » Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:02 am

gokeefe wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:38 pm
It's also worth noting that as is NNEPRA already has sufficient equipment to add a sixth roundtrip. Two of the trainsets run two round trips per day and the third only one. The six roundtrip isn't so much about expansion as it is about full utilization.
George, refresh my memory, please. Does a 6th frequency require PTC on Pan Am? Seems that many moons ago, I heard that somewhere; perhaps on here.

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by nomis » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:49 am

6 RT’s of Passenger trains is the max allowable as an exemption of having PTC installed.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by eustis22 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:58 am

Um, how does adding a sixth RT alleviate overcrowding on the morning and evening rush hour commute?

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by gokeefe » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:45 am

Because NNEPRA focuses and clusters the Downeaster around peak periods. An additional frequency would enable them to tweak arrivals and departures accordingly.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by Cowford » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:42 pm

George, when would you suggest these theoretical 6th starts begin their journeys from BRU and BON?

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by markhb » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:26 pm

Speaking of the monthly fare rates... They're going up!

The nice thing is that the plan gives up a nice pricing chart for all the city pairs...
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