Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by swist » Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:43 am

Any update on the Royal Junction siding project, particularly the end date? Go though there twice a week and while things were going fast in late Summer, seems to be very slow lately. Long lengths of row with only ties in place or neither ties nor rail. Seems to be less manpower & equipment activity than earlier.

Of course I admit that observations from a moving train are hardly conclusive. But can't find a "project status" on any of the obvious websites.

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by pnolette » Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:04 am

Was supposed to be done this year but I just can't see it with all the work that is left to do..
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by Dick H » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:42 am

NNEPRA has announced cancellations and bustitutions for October 30th and 31st.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by Dick H » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:54 pm

PAR did a fine job replacing the Dover Central Avenue Crossing in two days, rather than three.
During the job, the city also planned ahead by installing a 36 inch pipe sleeve for future
replacement of the Central Avenue water main, which supplies much of the City and dates
back to the 1930's or before, When that project is completed, there will be no need to
disturb the crossing. Story with photos from Foster's Daily Democrat. ... -day-early" onclick=";return false;

The Dover Chestnut Street crossing also needs replacement. Whether this gets done this
construction season is questionable. The City of Dover has an ordinance prohibiting any
excavation on city streets after November 15th, except in case of emergency. In addition,
most, if not all, of the asphalt plants in this area generally shut down Thanksgiving week
for the winter, unless the late November weather is unusually warm.

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by gokeefe » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:43 pm

A brief drive through Brunswick today yielded sightings of the new power switches and accompanying dwarf and stick signals installed around this time last year to allow access to the East side of the layover facility. Brunswick Station has a new bank tenant (Mechanics Savings Bank). The lack of any "for lease" signage on the Brunswick Station Apartments building leads one to the conclusion that there's "no room at the inn".

Train parking was full. Crossings at Stanwood, Church and Union St., have new granite curbed islands installed which presumably alows for the quiet zone.

The progress over the past 10 years is frankly astonishing.

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by doublestack » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:39 pm

Interesting video by Dan Comick showing an Amtrak "extra" on the Brunswick branch with MBTA mow cars. Not sure if the tanker is propane or diesel fuel. I don't see any markings but it looks like at one time it was used as a ethanol car." onclick=";return false;

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by Backshophoss » Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:23 pm

Believe the tank car is owned by MBTA,used as the water supply for the leaf removal service train. :wink:
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by RenegadeMonster » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:56 pm

Yup, it's water. And the tank does MBTX on the side.

I have seen that MOW set on the Eastern A lot. It's spent a lot of time parked near River Works or Sauguas branch when not in use during recent years. At one time it had a MBTX box car as part of the set. Not sure what that was used for.

I thought it was more generically used for washing the tracks verses leaf removal. They also have used it to clean salt from the tracks after the splash over and ice wreaked havoc on the Eastern last winter.

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by swist » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:57 am

With the new schedule trains 681 and 684 meet right around the PTC, but the maneuvering to get by each other doesn't make sense to me (been on it three times so far). The mainline is double-tracked there with a crossover from track 2 to track 1 just south of the branch into the PTC. NB 681 can go into the PTC via the usual route on the #1 track and branch, and SB 684 can go down the #2 track SB just past the crossover and wait for 681 to come out of the station and reverse NB on the #1 track. After which 684 should take the quick crossover from #2 track to #1 and then into the branch.

Yet, while 684 does get routed onto the #2 track, it goes a LONG way south of the crossover. Yesterday it was more than halfway across the Fore River bridge before reversing. Impossible to arrive/depart the PTC on time with this procedure.

Gotta be some signals issue. Don't know if it's temporary, but if it isn't the schedule needs to be adjusted.

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by Trinnau » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:55 pm

Look for the signal mast on the #2 track. They have to clear it in order for the switch to unlock so the dispatcher can change the route.

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Post by PT1101 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:46 pm

The tall signal mast at the east end of the Fore River Bridge is the eastbound signal for CPF 197. CPF197 is a control point on track 2 only. For 684 to clear CPF 196 on track 2, there is a dwarf underneath the overpass for the Veterans Memorial Bridge. However, to clear CPF 196 westbound on track 2, with the current train set of a cab car, 5 cars, and an engine, a Downeaster set must take headroom into CPF 197 (which is governed by a 2 light dwarf). As I recall, even a 4 car set would not fit between CPF 196 and CPF 197 on track 2. Why 684 needed to be so far on the Fore River Bridge in order to reverse at CPF 196 is beyond me.

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