2020 Commuter Rail Delay/Cancellation Thread

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Re: 2019 Commuter Rail Delay Thread

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Big delays signal problems Tuesday, January 7th PM Worcester Line rush hour https://www.wcvb.com/article/signal-pro ... l/30436571 Anyone know what actually happened?

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Re: 2019 Commuter Rail Delay Thread

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Now they are blaming Verizon telephone lines. Guess they didn't design in proper redundancy.

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2020 Commuter Rail Delay/Cancellation Thread

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Lowell 302 cancelled this morning due to mechanical problems.

Wickford/Providence 808 (the Mansfield to Back Bay express) cancelled this morning due to mechanical problems.

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Lots of delays on the Newburyport / Rockport line trains this week.

For example, Rockport line train 104 has been 15 to 25 minutes behind schedule consistently every day this week.

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Re: 2020 Commuter Rail Delay/Cancellation Thread

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https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/fi ... n/2063548/

Fair Use: "A fire in the switching gears of a railroad crossing in Whitman, Massachusetts has shut down Commuter Rail service in the immediate area."

Anyone know exactly what happened? I'm not clear on what they mean by the switching gears?

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Re: 2020 Commuter Rail Delay/Cancellation Thread

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Likely debris set on fire by the snowmelters in the switch

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Re: 2020 Commuter Rail Delay/Cancellation Thread

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This will be a cool ride :)

Due to a power issue, Providence Train 802 (4:45 am from Wickford Junction) will operate with minimum lighting & without (heat or AC) today. Passengers may consider Train 806 (5:45 am from Wickford Junction) for better travel conditions.

Affected direction: Inbound

Affected trips:
802 (4:45 am from Wickford Junction)

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Re: 2020 Commuter Rail Delay/Cancellation Thread

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HEP on the 1070 went belly up on #802

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Re: 2020 Commuter Rail Delay/Cancellation Thread

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Signal issues still persists on the Eastern between Chelsea and Lynn causing delays of 15 to 25 minutes on every train.

Anyone know what's up? This has been a multiday issue now

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Re: 2020 Commuter Rail Delay/Cancellation Thread

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Still signal issues in the outbound direction on the Eastern Tonight.

I was on train 167 tonight and we experienced a new one.

We were stopped at a bad stop signal and got permission from dispatch to pass it. But we only manage to pull forward 10 feet and we got a "Penalty".

I'm assuming that means PTC kicked in and recognized we passed a stop signal and stopped the train.

We had to wait for them to clear the penalty, for all the air to reload followed by a break test.

We were parked in Saugus for a bout 25 minutes. 3 Trains backed up behind us.

Is it normal for all the air to be released when the train get's a penalty? Can anyone better explain exactly what happened?

It seems all the other trains are getting past the bad signal tonight with only 5 to 10 minute delays.

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Re: 2020 Commuter Rail Delay/Cancellation Thread

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A penalty application can be caused by a number of things, and it's nothing new. PTC can initiate one but it's just one of the number of things. It does not require a brake test like an emergency application. If a brake test had to be done there was an emergency application, not just a penalty. It does happen on occasion that a train is unable to recover from a penalty application, and a potential remedy is to dump the air (empty the brake pipe causing an emergency application) and recharge the system. That would require a brake test.
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Earlier today, train 804 broke down before leaving Pawtucket yard to start it's inbound trip. It also had to originate in South Attleboro instead of providence, letting 806 pick up those folks and 806 went in front of it taking 2 train loads of people into 8 doubles which made it very crowded to the point where everyone was spilling into the aisles and vestibules. I was on the 806 so this is the real deal from an actual rider. 804 ended up running about 30 mins late picking up anyone that was left behind and made an extra stop at ruggles which it usually stays on track 2 to back bay and was empty. As a result, the subsequent trains 842, 808, and so on were not as full as they usually are. That's the story folks.

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Last Thursday morning a train broke down in Salem. It sat at Salem for 3 hours stopping all train traffic.

I ended up working form home that day. It was right at the beginning of the morning rush and no trains were running again until after 9:30 or so.

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Delays on the Rockport Line this morning due to a broken rail.

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