Original NH Catenary Replacement Progress

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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by Kilgore Trout » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:58 pm

This week the floating-beam catenary above tracks 1 and 2 was removed entirely through Bridgeport station. 4 is already CT, I assume 3 will be removed from service once at least one other track is finished and CP 255 is available for use.
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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by emillard09 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:05 pm

From the MTA website:
Posted: 07/17/2012 7:06PM

UPDATE: New Haven Line – Delays

New Haven Line Service continues to experience delays of 10 to 15 minutes due to wire damage in the vicinity of Greenwich. Please listen for announcements at your station.
Hasn't the catenary already been upgraded in Greenwich? It seems like the CT sections of the catenary experience more incidents than the old sections.

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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by Clean Cab » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:52 pm

All overhead wire from Pelham to South Norwalk and from CP 261 (Devon) to New Haven (Division Post) has been changed to the new constant tension system. Wire problems still can still happen in these areas if trees fall into the wire.
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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by Jeff Smith » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:16 pm

Or if an earlier M2,4,6 snags it, right?
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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by DutchRailnut » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:38 am

The wire problem at Greenwich last tuesday was a tree that fell in feeder wires above the Catenary. it happened just east of Port Chester Curve.
Also despite the M-8 having preventive features on pantographs its no guarantee that they will not pull down wire at some point.
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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by Jeff Smith » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:32 am

I blame tree huggers.
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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by Clean Cab » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:14 pm

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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by Train538 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:57 pm

How soon until traffic is moved over to tracks 2 & 4? The temporary platform is almost ready for use at Southport on track 1 (missing the lights, though) while Fairfield's temporary platform is still partly on both tracks 2 & 1. Also, how long will the temporary platform be at Fairfield Metro?
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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project -- Good for 25 kV?

Post by amm in ny » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:17 pm

Is the new catenary that Metro-North is putting in capable of going to 25 kV, to match Amtrak's New Haven-to-Boston catenary?

The insulators look as big as the ones on the Amtrak segment, which made me wonder if going up to 25 kV might be something they're working towards.

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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project -- Good for 25 kV?

Post by F-line to Dudley via Park » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:13 pm

amm in ny wrote:Is the new catenary that Metro-North is putting in capable of going to 25 kV, to match Amtrak's New Haven-to-Boston catenary?

The insulators look as big as the ones on the Amtrak segment, which made me wonder if going up to 25 kV might be something they're working towards.
Modern hardware isn't the problem. NJT did its phase change by simply unplugging 12.5kV/25Hz and plugging in 25kV/60Hz using the same exact overhead. What they're using for the upgrades can almost certainly handle it. It's the clearances under bridges that are a P.I.T.A. with 25kV because the gaps under structures have to be wider for the higher voltage. And MNRR doesn't want to mess with that much infrastructure and the diminishing returns on cost that would entail.

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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by DutchRailnut » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:30 pm

MNCR will NOT go to 25Kv, the limit is 12.5kv (13.2 actual) due to structural clearances to bridges and overpasses.
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Connecticut Catenary Project

Post by bigly63 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:11 pm

Where does the current CT project stand? Haven't read any updates since March 2012...

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Re: Connecticut Catenary Project

Post by Clean Cab » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:35 am

The overhead catenary wire has been replaced on all tracks in Connecticut from State Line (NY/CT) to CP 241 (South Norwalk), CP 248 (Southport) to CP 255 (Bridgeport) and CP 261 (Devon) to Division Post (MN/Amtrak) at MP 72.9.
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Re: Connecticut Catenary Project

Post by shadyjay » Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:40 pm

Here's the update on the current project as of 1/2013:
http://www.ct.gov/dot/lib/dot/documents ... r_2012.pdf

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Re: Catenary (Wire) Project Next Phase Fairfield to Bridgepo

Post by Train538 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:23 pm

As of last weekend, tracks 3 & 1 are now OOS between CP 248 & CP 255, so the temporary platforms with the "banana wood lights" are in use at Southport, Fairfield, and Fairfield Metro for the track 3 platforms.
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