by Fan Railer
Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Tue Jun 29, 2021 6:10 am Over at the Disposition topic, Mr. Approach notes:Doubtful that this changes the rollout schedule. They still have yet to receive the fully outfitted trainsets required for training of onboard crews and maintenance personnel. In his interview, Chris was pretty solid about the early 2022 date for full FRA certification, which is required before revenue service can begin.
ApproachMedium wrote: Just as little tiddys of info here. The new trainsets it has been confirmed that due to the single pan operation, they can now do 165mph with non constant tension wire. So much more of the railroad that currently offers only 135mph max operations can now run close to 160. Single pan ops eliminates the rear panto bounce at higher speeds as well as the rear panto bounce from two trains passing at high speeds.Now could this apparently positive development mean that an Acela-II could be inaugurated in revenue service sooner than the one year delay earlier noted?
Also the max curve speed for the new set is now 150mph vs 130mph of the old sets. Likely the rollout of these trains will be in current time slots, with trains that see the most ridership.
As far as speeding up service goes until you get rid of the station area slowdowns, you wont see any major decrease in time to travel. 30mph thru balimore for a few miles, 30 for about 3 or 4 in Philly, Wilmington, Shore curve etc. Thats what really kills the running time for anything.