StLouSteve wrote: ↑Wed May 26, 2021 8:20 am Regarding replacing Albany LAB, perhaps during construction, Amtrak will have to use the freight bridge (Smith) and back down the B&A connection to access the station--like they did years ago with the Lake Shore Limited to Boston when the Post Road connection was torn out by PC. This move will require an engine change to switch directions to continue onward.From what I understand as the new bridge will be a lift span. The old bridge is to remain in service until the new is ready to be cut in. If LAB is taken OOS cant turn trains due to the way the new signals are set up. Everything will need diesels on either end.
I did this move recently when Amtrak ran an Autumn Express up the West Shore, across Smith Bridge and then down the Hudson. Lots of rare miles.
Of course the Coast Guard will have a say in this so it remains to be seen how it will be handled.