• Amtrak NEC Delay and Service Disruption Thread

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  by twropr
 
It appears that all service on the Empire (NY-ALB), Harrisburg, Springfield along with the entire NEC
are affected.
Andy
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
As I noted to a fan ("foams" a bit more than I) and frequent Amtrak passenger when he informed me of this situation:
Funny how these kind of things never happened on the New Haven or the P- Road - both of which had manned Blocks until The End.
  by TheOneKEA
 
I will be curious to know what type of communications outage took place and if said outage was directly responsible for the signalling problems.
  by STrRedWolf
 
ChesterValley wrote: Sun Dec 31, 2023 8:25 am I guess this is as good of a thread as any to post this, but does anyone know what's going wrong with the NE Corridor today? SEPTA reports it as a "Radio Failure" with service suspended on all Amtrak lines, NJ Transit reports it as a "Service Disruption" with delays into and out of NYP but suspension for AC RR section from 30th to Cherry Hill, MARC reports its as a "Communications Failure" with cancellations. MBTA and Metro North aren't reporting any Service disruptions.

It doesn't look like anyone knows whats going on other than trains are getting cancelled as their time comes around
Word from those "closer to the action" says "comms failure" which to me says "CTEC's radio system broke, all trains stop."
  by daybeers
 
Communication of the issue and the subsequent delays was again a problem. Amtrak isn't making repeat customers here...
  by NortheastTrainMan
 
Today Jan 21, 2024, Amtrak Northeast Regional 121 was astronomically late. The train runs from NYP to WAS, typically with a Metroliner Cab Car leading (for a quick turn), then it turns to 122 and runs back to NYP.

121 was over an hour late by the time it began its run at NYP. Any ideas on why this train began its run so far behind schedule? 121 is scheduled to depart NYP at 10:29 AM, today it departed at 11:36 AM.
Screenshot from RailRat.Net below / attached.
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For context, it was below freezing & there was snow residue from snowfall this week. However, there wasn't a giant mass delay issue. Was it the weather? Difficulty getting access to NYP via East River Tunnels? Frozen switch(es) in Sunnyside Yard? It's not too often in my empirical observation to see this train running anything over 30 mins late max, let alone over 60 mins late.

Sidebar, I find it ironic this train was late on its "day." 121, was late on 1/21. The universe was trolling me :P .
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  by NortheastTrainMan
 
Earlier this week on April 9, 2024 (at least according to this video), there was a signal outage along the NEC.
I'm not 100% sure on the area, but it might be between Delaware County and Delaware.

Here's the video from "SouthPhillyRail" on YouTube:

  by twropr
 
The signal outage on the 9th involved Phil and Hook interlockings, many intermediate automatic signals at stop and proceed. After about hrs from when it began about 4 pm the trains really started to stack up.
Andy
  by STrRedWolf
 
west point wrote: Tue Apr 16, 2024 12:17 am What caused the 2 - 3 hour delays Monday between Newark and PHL?
NJ Transit Arrow III broke a panograph and took down a caternary line. NEC trains were delayed heavily around NYC. MARC/SEPTA trains were fine.
  by west point
 
Until all the PRR style CAT is replaced these incidents will continue to happen. The PRR style has all tracks CAT supported by a single cross wire between support poles outside the tracks. A snag will often cascade to other track's CAT pulling down wires on more than just the snag's track.
  by R36 Combine Coach
 
west point wrote: Thu Apr 18, 2024 1:22 am Until all the PRR style CAT is replaced these incidents will continue to happen. The PRR style has all tracks CAT supported by a single cross wire between support poles outside the tracks.
Does the New Haven catenary have the same problem?
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