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  by BAR
 
lordsigma12345,
Thanks.
BAR
Williamsburg, VA
  by STrRedWolf
 
An odd thought came to me over in the Acela II thread, so I'm double-checking math and whatnot: Superliners on the LSL to NY Grand Central Terminal.

And no, I already know they can't go to Boston. Searching this thread tells me "keep to 14.5' in Boston." I'm now wondering if GCT can handle Superliners, even if they need to take a detour through the Hells Gate.
  by RandallW
 
Clearance on the Park Avenue Tunnel is 15' 1".
  by bostontrainguy
 
If I may respond with my odd thoughts about this. I have always entertained the thought of taking a Superliner LSL to Penn Station. If you watch the Mole People videos you can see that the Empire/West Side connection was a well cleared freight line and Superliners can get enticingly close to Penn Station. I don't know the exact dimensions of the "newer" short connector tunnel (which has third rail and wire in that last stretch) and of course low level platforms would be needed somewhere. You also couldn't get to Sunnyside for servicing so a small facility would need to be built somewhere on the Connection but that's possible. Maybe even a satellite station? Shuttle? Moving sidewalk? It's just an interesting concept for my imagination.
  by RandallW
 
While reading Bills Affecting Interstate Commerce, Hearings ... on H.R. 9047, 9132, 9216, 10495, 11243 (the source for the clearance on the Park Ave tunnel), the chief engineer of the New York Central states that per agreement between the New York Central and the State of New York, the minimum clearance above rail is 16' for new bridges built 60 miles out from the City of New York. I think Superliners are 16' 2".
  by R36 Combine Coach
 
STrRedWolf wrote: ↑Sat Sep 24, 2022 4:07 pm And no, I already know they can't go to Boston. Searching this thread tells me "keep to 14.5' in Boston."
Was the Prudential Center/Back Bay tunnel built to a loading gauge to restrict freight? I can't think of
any freight running through the Prudential Center except carloads to the Boston Herald (now closed).
  by Railjunkie
 
STrRedWolf wrote: ↑Sat Sep 24, 2022 4:07 pm An odd thought came to me over in the Acela II thread, so I'm double-checking math and whatnot: Superliners on the LSL to NY Grand Central Terminal.

And no, I already know they can't go to Boston. Searching this thread tells me "keep to 14.5' in Boston." I'm now wondering if GCT can handle Superliners, even if they need to take a detour through the Hells Gate.
We have had Superliners in Albany on 48/49 turned the train set on the wye, wish I had pictures. That is as far as they go same with private varnish domes. Empire Tunnel cant handle them and I believe there maybe a bridge or two on Metro North with clearance issues. I have no idea about the clearances of the Park Ave tunnels and GCT. I would take a SWAG and say they wont fit. One of the many reasons NYCRR didn't have dome cars in its inventory.
  by RandallW
 
The MBTA bi-level equipment is 15' 6" according to Hyundai Rotem. Still shorter than Superliners, but not as restrictive as suggested elsewhere (unless Amtrak has a non-revenue facility that the MBTA bi-levels can't fit in).
  by Allouette
 
New Superliner IIs were delivered from the Bombardier plant in Barre VT via the New England Central and Palmer MA, including one group led by a P32AC-DM and an FL9 that had been at Railroad Days in White River Jct VT. As far as I know that was as far east as Superliners ever got on the LSL's route.

The consist above also had a couple of heritage display cars and a Viewliner II sleeper. Between White River Jct and Bellows Falls an ex-Rutland wooden combine owned by Green Mountain RR brought up the markers (with unlit oil marker lamps!). GMRC's ex-Rutland RS1 405 pulled the combine off at Bellows Falls.
  by bostontrainguy
 
I personally have seen the dome car Silver Chalet in South Station. It was the Quad Graphics business/display train but it came in via the Fairmount. However I do remember that Amtrak did a dome car test run to Boston and the car cleared the Beacon Street bridge but only by inches which they felt was too close for comfort. Wouldn't it be great to see the fall foliage through the Berkshires from a LSL dome car crossing the state?

Silver Chalet in Chcago:
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  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Mr. Trainguy, member R Paul Carey wrote about handling a dome into South Station:

post68183.html#p68183
  by bostontrainguy
 
Thank you Mr. Norman. My memory is still working adequately at least πŸ™‚
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
bostontrainguy wrote: ↑Sun Sep 25, 2022 8:16 am Wouldn't it be great to see the fall foliage through the Berkshires from a LSL dome car crossing the state?
Well, Timmy had his 1:1 Lionel Dome!!!

But I guess that now belongs to Chessie, and who knows if she will include such in the consist of her Executrain.

Likely off topic at an Amtrak Forum, I think Mr. Ainsworth passed prior to Timmy acquiring the car, so that acquisition would not be reported at his Dome Main site that is still maintained on the Train Web platform.
  by STrRedWolf
 
Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Sun Sep 25, 2022 8:59 am Mr. Trainguy, member R Paul Carey wrote about handling a dome into South Station:

post68183.html#p68183
Yeah, I saw that when I searched the thread first before the question. Thus my "It's not going to Boston" comment.
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