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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by amtrakhogger
 
PSCC controls NY Terminal, Harold to Bergen and to Empire.
  by Erie-Lackawanna
 
amtrakhogger wrote: Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:54 am PSCC controls NY Terminal, Harold to Bergen and to Empire.
Well, strictly speaking, that’s mostly true; PSCC actually controls past HAROLD to GATE (inclusive). But several CETC desks are in the same room, and they control from the eastern limits of HOLMES to BERGEN; from GATE (exclusive) to CP 216 (exclusive); and on the Empire line, from EMPIRE (exclusive) to CP 12 (exclusive); and the upper Hudson from CP 75 (exclusive) to CP 169 (exclusive). A casual observer looking at that picture couldn’t tell the difference between a “PSCC” desk and a “CETC” desk.

Jim
  by amtrakhogger
 
I was just being specific as if he was inquiring about the desks themselves rather than the office as a whole.
  by RRspatch
 
In regard to CETC -vs- PSCC they are actually two separate systems. Back when PSCC was being planned the LIRR and NJT, which jointly funded it, wanted nothing to do with the original CETC (Chrysler Defense Electronics) system and insisted on a stand alone system. Yes, the original CETC system was THAT bad. Amtrak has since replaced the original Chrysler system with a much newer computer dispatching system. In May of 2013 I visited the Wilmington office and the new system looked very much like the system I was using at BNSF. I have to assume however that there are still two systems that at least talk (hand off trains) to each other.
  by STrRedWolf
 
Well... You got connections to NEC South-of-NYP, the Empire connection, LIRR, and Metro-North via Hellgate... and the Sunnyside yard. It's possible to do it all from any place, but radio communications without a back-haul favor local areas. So PSCC coordinating hand-offs to newer CETC/LIRR/Metro-North? Sounds about right.

I bet there's even a desk or two at Grand Central for Metro-North to coordinate with PSCC.
  by Erie-Lackawanna
 
STrRedWolf wrote: Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:59 am I bet there's even a desk or two at Grand Central for Metro-North to coordinate with PSCC.
I believe MNR has a CETC Section A view-only terminal in its Operations Control Center, and I know that MNR’s dispatching system sees occupancy just east of Pelham Bay, and north of Inwood (I had an MNR view-only terminal in my office and I could see Amtrak as they approached CP 12 and CP 216).