justalurker66 wrote:Cab signals? There shouldn't be cab signals on the NS Chicago Line. Did Amtrak hold up the train short of 21st St? That should not be cab signaled either.I agree, it did seem strange that a train was allowed to leave the initial terminal in the first place with inoperative or untested cab signals. That is, however, the line we were fed. I didn't have a chance to ask the conductor who made the initial announcement, since he was relieved by a fresh conductor while mechanical was on the lead unit.
NS installed PTC on the NS Chicago Line but it is not active except for a couple of test freight trains. The "Cab Signals" comment seems bogus (and there are procedures to keep the trains moving even if cab signals fail).
"It's not even a railroad anymore, it's a circus act."