• Happenings on the MARC line

  • Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.
Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.

Moderators: mtuandrew, therock, Robert Paniagua

  by STrRedWolf
 
Train derailment today having some side effects on the Camden line as CSX cleans up north of the Howard Street Tunnel:

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MARC reporting Penn Line is clear, but Camden Line may be delayed due to freight congestion.
  by davinp
 
dcmike wrote:Had an interesting experience over the weekend on the Penn Line.

Was riding southbound in cab car 7848 near the control stand, there was a loud bell that was intermittently but persistently ringing. A concerned passenger actually approached the control stand, opened the door, and demanded an answer from the engineer - who promptly and correctly threw the guy out. But the engineer didn't say anything except "don't worry about it, it's under control".

At the next few station stops, the train would service the station, begin to move and suddenly all the lights and HVAC went out. The train would continue rolling for a few hundred feet, the lights came back on, and the entire train started jerking (not violently but very noticeably), then continue accelerating smoothly. This happened about 3 times, then I became concerned myself and moved to the center of the train so I don't know if the bell kept ringing. Eventually completed the trip to Union Station without further problems.

What was that about?
The door cab car should be locked as passengers should not be able to access it. On VRE they lock the cab car door. In the mornings, as the train heads north to DC, the trains are driven via the cab car as the locomotive is pushing the train. Sometimes I wish I could tell the engineer to stop driving so slowly making us late and to speed up the train.
  by ExCon90
 
Is the cab door locked only against entry, so as not to impede the engineer if he suddenly has to bail out?
  by Robert Paniagua
 
The door cab car should be locked as passengers should not be able to access it. On VRE they lock the cab car door. In the mornings, as the train heads north to DC, the trains are driven via the cab car as the locomotive is pushing the train. Sometimes I wish I could tell the engineer to stop driving so slowly making us late and to speed up the train.

Yes, they should always have the control cab access door locked and closed even if its facing as the last car outbound for obvious reasons
  by STrRedWolf
 
MARC 430 broke around 5:20pm in the B&P tunnel, and caused a ton of headache at Penn Station. 445 left 30 minutes late with 447's folk.
  by mmi16
 
Robert Paniagua wrote:The door cab car should be locked as passengers should not be able to access it. On VRE they lock the cab car door. In the mornings, as the train heads north to DC, the trains are driven via the cab car as the locomotive is pushing the train. Sometimes I wish I could tell the engineer to stop driving so slowly making us late and to speed up the train.

Yes, they should always have the control cab access door locked and closed even if its facing as the last car outbound for obvious reasons
So you are in favor of the Engineer violating operating rules and conditions to keep you from being late?
  by davinp
 
mmi16 wrote:
Robert Paniagua wrote:The door cab car should be locked as passengers should not be able to access it. On VRE they lock the cab car door. In the mornings, as the train heads north to DC, the trains are driven via the cab car as the locomotive is pushing the train. Sometimes I wish I could tell the engineer to stop driving so slowly making us late and to speed up the train.

Yes, they should always have the control cab access door locked and closed even if its facing as the last car outbound for obvious reasons
So you are in favor of the Engineer violating operating rules and conditions to keep you from being late?
Of course not, but it is so frustrating that morning northbound VRE Fredericksburg trains are constantly delayed every morning. Train #306 was delayed everyday last week
  by STrRedWolf
 
Northbound MARC Penn 410 is also delayed on a consistent basis, since the March schedule change. It's always a 5 minute day at least at Odenton.
  by STrRedWolf
 
There seems to be sporatic communications breakdowns for MARC equipment lately. I've seen 15-20 min delays due to communications issues. Someone not keeping these radios checked?