Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by DutchRailnut
 
CT Comm Rail Council

From Council meeting: M8's on shorelineeast can't happen until electrification of 3 sidings occur, This is 2-3 years away.
  by Noel Weaver
 
Two to three years away? Seems to me they could do a lot better than that.
Noel Weaver
  by F-line to Dudley via Park
 
Would appear they're timing this with construction completion of the two remaining single-platform stations that need to get doubled-up, so probably just rolling all their deadlines up in a big ball.
  by GirlOnTheTrain
 
The first test run to New London with the M8 operating under its own power was done last night and supposedly will repeat tonight sometime after 8pm in case anyone is around and wants to catch it.
  by Jeff Smith
 
Per Amtrak NEC Group in Facebook last night was 9106/9107/9262/9263. So they're testing 4 car consists it appears.
  by MCL1981
 
TL/DR.

Will the M8 consists eventually running the SLE routes have bar cars? I think that's the most important question to be asked here. :)
  by GirlOnTheTrain
 
Lawd, you still participate in that farce group? LOL

Despite the state's claims they're doing bar cars I'll believe it when I see it...I would think they'd be even less inclined to go through with them since Metro North is now essentially washing their hands of commissary carts and kiosks at Grand Central and according to news reports have told everyone in that department to look elsewhere for employment.
  by Jeff Smith
 
MCL, :P LMAO. I concur!

GotT (im Himmel!), yes, the CEO must keep his eye on all things trains. Usually I just follow friends' posts, but I'll check in on occasion. Some of the groups I have left.
  by Jeff Smith
 
Another test run last night per the Amtrak NEC FB group. Also reported in that post that the 8's are still not ACSES compatible. Perhaps that means certified, as they were designed with ACSES, no? In any case, the report stated they were running absolute block.

I would guess that these would be operated by Amtrak crews, so I imagine the cab has both an Amtrak and MNRR engineer to qualify on the equipment and territory?
  by DutchRailnut
 
why would MN engineers need to qualify the territory ? Amtrak crew and a M-8 qualified Road Foreman or pilot.
  by ebtmikado
 
Wire will start going up on Tk. 4 in Guilford, and the west end of Tk. 3 in Old Saybrook in the very near future. The east end of Tk. 3 has had catenary for years.
The only one which won't be for a while is Tk. 6 in NLC.
  by Ryand-Smith
 
Question, would it be likely that SLE/MN would run "Super Locals" from GCT All the way to Waverly, making a what, 2.4 hour commute possible (and with that and the extension of MTA to deleware, the super commuter challenge possible)
  by DutchRailnut
 
could yes, but untill its in schedule don't get hopes up, so far the ACSES on M-8's still needs full upgrading .
  by Ryand-Smith
 
Question, whats the max speed of a M8l 100 MPH, or are they 79 MPH limited?
  by DutchRailnut
 
100 mph but currently they have ATC set lower to 80 or 90.
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