khecht wrote:Lots of delays this morning. SEPTA's web site says up to 10 min delays due to slippery rails, but a lot seem running later.
I'm on the R2's 5212 as I write this. The train (7 car Bombardier PP) was reported 14 late at 7:05, we were 21 late out of Marcus Hook and are now 30 late out of Norwood, crawling through restricted and stop signals in Delaware County. Judging by boardings in Ridley Park and Norwood, they routed a local ahead of us, which seems like right thing to do given how late we are.
Is this really just slippery rails, or were there some operational or scheduling problems implementing the new schedule this morning. At least on this side of the R2, Amtrak seems on time, the train itself seems OK and yet we're 30+ late.
The funny thing was that I checked train view around 7am, and 5212 was still on-time, even though half the trains out there were highlighed in yellow, meaning a delay of over 5(?) minutes. I had an obstructed view, and couldn't see if 9214 was at Marcus Hook, but judging by the time, I knew it went out ahead. The stops at Ridley Park and Norwood were seconds long, as everybody probably piled onto 9214. And Amtrak would NEVER let the R2 onto the inner tracks, God forbid. I think we were like 45 minutes late getting into Market East.
I thought the NEC was relatively immune to slippery rail. I knew this being the first day of a new schedule, that things might be delayed a little, but today was a bad one.