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Old July 21st, 2017, 10:00 PM   #1181
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Amtrak service to Roanoke, Virginia begins 2017.10.31

http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/ro...de67ce943.html
This is cool, and the kind of thing AMTK should be focusing on.

I don't know about how Roanoke in particular fares in this respect, but most small cities lack good, cheap airline service. I've flown puddle jumpers out of my city to connecting hubs, but it does add a lot to your ticket price. And because these regional flights might only operate twice a day, whatever time advantage you get from being in a plane is lost to layovers and waiting. A train wouldn't have a whole lot to compete against. Roanoke to DC and beyond is just far enough that riding in a car(even if it was an autonomous one that drove itself) kind of feels inconvenient.

Also it would be beneficial to regional economies if smaller cities had connections to bigger ones.

Another comparable city which I am surprised doesn't have regional train service is Allentown, PA. Not very far from NYC and maybe 3/4 of the route such a train would take already has commuter service on it.
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Old August 7th, 2017, 08:11 PM   #1182
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"Alton train station building done, site work remains, opening date not set"



http://thetelegraph.com/news/104842/...g-date-not-set
update on Alton, IL Amtrak station - expected to open next month

http://www.stltoday.com/news/traffic...5ba6bd5c6.html


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Old August 7th, 2017, 08:12 PM   #1183
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Another comparable city which I am surprised doesn't have regional train service is Allentown, PA. Not very far from NYC and maybe 3/4 of the route such a train would take already has commuter service on it.
Persistent efforts to bring rail service to Allentown, PA and Manchester, NH (similar population and proximity to global business centers) have thus far been unsuccessful.
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Old September 12th, 2017, 07:22 PM   #1184
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Old December 6th, 2017, 07:37 PM   #1186
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A renovated rail station opened in a small village in rural Illinois.

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Old December 8th, 2017, 06:09 PM   #1187
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Renovated Macomb, IL Amtrak station opened this week
http://www.mcdonoughvoice.com/news/2...-train-station

Grand opening of new Carlinville, IL Amtrak station is next week
http://enquirerdemocrat.com/train-st...pening-monday/
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Old December 12th, 2017, 03:19 AM   #1188
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Regional rail in the Pacific Northwest

A new schedule on Amtrak Cascades goes into effect on 2017.12.18

Main changes:
  • 2 additional daily round trips between Portland and Seattle
  • shorter travel time between Tacoma and Olympia due to the straight route being put into service (shared with Sounder commuter trains)

Northbound old:



Northbound new:



Southbound old:



Southbound new:

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Old December 15th, 2017, 05:45 PM   #1189
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Grand opening of new Carlinville, IL Amtrak station is next week
http://enquirerdemocrat.com/train-st...pening-monday/
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http://foxillinois.com/news/local/ca...ion-12-11-2017


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Old December 18th, 2017, 07:23 PM   #1190
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The first Amtrak over the new routing derailed this morning near Olympia, Washington. Three deaths have been reported.







https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...-near-olympia/
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Old December 18th, 2017, 08:52 PM   #1191
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Aerial images suggest the lead car jumped the curve ( literally straight over! ). The rest of the train then buckled and derailed. And it does not looked like an 80 mph curve ( last known speed of the train) .
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Old December 18th, 2017, 08:55 PM   #1192
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Aerial images suggest the lead car jumped the curve ( literally straight over! ). And it does not looked like an 80 mph curve ( last known speed of the train) .
New operator forgot/didn't acknowledge control panel warnings to slow down for the curve?
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Old December 18th, 2017, 09:05 PM   #1193
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Unbelievable if that is indeed the reason. Don't they do several weeks of driver training on any new routes?
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Old December 18th, 2017, 09:36 PM   #1194
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If that's the reason PTC would have prevented it from happening. Originally there was a deadline that all rail lines carrying passengers or dangerous goods had to have PTC installed before december 15, 2015. We're at the end of 2017 now and a lot of railroads aren't even close to compliance (Like Metra that estimates 2019).

Do US train drivers have to acquire proper 'route knowledge' before they can drive a route, like in the UK and the Netherlands, or can they basically be sent anywhere when they are licensed to drive a train?
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Old December 18th, 2017, 10:29 PM   #1195
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Remains of one of the locomotives



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https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...-near-olympia/
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Old December 18th, 2017, 10:31 PM   #1196
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Another thing they need to check is the possibility of sabotage. Here's why: the rail line in question is used by the military to move equipment in and out of nearby (and very active) Fort Lewis US Army base--and there are a LOT of anti-American Antifa members and sympathizers in the Puget Sound region.
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Old December 18th, 2017, 11:19 PM   #1197
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Unbelievable if that is indeed the reason. Don't they do several weeks of driver training on any new routes?
Pure speculation on my part.

It does happen: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...52835520081002

But no indication yet if that was the case here.
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Old December 18th, 2017, 11:29 PM   #1198
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That looks like the derailment a few years ago in in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. You have a straight track (that was just renovated in 2016) and right after that a tight curve. Location, disable 3D
Also Positive Train Control was not activated according to Amtrak President and Co-CEO Richard Anderson. (Source)
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Another thing they need to check is the possibility of sabotage. Here's why: the rail line in question is used by the military to move equipment in and out of nearby (and very active) Fort Lewis US Army base--and there are a LOT of anti-American Antifa members and sympathizers in the Puget Sound region.
Please keep your right-wing propaganda out of this.

If sabotage is a possibility, the left wing is about the last place history would point us to.
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It's very likely that the bend where the train derailed has a T30/P30 (mph) limit. Last known speed of the train was 81 mph.
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