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Old May 17th, 2015, 02:05 AM   #5641
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Amtrak Acela Express Waits for its turn to enter the East River Tunnels in Queens,NY


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Old May 17th, 2015, 02:22 AM   #5642
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that's a start
but I find it odd that the NEC doesn't have positive train control (on all sections) when it is the busiest rail corridor probably on the entire continent
Would you also find it odd if a 1920s Studabaker didn't have gps...?
It's old, Amtrak funding is a pittance. It doesn't have PTC, and it's not that surprising...
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Old May 17th, 2015, 05:14 AM   #5643
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The infraestructure of NEC it's federal administration or separated state administration?
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Does anybody know when the NYC-Philly route will be reopened?
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Old May 17th, 2015, 06:34 AM   #5645
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Does anybody know when the NYC-Philly route will be reopened?
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Old May 17th, 2015, 06:40 AM   #5646
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The infraestructure of NEC it's federal administration or separated state administration?
Massachusetts DOT (Boston - MA/RI border)
Amtrak (MA/RI border - New Haven)
Connecticut Department of Transportation (New Haven - CT/NY border)
Metro-North Railroad (CT/NY border - New Rochelle)
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It's old, Amtrak funding is a pittance. It doesn't have PTC, and it's not that surprising...
That is very surprising. Lines with speeds over 100 mph or with steep inclines without any ATC system are ridiculous. And unfortunately there have been plenty of accidents proving that.

It's especially these locations where you transition to and from higher speeds combined with sharp curves that are particularly dangerous and need additional protection. Human operators make mistakes, just ask the driver of the Santiago de Compostela crash. They didn't intend to make mistakes, but they happened. The lives of the passengers carried and those living around the danger areas are to important not to protect the system from the single point of failure called a human operator.
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Old May 18th, 2015, 02:48 AM   #5648
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Cool seeing the signal change from green to red at the end...
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Old May 18th, 2015, 02:26 PM   #5650
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That is very surprising. Lines with speeds over 100 mph or with steep inclines without any ATC system are ridiculous. And unfortunately there have been plenty of accidents proving that...
There are very few of those sections...and they have not been operated at those high speeds for some time.

In any case, the point I'm making is, if we're going to make the assumption that economic decisions are "rational" (for the sake of brevity, we will), it is not surprising that an entity with limited funds, and the relevant State Agencies that seem to always find more pressing issues, would not put in the effort to roll out PTC. Considering the backlog of work on the corridor, it does make sense that they never got around to it. Not acceptable, but it's really not so shocking...

That's the reality of why it took the Metro North accident to create a strong push for the current roll out to happen...

That's what I mean by "not surprising."
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Old May 23rd, 2015, 07:38 AM   #5651
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Northeast Corridor train travel ground to a halt for 30mins yesterday so conductors could escort some ducklings off the tracks...


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Old May 23rd, 2015, 09:12 AM   #5652
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New Catenary Poles along the New Haven Line in CT


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Those are all over the 20 some mile stretch in New Jersey where they're upgrading for 160 mph.
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Old May 23rd, 2015, 08:03 PM   #5654
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I'm pretty sure the ones in New Jersey are of a different type.
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Found this article about high speed trains in the U.S

"About 160 years ago, the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the US made travel between the East and West Coasts a lot easier, and changed the country forever.

Today, Americans still rely on trains to help them to go great distances or just across the city.

And just around the time when America was building its first cross-country railroad, Siemens started building passenger trains, all over the world.

Siemens and a private company in Florida have joined together to start another transportation revolution: a new passenger train line that just might be the future of American transportation."



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sc/hi...#ixzz3az2HFyg6
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Westbound Amtrak Acela Express Crawling through New Haven - State Street Station


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I'm pretty sure the ones in New Jersey are of a different type.
Yea , Amtrak is going with a PRR Design while the MNRR is going with a custom design.
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http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/B...304794591.html

The Texas High Speed rail project still lives! Although privately funded, a ban on the use of any public funding for the project whatsoever would have been a big problem because it means TXDOT would not be allowed to do simple things like coordinate their own plans or engineering with this project.

Anyways, to me the US just needs one successful HSR project. Then the dam will break, people will see and experience what HSR is like and soon there will be demand for all over the place.
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Commuter Rail & Amtrak Ridership along the NEC

Providence Line - 19,634 (MBTA/Commuter Rail RI/MA) & 8306 (Amtrak - MA/R/I)
Amtrak Only Serviced Stations in RI & CT - 594
Shore Line East - 2400 (Commuter Rail - Eastern CT) & 607 (Amtrak - CT)
New Haven Line - 125,000 (Commuter Rail - Western CT/Eastern NY) & 3550 (Amtrak - CT)
Proposed : Hell Gate Line : 40,000
Long Island Railroad Main Line - 250,000 (Commuter Rail - NYC) & 29,500 (NYP - Amtrak)
Morris & Essex Midtown Direct - 25,600 (Commuter Rail - NJ) & 0 (Amtrak)
Northeast Corridor Line - 117,600 (Commuter Rail - NJ) & 4460 (Amtrak-NJ)
Trenton Line - 10,387 (Commuter Rail - PA) & 11,850 (Amtrak-PA)
Wilmington/Newark Line - 9,274 (Commuter Rail - PA/DE) & 1940 (Amtrak - DE)
Penn Line - 26,046 (Commuter Rail - MD/DC) & 19,400 (Amtrak - MD & DC)
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Fantastic picture, wouldn't the East River Tunnels be extremely congested with only two single bores?

I find American railways so much more interesting to my own in Britain. After privatisation in the mid 1990s all our trains are bland and boring European built multiple units.
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