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Old November 28th, 2016, 06:35 PM   #3281
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Recorded November 27th, 2016 (11/27/16). Welcome aboard Amtrak Thanksgiving Holiday Extra Northeast Regional train 1099, originating out of New York Penn Station & bound for Washington DC with leased commuter equipment (NJT GE Arrow III EMU). Along the way, we make the following station stops:

Newark Penn Station - 14:20
Metropark - 31:08
Trenton Transit Center - 1:02:55
30th Street Station, Philadelphia - 1:34:15
Wilmington, DE - 2:07:30
Baltimore Penn Station - 3:04:51
BWI Airport Railway Station - 3:21:02
New Carrollton - 3:38:25
Union Station, Washington DC - 3:47:05

Due to the equipment, we are limited to 80 MPH the entire way down, but despite that, the ride was still pretty decent. We start off in the first car (1361), but end up moving to the second car (1362), so that I can position myself over a motor truck as opposed to a trailer truck. Additionally, the horn on 1361 was crap, so I didn't have a compelling reason to stay in the first car. I apologize for the sun sliding into and out of the shot, as I did not anticipate the winding nature of the Corridor to be an issue with the lighting this time of year. At the very least, the audio is well captured, and the conductor is quite cheerful. Along the way, we play leapfrog with Northeast Regional train 145 @ Hamilton, Trenton, and 30th Street, a pair of guys coming from Philly bound for NYC get on at Trenton after getting off SEPTA only to find out they've gotten on the wrong train and are headed back to Philly, and we see lots and lots of railfans @ various stations. Thanks for watching and enjoy the ride =)

Image thumbnail credits to Rob Sartain​. Many thanks to him for allowing me to use his photo.
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Old December 5th, 2016, 05:59 PM   #3282
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Update on construction of new Amtrak station in Rochester, New York





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Old December 6th, 2016, 07:31 AM   #3283
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Amtrak trains in Chicago

Halsted/UIC station by Adam Moss, on Flickr

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Old December 9th, 2016, 02:26 PM   #3284
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Old December 18th, 2016, 07:23 PM   #3285
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Old December 19th, 2016, 03:29 PM   #3286
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The California High-Speed Rail Authority

"The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs."

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Old December 19th, 2016, 03:36 PM   #3287
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In this winter harsh condition, presumably the trains need to be de-iced or/and anti-iced processes. Pls take a glance at Nordic countries under similar conditions.
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Old December 19th, 2016, 04:47 PM   #3288
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CHSRA High-Speed Rail Trainsets

"The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is seeking a trainset manufacturer to design, build and maintain Tier III Trainsets for the use on the nations’ first high-speed rail system. California’s high-speed trainsets will be able to achieve sustained speeds of 200 mph and take passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours."

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Old December 20th, 2016, 02:35 PM   #3289
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A planned passenger rail line from Columbus, Ohio to Chicago – with a stop in Fort Wayne – has been awarded federal and state approval, officials announced Monday.
http://wane.com/2016/12/19/feds-supp...gh-fort-wayne/
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Old January 2nd, 2017, 02:19 PM   #3290
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 10:46 AM   #3291
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I hope this gets some traction behind it (although it doesn't have any robust connections -- this'd be the first train to call at Columbus since the National Limited was discontinued in 1980).

Alignment-wise, the route would seem to follow the old PRR line from Chicago east to Lima, Ohio; the Erie-Lackawanna alignment from there to Marion, OH; and then an old C&O one from there down to Columbus. The PRR section is lightly used at best; the Erie one is completely abandoned; and the C&O one seems to still be in use, maybe by CSX. The routes are straight enough and lightly used enough that they should allow 110 mph service right out of the box.
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Why most of North American trains are moving fortresses? Different regulations or just different style? Or both?
Most American passenger trains share the rails with massive freight trains, so Federal regulations require them to be able to crash directly into a freight train without crushing the driver's compartment. In order to do that, the train must be designed like a tank. Nobody has thought of a bullet-train like crumpling nose with massive springs... This makes it very hard to find a supplier for new trains because the far more experienced ones in Europe and Japan would have to design a whole new train for just the US market, for a relatively small order. There are also the Buy America rules, which absolutely require that the train be assembled in America from majority American-made parts. Only a few manufacturers have facilities in America.
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Is maintenance none existent for this bridge? A decent paint job wil extent its life span.
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Is maintenance none existent for this bridge? A decent paint job wil extent its life span.
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New High-Tech Big Board At Penn Station Experiencing Technical Difficulties

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It’s only been a few weeks since Amtrak took down the legendary old-school "Big Board" of arrival and departure times at Penn Station and the new digital system has already gone on the fritz.

Commuters reported Friday morning that the system, which features a series of smaller screens distributed around the terminal, briefly stopped working, leaving them to fend for themselves/look at their phones/ask other humans for help IRL.

Some, or at least one, were calling the meltdown the "Big Board Blackout."

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Source: https://twitter.com/jpketterer/statu...063489/photo/1



Source: https://twitter.com/bkleinNYC/status...348544/photo/1

Read more: http://gothamist.com/2017/02/17/big_...kout_of_17.php


P.S. I am not sure how many people use Amtrak NEC to commute. Is it considered as part of NYC Commuter Railroad?
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