Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby electricron » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:41 am

we are 44 pages into this thread, is anyone keeping count on which tracks have been refurbished?
Per Amtrak's web site

2018 Summer Renewal (May 26-Sept. 4):
– Empire Connection – Amtrak will be replacing track in the Empire
Tunnel, as well as replacing cross ties, grade crossings and 80,000 feet of continuous rail, including the track between the tunnel and the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge.
– Spuyten Duyvil Bridge – Amtrak will be updating the bridge’s mechanical and electrical equipment.
– Track 19 at New York Penn Station – Amtrak will replace three turnouts and conduct total ballasted track and wood tie track replacement.
2018 Winter Renewal (Jan. 5-May 28)
From January 5th through May 28th, work tasks to be completed in New York Penn Station include: (Numbers correspond with locations where work occurred at track level. See map on next page.)
1. Replace Track 15 block tie and ballasted track 2. Rehabilitate Track 18 direct fixation track
3. Replace three (3) turnouts in “C” Interlocking
2017 Summer Renewal ( )
Already null and void at Amtrak's web site, from not even two years ago.
From others they rebuilt Track 10 and worked on many turnouts in A Interlocking, but that information is second hand, not from the source we should be using - and what amtrak directs us to.

If we just look at what Amtrak publicly reports on its web site, in two years they have repaired Tracks 15, 18, and 19.

So out of a total of 21 tracks with platforms, they have finished 3 or 4. At the pace they're proceeding, its going to take 10 years to finish repairing their busiest station, where approximately 33% of all riders nationally visit. WOW!
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby JamesRR » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:13 pm

They've done more than 3. The progress reports are outdated. And it's not clear they are redoing all of them - rather, tracks are in most need of repair.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby EuroStar » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:29 am

While I am not sure if it is part of the repairs or just the work related to Moynihan Station, track 1E has brand new shiny copper catenary, so presumably it will be back in service in a few weeks. I could not determine if track 2E was also already wired or not.
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