Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby JamesRR » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:31 am

Getting this topic back on track, here's an image of Track 15 on 2/7/18. Awaiting third rail and misc. component installation:

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Track 15 from the W.E.C.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby Ridgefielder » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:39 pm

Detouring the LSL "around the horn" via DV, MO, JO and New Rochelle presents some serious challenges. DV to New Rochelle is MNRR territory so you'd need a pilot. The wye at MO, while used all the time for passenger service, is not high speed. And you'd have to change ends at New Rochelle, likely fouling one of the mains in the process. Which given the schedule of the eastbound you'd be doing at the absolute height of the evening rush hour, sometime around 6pm or so. Not something that's going to delight MN: and remember, in Westchester and Connecticut it's their railroad, not Amtrak's.

I honestly think it would be easier to operate the LSL via Springfield and New Haven. You could either move the split w the Boston section to Springfield temporarily, or you could even leave the split at Albany w one section following the other as far as Springfield. For anyone in a hurry to reach NY you could offer across-the-platform transfer at ALB to an Empire Service train. Heck you could even eliminate the Albany engine change for the time being and swap the diesel for an electric motor at New Haven.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby EuroStar » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:24 pm

Some work has begun in the eastern end of the space formerly occupied by yard track 5A. There is a lot of activity -- people in hard hats in the area which is "fenced in" with some kind of tarp. As of right now, I am unable to figure out what they are doing. This definitely is not directly connected to the rehabilitation of the station tracks that is going at this time.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby JamesRR » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:40 pm

This might be connected to the Moynihan Train Hall project. They are going to be adding staircases down to the Amtrak platforms from the terminal building, which is under heavy construction right now.

If anyone's interested, Amtrak continues to release progress reports on the station rehabilitation. Some interesting notes about Track 18, which is direct fixation and will undergo a "rehab" rather than a full rebuild beginning in March:

https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/proj ... 020218.pdf
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby AlKaLI » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:21 am

Platform Barriers between Tracks 15 & 16 were partially removed as noticed this morning. There is still MOW equipment on the new track but a quick inspection showed that rails and 3rd rail look complete. Protection boards were awaiting installation. Don't know what is needed to "commission" the new track but at this pace, Track 15 looks to be opened by next week. AK
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby adamj023 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:41 pm

Project is coming along, Track 15 has access to the east river tunnels which is being blocked till the track is back in service as Track 18 doesn’t utilize east river tunnels so another track accessible to east river tunnels will be in place.

I presume another project will be needed after this current project is completed to fix other areas of Penn Station.

Amtrak seems to be running a lot better at Penn Station as the project gets further along to completion and the worst of the outages seem to be over at last.

Not sure how the condition of other non updated tracks and interlocking/turnouts are.
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Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Postby Jeff Smith » Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:52 pm

FL9's to be rehabbed for Empire service. Discussion here: viewtopic.php?f=195&t=8683&start=2310
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