The four-hour Acela to Boston

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The four-hour Acela to Boston

Postby travelrobb » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:05 am

I've noticed that all the northbound Acelas from New York to Boston are a minimum of 3:50 and some are 4:00 or more. Didn't use to be that way -- what gives?
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Re: The four-hour Acela to Boston

Postby andrewjw » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:03 am

Work on the New Haven line, probably. It'll be this way for a long time, until they finish all the bridge replacements.
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Re: The four-hour Acela to Boston

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:13 am

New Haven Line has been facing ongoing construction for years and it won’t be over for a while.
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Re: The four-hour Acela to Boston

Postby kitn1mcc » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:56 pm

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Re: The four-hour Acela to Boston

Postby hi55us » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:01 pm

Yeah what's especially horrible is 2154 - He's blocked at 4' 9" and given over an hour to cover PVD to BOS.
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Re: The four-hour Acela to Boston

Postby jonnhrr » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:14 pm

2154 - 15 min to go from BBY to BOS???
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Re: The four-hour Acela to Boston

Postby 8th Notch » Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:27 pm

The schedules have been heavily padded due to the track work being done on the Shoreline, this includes both Acelas and Regionals.
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Re: The four-hour Acela to Boston

Postby Acela150 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:55 am

hi55us wrote:Yeah what's especially horrible is 2154 - He's blocked at 4' 9" and given over an hour to cover PVD to BOS.


If one looks at the status of 2154 daily he will mostly arrive way ahead of schedule. Which is a result of a ton of padding which was already mentioned. But when 2154 is late.. He's late north of 10 minutes.
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Re: The four-hour Acela to Boston

Postby mmi16 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:05 pm

When it comes to scheduling trains - any railroad - anywhere.

Schedule time and Running time are two different things. No train will ever be scheduled at running time.

When it comes to the NEC - it will be under reconstruction 'someplace' for the balance of the 21st Century.

Maintenance in the 21st Century is not a 8 man Section Gang taking care of their several mile section of train every day as it was in the previous 'hey day' of the PRR. Today it is all about highly mechanized gangs performing their specialized functions over several miles of track per day. Miles of track that then require speed restrictions for several days until the track integrity has been worked back to 'normal'.
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