Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby Patrick Boylan » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:52 am

bdawe wrote:
electricron wrote:And I suppose once LIRR enters Grand Central with many trains on a regular basis there will still be plenty of room for Amtrak too? LOL!


LIRR isn't going into the existing GCT. They're building a whole 'nuther GCT underneath GCT just for LIRR, so ya?

Backshophoss wrote:MTA/MN would be happy to see Amtrak return to NY Penn in Sept,they need the platform space back,ESA has made hash of the lower level loop
and yard space to allow Elevator/Escalator/Stair space to the deeper LIRR platforms.

bdawe, that was my first reaction, but if Mr Hoss is correct and ESA's already disrupted GCT tracks and platforms then there should be a space issue now.
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby DutchRailnut » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:11 am

the ESA project has left GCT without a few platforms during the construction, but the net loss is in yard tracks.
So now a lot of tunnel slots are occupied by deadheads leaving for other yards like Harmon, High bridge and Stamford.
plus in evening the reverse happens when trains come back to GCT for evening rush.
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby ryanov » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:55 pm

Is that part temporary?
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby DutchRailnut » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:31 pm

>>> during construction <<<<<
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby scoostraw » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:21 am

Guys, there is going to be a concert at Grand Central later today. Does anyone know where exactly this is?
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby Ridgefielder » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:52 am

scoostraw wrote:Guys, there is going to be a concert at Grand Central later today. Does anyone know where exactly this is?

Old Main Waiting Room, now called Vanderbilt Hall. 42nd St. side of the building. Camera is facing east toward Lexington; the west half of the room is taken up by the Great Northern Food Hall.
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby DutchRailnut » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:09 pm

wonder if this is secret paul mccartney concert ??

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/p ... 83631.html
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby TomNelligan » Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:06 pm

Link to Trains story about Sir Paul at GCT:

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... ral-friday
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby scoostraw » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:44 pm

Yup that's what it is Dutch.
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby george matthews » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:56 pm

David Benton wrote:I don't know why they don't just go 3rd rail EMU for the Empire trains, with a m' u able diesel tacked on to start once clear.

There was a long period when EMU trains from Waterloo to Bournemouth had a diesel engine attached to take them on to Weymouth. I think half the train from London was left behind in Bournemouth. This practice ended when the third rail was extended to Weymouth.
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby east point » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:13 pm

For reasons not fully understood 3rd rail EMUs and dual mode locos are limited to about 90 - 100 MPH. Amtrak wants 125 eventually and 110 MPH locos now. Evidently there are pick up problems from 3rd rail at higher speeds. Pick up shoe bounce causing air gaps that interrupt power to electronics because of too low voltage and too high Amps burning up shoes. . .
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby DutchRailnut » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:16 pm

problem is gaping , ever try to interrupt power flow of 2000 amp at 700 volt ??? its like 600 super welders . max speed for single third rail unit is about 60 mph
Emu 8 shoes over 170 feet vs 6 shoes within 65 feet.
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby STrRedWolf » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:42 pm

DutchRailnut wrote:problem is gaping , ever try to interrupt power flow of 2000 amp at 700 volt ??? its like 600 super welders . max speed for single third rail unit is about 60 mph
Emu 8 shoes over 170 feet vs 6 shoes within 65 feet.
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I wonder if under-running vs over-running third rail makes a difference. Metro-North is max 95 MPH and LIRR is 80 MPH. I forget which does what.
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby Backshophoss » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:12 pm

MN,NYC legacy Underrunning 3rd rail,Spring keeps shoe in contact.
LIRR,PRR legacy Overrunning 3rd rail,Gravity sometimes with a spring keeps shoe in contact. tends to arc more often due to weather conditions(ice/snow/
debris on top of 3rd rail)

By Now the Lake Shore should be running into NY Penn again,along with the rest of the Empire Service trains.
CSX trackwork blitz on the B&A might be forcing the bustition of Amtrak 448/449 between Boston-Albany. :( :( :(
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Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Postby Erie-Lackawanna » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:35 pm

STrRedWolf wrote:I wonder if under-running vs over-running third rail makes a difference. Metro-North is max 95 MPH and LIRR is 80 MPH. I forget which does what.

Metro-North maximum authorized speed in third rail territory is 75 mph.

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