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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby quincunx » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:23 pm

Stltoday.com - Aug 6 - Bus service begins at new Alton train station; Amtrak likely to follow next month

http://www.stltoday.com/news/traffic/al ... bd5c6.html
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby Matt Johnson » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:10 am

StLouSteve wrote:Here's what I saw in STL Post Dispatch recently...sometime next year:

"Although the St. Louis-to-Chicago improvements are expected to be finished this year, exactly when the new 110 mph maximums actually will begin is hard to pinpoint, officials say.

It could be sometime next year, they say. But timing depends on testing of a new type of signaling system on the line, which Amtrak shares with freight trains."

Full article at:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/traffic/al ... dc20c.html


Meanwhile the 110 mph demo stretch between Dwight and Pontiac has been quietly downgraded to 79 mph. I used to be a big believer in this project but while Michigan has been quietly running 110 mph trains for a while now, this project seems to be all hype and no substance. The start of 110 mph service has gone from 2015 to 2016 to 2017 to maybe 2018, maybe not.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:03 am

#380 (11) has SC-44 Charger #4613 on the head today.

The Halogen headlights DO "light things up".
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby StLouSteve » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:01 pm

this project seems to be all hype and no substance. The start of 110 mph service has gone from 2015 to 2016 to 2017 to maybe 2018, maybe not.


This is harsh. Yes 110 would be great and hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later, but the transformation of this line from CMW days is amazing. Smooth as glass welded rail, multiple new stations, higher ridership, improved time keeping and new locos are clearly evident.

Get the time reduced further and the new single level cars in service and the ridership will grow exponentially.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby D.Carleton » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:56 pm

Gilbert B Norman wrote:#380 (11) has SC-44 Charger #4613 on the head today.

The Halogen headlights DO "light things up".
Thank you, but those are LEDs.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby D.Carleton » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:00 pm

StLouSteve wrote:Get the time reduced further and the new single level cars in service and the ridership will grow exponentially.

The kicker is, at least with the bilevel plan, the new trains will run with a loco at each end. With Chargers and Viaggio cars they will, without any effort, mirror Brightline sets.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby andrewjw » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:48 pm

Check out the images linked in the Viaggio thread - they showed a cab car.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby electricron » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:11 pm

It’s the 125 mph speeds between Cocoa and Orlando that made the second locomotive preferred, at 110 mph speeds and lower they would probably have preferred a cab car vs a second locomotive.
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