Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby BostonUrbEx » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:41 pm

Batteries only last a few hours. How many days do you expect them to power an entire signal system? The code lines are likely down in multiple spots, as well.

All to say nothing of possible inability to fax bulletins, broadcast from radio towers, etc.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby gokeefe » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:02 pm

Most of the signal cables are buried. There is very little left on the poles (if any).
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby Dick H » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:55 am

Here we go again. DE #680, which left Wells on time, is now 81 minutes late,
holding at Durham, due to PAR freight POSE with at least two 600 class locos
disabled somewhere near Exeter.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby sicariis » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:37 am

680 is now sitting in Dover, with 682 approaching. Guessing passengers will be transferred and 680 will become 682. All these PAR break downs in NH has me wondering $ amount to finish double tracking from Plaistow to the Maine line.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby sicariis » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:38 pm

684 made it to Exeter but has been sitting there for a bit. Running about an hour late.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:11 am

After failure to reach Boston at all yesterday by 680 and 682, 684 eventually made it to Boston about 2 hours late and 686 almost an hour late. Even after their on-time headstarts out of Wells. 688 appears to have not run at all.

Today, 680 once again left Wells on time, but was 40 late by the time they hit Dover. Ultimately they were approximately an hour late into Boston, but at least they actually made it this time? 681 and 682 seem to be doing decent enough.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby Dick H » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:28 pm

DE train service will operate between Portland and Haverhill for the weekend.
Bustitution will operate between Haverhill and Boston, account of MBTA Trackwork. No Woburn service.
Bustitution will operate between Brunswick, Freeport and Portland, due to storm damage.
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Re: New Midwest/California Bi-Level Discussion

Postby Dick H » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:39 pm

NNEPRA plans to run the sixth trip next year, once the new siding at Royal Junction is in service.
They currently have three full train sets. Two sets currently handle two round trips and the
third set handles only one round trip. I will note that the Cabbages seem to be a continuing
maintenance problem There are 4 Doweaster painted cabbages, 90213, 90214, 90220, 90224,
After the dome car went to NY, they also kept the ATK 406. I do not know if that is still on
the property. At least one of the 90000 series could be in Albany or elsewhere for repairs.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby gokeefe » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:03 pm

Just a quick note ...

Dick is right that there will be a service change but the sixth roundtrip is not scheduled to begin next year. There are still additional track projects required in order to allow this to happen.

The major change next year is that Royal Siding will allow for the extension of all five roundtrips between Brunswick and Boston. Currently only three run to Brunswick while the other two stop short in Portland.

Obviously there has also been news recently about seasonal weekend only service to Rockland but that will be done using existing resources and trips.

Construction on the platform in Kennebunk is also scheduled for 2018.

Overall 2018 is shaping up to be a very big year for the service on top of a record breaking 2017.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby markhb » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:44 pm

I just noticed that NNEPRA has taken the Service Development Plan off the Projects page, but I don't see it in their Reports page. Any idea where it went?
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby Dick H » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:27 pm

#696 versus car at East KIngston. Saturday around 5;00 PM
Short blurb on WMUR TV9
http://www.wmur.com/article/downeaster- ... n/13801709

#696 estimated two hours late into Boston. #695 running 90 minutes late.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby gokeefe » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:18 pm

Ugh.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby Rockingham Racer » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:03 pm

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby Dick H » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:39 pm

Full Details on Downeaster East Kingston vs car from the Union Leader
http://www.unionleader.com/safety/Drive ... r-18112017
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby arthur d. » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:28 am

Rockingham Racer wrote:
gokeefe wrote:Ugh.


Ugh. Dumb. What don't people understand about flashing red lights and gates that are down? This is becoming more and more a common phenomenon in this country.


And we know the gates had already been activated how?
The train hadn't entered that block yet, and its pretty dark at that crossing, the rain didn't help.
The UL reporter got the trains direction wrong too. Train 696, engines 41/100 was south, (RR west) bound.
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