Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby Rockingham Racer » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:26 pm

sicariis wrote:
North Station’s new pedestrian tunnel just opened. Take a look inside.


https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2019/01/07/north-station-pedestrian-tunnel


Looks like a prison, dontcha think?
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby gokeefe » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:52 pm

Looks dry and bright to me.

In regards to the project list it's worth noting that both of the Pan Am items cover a certain amount of trackwork in New Hampshire.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby MEC407 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:54 pm

gokeefe wrote:Looks dry and bright to me.


The T will fix that in no time. :wink:
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby BandA » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:52 am

Prison or high-school corridor. Could use a few alcoves for vendors. The article implies that this is part of a TD Boston Garden renovation, so does the T get this "for free"?
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby benboston » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:55 am

I thought that the developers of the Hub on Causeway made this.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby johnpbarlow » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:17 am

Pedestrian tunnel looks narrow - I wouldn't want to be swimming upstream during the rush hour commute!
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby swist » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:46 am

Considering the space limitations, it is fine - in fact it is taller than the old tunnel. Needs a few posters or something. I use it twice a week.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby ExCon90 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:29 pm

BandA wrote:Prison or high-school corridor. Could use a few alcoves for vendors. The article implies that this is part of a TD Boston Garden renovation, so does the T get this "for free"?

Looks like the IND in the 1930's.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby FatNoah » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:08 pm

Considering the space limitations, it is fine - in fact it is taller than the old tunnel. Needs a few posters or something. I use it twice a week.


To me, it actually feels bigger than the old tunnel but that may be due to the higher ceiling.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby east point » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:37 pm

Delays tonight possible broken rail?.

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Downeaster Train 697 is currently holding at Haverhill (HHL) and Downeaster Train 698 is currently holding at Exeter (EXR) due to unforeseen trackwork on the host railroad. We will update as more information becomes available.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby Cosakita18 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:22 am

Might be an odd question, but has the downeaster ever considered automated station announcements?
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby gokeefe » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:27 pm

Yes. Passenger information displays are currently being installed along the entire route north of MBTA territory.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby TRNE » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:13 pm

The first automated Passenger Information System was installed inside the Saco Train Station. The announcements are made by a woman's voice and they are quite accurate...ETA's can change by a few minutes and in our case, are locked in when the northbound train leaves Wells or the southbound train leaves Portland.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby Cosakita18 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:04 pm

TRNE wrote:The first automated Passenger Information System was installed inside the Saco Train Station. The announcements are made by a woman's voice and they are quite accurate...ETA's can change by a few minutes and in our case, are locked in when the northbound train leaves Wells or the southbound train leaves Portland.


sorry I should have clarified, I meant station announcements on the train. I didn't know those were being rolled out though, I rode 684 the other day and none of the staff on the train made announcements about what station we were at.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Postby Dick H » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:53 pm

Possibility that the PA system was not working in your car. They are notorious
for either low volume or not working at all....
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