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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby mtuandrew » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:19 am

They do have a 48” floor throughout, and the staircases are no wider than the downstairs seats. I don’t know their aisle width offhand, sorry, but they invariably have 2-2 seating below and 1-1 above.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby matthewsaggie » Tue May 01, 2018 5:18 pm

Starting June 4th NC adds another Piedmont to the schedule from Charlotte to Raleigh. This will make 3 daily Piedmont's plus the Carolinian each way each day. 4th Piedmont in late 2019 or 2020.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby gokeefe » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:34 pm

Very nice touch ...

But not all of the 68-year-old station is headed to a landfill. Two key features — the canopy that sheltered passengers on the platform and some of the wood benches in the waiting room — will be reused. Again.

The canopy and the benches were originally parts of other train stations and are decades older than the Raleigh depot where they found a second life. Now they are considered historic artifacts worth preserving, said Allan Paul, deputy director of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby matthewsaggie » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:27 pm

Newspaper writer doesn't know much about trains. This will be one locomotive for testing, not one train.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby orulz » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:35 am

This thread has been quiet for a while, but a quick note that construction has begun for the Crabtree Creek Bridge replacement in Morrisville. I have not managed to find any documents detailing the design of this bridge. I have heard that, although It will initially contain just one track but it will be built wide enough for two. I am quite glad to see this rickety looking structure finally meeting its end.

Plans are moving forward for the grade separation at McCrimmon Parkway, too. Morrisville Carpenter Road will probably be a bit more tricky although I gather that a grade separation is planned there, too.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby east point » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:20 am

Rickety ? Any pictures ?
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby Arlington » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:18 pm

"Trying to solve congestion by making roadways wider is like trying to solve obesity by buying bigger pants."--Charles Marohn
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby gokeefe » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:35 pm

Very impressive to see the continued high level of capital investment even after the recent project. Smart move. Double up and roll over on recent gains.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby orulz » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:11 pm

east point wrote:Rickety ? Any pictures ?

Arlington posted the pictures. Rickety is exactly what I mean. It has some tem-permanent cribbing under the beams on the north (west) side, although in my observation it may be a few inches short of actually making contact with the beams.

In this picture (linked also by Arlington) you can see this cribbing off to the right. As bad as it looks in this picture, it looks worse in person and worse still up close. I have no idea why it was installed but it has been there for at least as long as I have lived in the area (18 years)
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby gokeefe » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:35 pm

That cribbing definitely looks like a stop-gap measure. Never meant to be permanent.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby orulz » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:53 pm

gokeefe wrote:That cribbing definitely looks like a stop-gap measure. Never meant to be permanent.

I agree, it was probably not meant to be permanent, but as I mentioned before, somewhere along the line "temporary" became "tempermanent". Do you have any idea why a monstrosity such as this should exist?
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby gokeefe » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:59 pm

Hard to say without seeing more but I would guess there's a problem with the adjacent abutment.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby mtuandrew » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:35 pm

From the Station Developments thread:

Bob Roberts wrote:
Station Aficionado wrote:(assuming that they’re not going to do anything with the flag stop for the Crescent in Gastonia).


Gastonia does frequently get mentioned as a possible end point for Piedmont services. The current (very right wing) speaker of the NC House is from the adjacent county to the West and he recently pushed through a feasibility study of the extension of Piedmont trains all the way to Kings Mountain (see link below for a very brief mention of this). Unfortunately I think Charlotte's new passenger equipment service yard (not yet opened) and NS's "parking lot" status South of Charlotte are going to block any easy Piedmont expansions.
https://www.gastongazette.com/news/2018 ... priorities

Light rail to Belmont (the eastern edge of Gaston county) does look likely if Charlotte can find $$$ for transit expansion

Have the city fathers in Spartanburg ever inquired to NCDOT about the price of an extended Piedmont or two daily? It wouldn’t be a silly thing for NC to investigate either, because it puts them in a decent position to negotiate with NS re: Asheville via Saluda. No, seriously.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Carolinian Service

Postby Station Aficionado » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:31 pm

Well, it would be a fun ride for those of us born too late to ride the Carolina Special!
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