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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Piedmont Service

Postby Jeff Smith » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:02 pm

ProgressiveRailroading.com: North Carolina DOT obtains federal, state grants for locomotive upgrades

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) late last week announced a recently awarded federal grant that will help its rail division continue to boost safety along the Piedmont Corridor.

The Federal Railroad Administration awarded the division a $584,080 grant through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program to help fund the purchase and installation of positive train control (PTC) hardware on passenger service locomotives.

The division installed PTC devices on its locomotives ahead of the federally mandated Dec. 31, 2018, implementation deadline. The grant will be used to outfit locomotives that will be required for expanding Piedmont passenger-rail service, including an upcoming fourth round trip between Charlotte and Raleigh beginning in the next few years, NCDOT officials said in a press release.

Six Piedmont trains owned by the NCDOT and operated by Amtrak and the rail division now provide daily service to Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro, Burlington, Durham, Cary and Raleigh.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Piedmont Service

Postby gokeefe » Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:45 pm

Yet another success in a recent long run of big wins in North Carolina. Very happy for them. What they are doing is transformational.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Piedmont Service

Postby jhdeasy » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:12 pm

A friend in the industry tells me that NCDOT has acquired one or more passenger cars from Norfolk Southern. He did not provide car numbers/names, but I think this is related to cars that NS acquired at the auction of equipment from the failed Greenbriar Express.
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Re: North Carolina NCDOT-Amtrak Piedmont Service

Postby gokeefe » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:12 pm

Very impressive pickup on their part.
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