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Re: Acela Speeds

Postby ApproachMedium » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:31 am

gokeefe wrote:
Matt Johnson wrote:Seems an odd thing to invest in given the longstanding practice of testing at the existing Pueblo, CO facility. I think Pueblo has a max of 165 mph, which may be part of the reason, but Alstom must be expecting this to be more than the one-off Acela order was, with Hornell being more than Barre, VT #2.

Interesting issue. Looks as if part of the problem is that TTCI is configured as a loop and doesn't have sufficiently long sections of tangent track. Although it would be nice to invest this money in the Empire Corridor a test track really should be isolated in order to minimize damage to existing service in the event of a malfunction that damages the rails or trackbed.

The NS line is not the empire corridor. so them doing it there is a line with no passenger service.
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Re: Acela Speeds

Postby Arlington » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:08 am

ApproachMedium wrote:The NS line is not the empire corridor. so them doing it there is a line with no passenger service.

Yes, in the great Conrail divvy-up, CSX got the New York Central (Empire Corridor) and NS got the Erie (in/through Hornell). The Erie actually has some nice "valley floor" running, straight and flat near & through Hornell, so it must be one of these that Alstom is looking to upgrade (and presumably electrify)
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