Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby Arlington » Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:23 pm

Are there any upgrades needed or planned between BRU and Rockland (that might either lead, lag, or be bundled with weekend DE service)? Massachusetts spend quite a bit on upgrades loosely connected to Cape Flyer service. Would Maine do the same?
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby gokeefe » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:42 pm

Arlington wrote:Are there any upgrades needed or planned between BRU and Rockland (that might either lead, lag, or be bundled with weekend DE service)? Massachusetts spend quite a bit on upgrades loosely connected to Cape Flyer service. Would Maine do the same?


No trackwork at all. Stations may need some sprucing up but that appears minimal.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby swist » Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:54 pm

I was on the Maine Eastern one of its last runs. While the speed was not 79mph, it wasn't slow either, we got to Rockland pretty quickly. That was only two years ago so as George says the trackwork is probably OK.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:35 pm

What was the MAS on Maine Eastern to Rockland?
Somewhere in the 40-50 mph range?
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby gokeefe » Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:41 pm

60 MPH (FRA Class 3) in the best locations. 35-40 MPH on the very tightest curves and even less through the crossings in Thomaston. Still faster than Route 1 with summer weekend traffic.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby newpylong » Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:48 pm

59mph no ABS :P
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby 690 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:26 am

Lots of ties need replacing.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby gokeefe » Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:19 pm

690 wrote:Lots of ties need replacing.


I would be interested to hear what is meant by "lots" and also in terms of locations.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby Backshophoss » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:28 pm

Might be a good idea to send Corridor Clipper on a round trip to Rockland and back to get a "true" condition of the Track,
or one of the FEDDOT's Track Geo cars. :wink:
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby johnpbarlow » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:51 am

Took a NEREX track car trip from Rockland to Wiscasset and return this past June. The track condition was immaculate due to lack of frequent use. See attached photos.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby gokeefe » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:47 am

Here's the latest from Royal Siding.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby newpylong » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:37 am

We'll see if that named Control Point makes it into the time table...
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:39 am

The 11/14/17 Brunswick RR Noise Reduction workshop was held which "...included comments and presentations from rail officials representing Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, Amtrak, Pan Am Railways, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Maine Department of Transportation..."

Seems Brunswickians have a # of issues with Amtrak and PAR but the mediation will cost the town $$, which further displeases the residents. The one positive note in the meeting is that PAR VP Cyndi Scarano said an interlocking part that will enable the east end of the Downeaster layover facility to be accessed is expected to be installed by 12/22/17.

http://www.theforecaster.net/quiet-zone-for-brunswick-trains-could-be-costly/
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby gokeefe » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:13 am

It is worth noting that the Town has known all along that the train was coming and that trains make noise at crossings.

Other towns nearby, most notably Freeport, took care to deal with this issue without further complication.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby BM6569 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:28 am

So a switch will be installed so trains coming from further up the line could pull into facility?
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