Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby Rockingham Racer » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:39 pm

newpylong wrote:FYI that is not a siding, it is the #2 main track. Despite the usage as a siding there are subtle differences in rules.


Then the speed limits are identical on both tracks, then? # 24 turnouts on each end?
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby newpylong » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:11 pm

Last I looked it was something like 70/40 on the 1 and 30/25 on the 2. The 2 could be 10 MPH per speedo like most of their "slow tracks" in double track territory. I don't have any recent speedos.

I do not know the turnout spec but you don't need much for a medium speed diverging switch.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby CPF363 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:44 pm

Any interest in bringing back the old siding between CPF-232 and CPF233? That track was never dismantled, just disconnected from the main line at each end.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby gokeefe » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:11 pm

Wells is the only potential consideration after "Royal Siding" (one way I've heard it described) is complete.

However, after going back and checking the milepost listings ... I would say that we may be taking about the same thing.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:45 pm

newpylong wrote:I do not know the turnout spec but you don't need much for a medium speed diverging switch.


I think most of the switches from Plaistow to Royal are Limited speed, thanks to NNEPRA monies.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby newpylong » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:18 am

All turnouts on the Portland division (not counting commuter territory) are medium speed except Plaistow and 199.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby Dick H » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:52 pm

PAR has had track personnel working between Rigby and Plaistow
working both days this weekend to address speed restrictions.
Some of the locations included crossings and trackage right at
signal locations. Maybe some advance work before the winter
blast coming on Tuesday.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby swist » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:57 am

Observation made possible by recent persistent snow cover on unused tracks: The trackwork out of the east end of the Brunswick layover facility would appear not to be used. Whereas the tracks into the west end on all 3 bays are clearly traveled. So trains are backing out before heading east to BRK station. Not sure why this would be.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby PT1101 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:06 pm

Close. Crews currently board their equipment inside the facility, pull west of CPL 15, and then shove to Brunswick Station. This eliminates the need to change ends, additional brake tests, etc. Amtrak, Pan Am and NNEPRA all had input on the creation of General Orders and Special Instructions governing the movement of trains between the BLF and Brunswick Station. As for the why the east end isn't currently being used...it stems from the implementation of the new and improved CPL16. When first put into service, there were some issues with the switch heaters performing as intended. As such, crews went out the snow/ice free west end. And when the heater issues were resolved, the crews chose to stick with what they had been doing all along. Warmer temps may inspire crews to go out the east end. But for now, in and out from the west is the norm.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby gokeefe » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:56 pm

I'm not entirely sure the switch heater issues have been resolved. My understanding per a NNEPRA Board meeting within the past few months was that there were still some heaters to be installed.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby BM6569 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:14 am

is the passing siding still planned to have work start this Spring?
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby gokeefe » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:56 pm

Yes it absolutely is and that has been reconfirmed multiple times in the past few weeks. NNEPRA refers to the project as "Royal Siding".
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby Backshophoss » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:53 pm

Hopefully as that siding is brought back into service,there's some sort of repellant used on that track to keep PAR's freights
from using the siding as a "dogcatched" train layover spot. :wink:
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby newpylong » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:59 am

Isn't the siding planned for the Lower Road from Royal Junction heading East? If that's the case it will protected somewhat though never say never as they stash trains in some loonie places.
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Re: Downeaster Trackwork & Upgrades

Postby BM6569 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:21 am

I believe the east end of the siding will be where the two routes split. If so, I wouldn't be surprised to see freights sitting there with Rigby being plugged a lot lately.
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