2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Type 7 3684 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:21 pm

So was that double draft I saw at Newtonville 519/522? 2010 was the power.
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby dbperry » Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:35 pm

Correct, I saw dead 2009 in the middle of the double draft at yawkey around 18:15. And to add to the pain, 583 got stuck behind 529 and wasn't able to do its usual leapfrog move. Operating about 15 min late.

Although the circus train didn't cause the problem, it did prevent 521 from just shoving 519 west and keeping everything moving in the same direction.

With all the delayed equipment out west, I would think there would have been resulting cancellations or delays on rush hour trains at south station due to missed turns there. I didn't pay enough attention to see if that happened.

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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Type 7 3684 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:57 pm

dbperry wrote:Correct, I saw dead 2009 in the middle of the double draft at yawkey around 18:15. And to add to the pain, 583 got stuck behind 529 and wasn't able to do its usual leapfrog move. Operating about 15 min late.

Although the circus train didn't cause the problem, it did prevent 521 from just shoving 519 west and keeping everything moving in the same direction.

With all the delayed equipment out west, I would think there would have been resulting cancellations or delays on rush hour trains at south station due to missed turns there. I didn't pay enough attention to see if that happened.

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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby BandA » Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:06 pm

I saw the circus train which appeared to be fully assembled at 9AM yesterday, behind two idling CSX locomotives at the control point where four tracks go to two tracks. So that train had to wait from 9AM to 1:50 to depart, only to get delayed!
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Type 7 3684 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:50 pm

A fire at South Bay is delaying Middleboro, Fairmount, and Greenbush trains.
EDIT: Trains are originating at Braintree.
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Type 7 3684 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:00 pm

This HAS to be a record:

Middleborough/Lakeville Line Train 022 (6:05 pm from Middleborough/ Lakeville) delayed today due to fire. 120-130 min
EDIT: Nope, I was wrong.
Middleborough/Lakeville Line Train 022 (6:05 pm from Middleborough/ Lakeville) delayed today due to fire in boston and mechanical problem.140-150 min
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby tvachon » Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:12 pm

The work train died at Concord causing all sorts of hell... The 457 pushed the dead work train to Littleton. It caused a cascading delay of course... The 417 was a good 45 minutes late, the 458 was cancelled to help mitigate further cascades. I heard the next outbound or two still ended up being late too (far less, closer to 5-10mins)
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby harshaw » Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:37 pm

The Worcester line has been embarrassing late almost every day recently.

1) Any sort of early morning mechanical issues completely screw up service and later trains are always delayed. The proverbial "delay by late turn of equipment".
2) The "zone-express" trains have ben mysteriously late. The 4:05 a couple of days ago was late 20 minutes for unknown reasons. We just sort of stopped in Ashland for a while. I don't know why this train has become so unreliable.
3) 583 (the 5:30PM train "zone-express" to framingham) went pear-shaped today while waiting on a signal right after crossing 128. This seems to happen quite frequently. Some inbound train is on same track as the express outbound and the express must wait forever because of the lack of cross overs. Why this is not a predicable situation is beyond comprehension. The provided reason was Slippery rail.

The equipment may suck but I also notice personel makes a big difference. A while back the 509 7AM express from Worcester had a different engineer. Everyone was surprised because the train seemed to get to the station early. Nope - he just got to the station on time (this reason came from the Conductor). Additionally, there are a bunch of conductors who seem to enjoy "chewing the cud" with passengers. They either don't get the doors/traps open early enough, don't open both doors at a stop, or lollygag at the station talking to passengers instead of getting the train moving.
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Diverging Route » Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:43 pm

Rbts Stn wrote:Needham update via e-mail:

Due to ongoing Amtrak work to replace damaged signal system apparatus at Forest Hills, the following temporary schedule changes are necessary for the duration of this work.
Amtrak estimates that the repairs will take approximately 3-6 months. Should that change, and for full schedules, visit http://www.mbta.com, check in via Social Media, or stop by and speak with personnel at South Station or Back Bay Station.


It looks like after six months, things are getting back to normal:


Providence/Stoughton Beginning November 9th 2015, the following trains will resume boarding on the inbound platform at Hyde Park: 800 (6:01am), 802 (6:21am), 906 (8:13am), 812 (9:13am), 814 (10:38am), 912(11:02am), 816 (12:08pm)

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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby dbperry » Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:48 am

South side meltdown this AM due to "Amtrak signal problems."

Looks like directly affected Providence, Needham, Franklin, & Stoughton lines, but equipment turn delays quickly cascading out to every south side line.

They even ran the inbound Providence 806 up the Fairmount line, according to an @MBTA_CR tweet.

What were 'signal problems' and where?
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby 8th Notch » Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:04 am

Forest is down again and Read was having issues as well.
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby harshaw » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:38 am

more delays this morning on the Worcester line due to "necessary track work". As is typical with Keolis, we don't get any alerts about the delays until after they have started. Seems like it is pretty easy to predict that the morning commute is going to be screwed up between 7 and 9 AM due to track work.
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby EdSchweppe » Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:31 am

"Slippery rail" on the Fitchburg line this morning; up to 25 minute delays.
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby saulblum » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:03 am

EdSchweppe wrote:"Slippery rail" on the Fitchburg line this morning; up to 25 minute delays.


I've become dubious about "slippery rail" delays: why would one train be delayed by leaves and a train 30 minutes earlier on the same tracks have no such delays? And the Fitchburg line hasn't even been running on the weekends: it's not as if this is a surprise problem, so why were crews not clearing the tracks while other work was being done on the line? Keolis' incompetence knows no limits.
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Re: 2015 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby nomis » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:05 am

Train 708 the 7:00am from Forge Park, ran double draft with 710 pushing it into Boston, arriving around 10:45am.
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