F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:highgreen215 wrote:I wonder if Amtrak would run diesel over the Dorchester Branch to avoid the bridge replacement operation - swap diesel for electric further down the line.
On a weekend in early November when nothing special is going on in Boston? Not likely. They'd run double-ended and shuttle-bus it from 128 station or bail out in Providence rather than have to a T engineer board at 128 to escort them over the Fairmount Line where there's no AMTK crews to be had out of D.C. or NYP who are qualified on that track (if anyone is at all it's probably just a couple Southampton Yard homebodies). If it were a weekday, Veteran's Day weekend a week from now, or the weekend before Thanksgiving it might be a different story...but this is a sufficiently dead spot on the calendar with softer-than-usual demand.
There's no service bulletins posted on the Amtrak website, so deck will have to have been cleared from the tracks by daybreak or else they would've announced something by now. Acela hasn't been cancelled either, so that means the wires will be turned on and Regionals also won't need to engine-switch to diesel at New Haven.
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