2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Diverging Route » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:35 pm

This might be a record!

Fitchburg Train 494 (5:15p inbound) is now operating 120-135 minutes late between S Acton and N Station due to police activity in Concord.


I hope the potty was working...
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby dm1120 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:40 am

Pretty much every day now the 804 is either short on cars, staff or a combination of both which results in the train being at least 10 minutes late. It's unfortunate Keolis doesn't care about doing things right.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Steve Wagner » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:55 am

Wednesday, March 8, 10:46 a.m., EST.

Fortunately, I chose to drive to Alewife yesterday instead of taking the train to Porter from Concord depot. (I'd had to have my car re-inspected at 8 a.m. in South Acton and got to Concord depot in time for the 8:51. But the electronic sign said it was running 20 to 30 minutes late because of earlier problems and would be making all stops, so I drove to get to work sooner.)

At some point yesterday a homemade explosive device went off on the tracks just east of the Sudbury Road crossing (near the building with the Starbucks and a cleaner's). It caused a brush fire. Police came, apparently from several towns. Workers at the Starbucks this morning told me that a large crowd gathered. There was another such device. The police caught the juveniles who'd done it; according the radio news report on WCRB this morning the police said it was not an act of terrorism. Fortunately no one got hurt. I'm told at least one outbound train was held for a considerable period at Silver Hill.

This morning about 7:15 there was still some crime scene tape on the south side of the tracks, but about 30 feet of it was unsecured at one end and flipping across the tracks in the breeze. I thought it might distract the engineers, so I gathered up the loose part and set it down next to the signal mast (?) where it was tied, and put a tie plate I found on the ballast next to it (well away from the rails) on top of the loose tape to keep it from blowing.

P.P.S. 11:31 a.m. [correcting P.S. posted earlier] News reports say police responded to the brush fire about 4:50 p.m. yesterday. Apparently there were two plastic bottles with chemicals. Neither was hit by a train, but one exploded. Train service through Concord resumed about 7 p.m.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby deathtopumpkins » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:08 am

Diverging Route wrote:This might be a record!

Fitchburg Train 494 (5:15p inbound) is now operating 120-135 minutes late between S Acton and N Station due to police activity in Concord.


I hope the potty was working...


FYI, the police activity was due to a couple of kids setting off a homemade "incendiary device" near the Sudbury St crossing, which ignited a brush fire.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby sonicdoommario » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:34 pm

dm1120 wrote:Pretty much every day now the 804 is either short on cars, staff or a combination of both which results in the train being at least 10 minutes late. It's unfortunate Keolis doesn't care about doing things right.


What's the standard set for 804? 4 doubles/2 singles? Seems to be a lot of those sets on the Providence line....
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby dm1120 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:48 pm

sonicdoommario wrote:
dm1120 wrote:Pretty much every day now the 804 is either short on cars, staff or a combination of both which results in the train being at least 10 minutes late. It's unfortunate Keolis doesn't care about doing things right.


What's the standard set for 804? 4 doubles/2 singles? Seems to be a lot of those sets on the Providence line....
I believe so although there are so many fluctuations it's hard to know what's normal sometimes. The worst was the day they gave us 4 single cars.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Diverging Route » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:02 pm

sonicdoommario wrote:
dm1120 wrote:Pretty much every day now the 804 is either short on cars, staff or a combination of both which results in the train being at least 10 minutes late. It's unfortunate Keolis doesn't care about doing things right.


What's the standard set for 804? 4 doubles/2 singles? Seems to be a lot of those sets on the Providence line....


The times I've taken 804 it has been seven bilevels. 800 has seven or eight; 802 is a smaller set, usually 4 big and 2 flat.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby octr202 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:22 am

Another awful morning up north. Just on my old line alone, 204 died and had to be rescued by 206, with big delays there and further disruption to 285/286/287 (at least!).

And over on the NH Route side, 391/392 was cancelled due to equipment shortages, and now T'lerts says 208 is running local on the Lowell Line to cover 392's schedule.

And I'm not even trying to list what's happening on Fitchburg and the Eastern...I'm just furiously deleting T Alerts from my inbox...
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby EdSchweppe » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:49 am

octr202 wrote:And I'm not even trying to list what's happening on Fitchburg

Oh, nothing new; just the third time this week that:
  • 401 was cancelled "due to multiple mechanical failures"
  • 491 extended to Wachusett to turn into 410
  • 492 cancelled
  • 408 held at Littleton, then run on 492's schedule inbound
  • 410 expected to be 20-30 min late
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby sonicdoommario » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:36 pm

Diverging Route wrote:
sonicdoommario wrote:
dm1120 wrote:Pretty much every day now the 804 is either short on cars, staff or a combination of both which results in the train being at least 10 minutes late. It's unfortunate Keolis doesn't care about doing things right.


What's the standard set for 804? 4 doubles/2 singles? Seems to be a lot of those sets on the Providence line....


The times I've taken 804 it has been seven bilevels. 800 has seven or eight; 802 is a smaller set, usually 4 big and 2 flat.


How many 7 bilevel sets are used on Providence these days? There used to be several under the old schedule, but they've been upgraded to 8 car sets on the new schedule. I know 842, 808, and maybe 806 in the morning have 8 car sets, and then 821/823/825 in the evening. I did see 823 with 8 yesterday. As far as I know, 808 and 825 normally use the same set and it lays over in Pawtucket. 842 and 821 use the same set, which I assume lays over in Boston. And 823 must use the same set as 806 if both are 8 car sets. It looks like 823 stays in Pawtucket after its trip (and doesn't turn into a local inbound train like the other ones around it).

Which sets layover in Pawtucket now? I would assume 800, 802, 804, 806, 808, and 814. I assume 810 is the turn of 801 (5:30AM outbound), but does it really take nearly up to an hour for this train to turn from 801 to 810? I believe 812 is the 803 turn as well.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby jaymac » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:18 am

For 03-13-2017, 400 was east of CPF-333 and onto 2 at 0457, 1 minute before its advertised time at Fitchburg. 404 discussed mech problems at Wachusett in a number of 0610+ transmissions including the question of whether they should take another set -- answer unheard. As of a 0711 look, 404 was showing 5-15 minute delays cuzza mechanical issues. 401 and 492 made the listing, as well.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby dm1120 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:24 am

Today's set on the 804 was 5 single level cars. It was standing room only once the train got to Sharon.

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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby RenegadeMonster » Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:51 pm

Blue Level service tomorrow, Tuesday 3/14.

Check your schedules if you are traveling.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby dm1120 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:40 pm

Pretty much everyone I know is going to stay home as a result of this. The schedule is just too gutted to be useful and the trains that do run will probably be severely delayed.
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Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

Postby Steve Wagner » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:15 am

Wednesday, March 15, 11:08 a.m.

Sometimes the T Commuter Rail and/or Keolis does/do things right. After a half-hour of clearing the last inch of snow/ice that fell late yesterday on my car (after nearly three hours of shoveling snow and clearing cars earlier), I left Maynard about 6:40 this morning. Roads looked slippery, didn't go over 30 mph. Crossed Route 2 on 62 about 7. Traffic light. Usually 60 or a few more cars go east on 2 when light is green as early as 6:15 or 6:20, not counting several turning onto 2 east off 62. This time just 35, and none off 62. Parked and caught train that left at 7:36 when #406 usually leaves. Just four single-level cars, but light ridership meant only a few standees in last car by the time we got to Porter. Turned out that the real 406 had mechanical difficulties farther west and the four-car set had been sent out to LIttleton, where one of the conductors from the preceding super express (which went through Concord on time) got off to man it.
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