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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby mdamico23 » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:03 pm

jaymac wrote:No idea how it played out, but a bit after 0600/12-02-2013, an already-late-to-the-platform 406 with 1120 was involved in a number of conversations with and/or about Boston West, D-3, and Mechanical about the inability to make more than 3 MPH WB and draw more than 300 A. The 406 crew told both Boston West and D-3 that Mechanical stated the problem was account slippery rail. I might have been just in the wrong place, but there were no other audible conversations for instructions with 406, 408, 410, or 412, which was at the platform at 0714 with long-time buds 1006 (W) and 1001. A few minutes later and easter, the layover was MT, so where 1120 and cars were is beyond my knowledge base.


I was on this train. Usually I take Train 408, the 6:30 "Superexpress" from Fitchburg. When I arrived at 'da burg about 6:15 this morning, train 406 was still there. It did not depart until 6:30. 408 was probably being held in the yard until we left. Once we go going, Train 408 was held somewhere behind 406. For awhile, the conductor and some of the passengers thought that Boston West was going to turn 406 into 408 and run express from S Acton with 408 making local stops. Didn't happen- we ended up with two trainloads of people squished into one consist, making all local stops including Silver Hill and Hastings. As far as the speed, we seemed to be doing track speed at least through the outer stops. We arrived at North Station around 8:20. Whatever the problem was seemingly fixed, for when we arrived at North Station, the PITS on board announced that we were becoming Train 209, the 8:04 departure for Haverhill. If that was indeed true, then it probably departed over :30 late.

BTW. the exterior destination electronic sign board on the 1800 kept displaying the destination of "Silver Hill" throughout the whole trip from Fitchburg. Who would have guessed that the fine citizens of Weston have a "hub" station there... :)

Jaymac- thanks for the analysis. The Control Cab was 1800, so I assumed the delay was attributable to telemetry issues between the Rotem Cab and the locomotive. Doesn't seem to be the case.

-mike
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby tvachon » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:08 pm

mdamico23 wrote:For awhile, the conductor and some of the passengers thought that Boston West was going to turn 406 into 408 and run express from S Acton with 408 making local stops. Didn't happen- we ended up with two trainloads of people squished into one consist, making all local stops including Silver Hill and Hastings
-mike


I stayed fro the 408, it was a highly pleasant ride (except for that stupid local in front of us :wink:) and a nearly empty train. What I would think would have made more sense for all involved is if 406 said do not get on this train if you are going to Porter or NS from Fitchburg through S. Acton. That would have balanced quite a bit of the ridership between the two trains.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby octr202 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:28 am

As of this posting, Diverging Route and I are sitting on a very dead 352 at Winchester with the former superset. From the crew comments it sounds like the 1124 is the culprit. 306 is in the process of tying on to shove us all in (hopefully) the direction of North Station.
Wondering if I'll see the Haverhill double-tracking finished before I retire...
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby Diverging Route » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:54 am

And BOOM goes the dynamite. 352+306=40 late for 352. Now cruising inbound.
Quite the crowd has gathered at West Medford!

Oh, and the 352 had the same set that caused a 1-hour mechanical delay on 236 last night.

And to think OCTR202 promised me an EZ ride to work. :)
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby octr202 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:51 am

Nothing EZ about this morning. By the time 352+306 got in, it looked like 208, 308 and possibly 310 were all stuck in the logjam. They at least let Amtrak 680 overtake us in Somerville.

Elsewhere (only seen by the T'lerts) it looked like 108 and 158 took 20-30 min delays due to "heavy ridership," although people were tweeting pictures of half-empty trains. And, 412 must have died somewhere as they listed it as 35-45 late due to mechanical problems.

At this rate I started to wonder if I'd pass myself going home before I got to work today.
Wondering if I'll see the Haverhill double-tracking finished before I retire...
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby deathtopumpkins » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:45 pm

Per an MBCR tweet spotted on UHub, the 108/158 delays were actually due not to heavy ridership, but rather missing a conductor or two.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:50 pm

wait until it starts snowing
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby Diverging Route » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:12 am

351/352 the Anderson turn cancelled due to a dead car with tripped breakers today. 352 usually leaves Anderson at 6:55am. Since 304 was running 10 minutes late anyway, the dispatcher held it at Anderson to cover 352's schedule as well. Fortunately 304 is a 6-flat today; often it's a 5-flat. Where's the superset when you need it? :)
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby octr202 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:43 am

T Alerts also indicate that 154 never seems to have made it anywhere useful this morning. 156 reported late (running on 158's schedule) doing the work of three trains. That sounds like a fun trip.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby tvachon » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:08 pm

WOAH MBTA, say what?!

Fitchburg/South Acton Line Train 467 (4:00 pm from North Station) cancelled today due to fire. No replacement service provided.
Fitchburg/South Acton Line Train 468 (5:09 pm from South Acton) cancelled today due to fire. No replacement service provided.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby nomis » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:16 pm

tvachon wrote:WOAH MBTA, say what?!

Fitchburg/South Acton Line Train 467 (4:00 pm from North Station) cancelled today due to fire. No replacement service provided.
Fitchburg/South Acton Line Train 468 (5:09 pm from South Acton) cancelled today due to fire. No replacement service provided.

The house is on fire :-)

Also cancelled is a Lowell line train NS-Woburn RT of 359/360
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:22 pm

Fire at BET, cancelations rolling in.
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby tvachon » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:28 pm

BostonUrbEx wrote:Fire at BET, cancelations rolling in.

Loco or property?
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby BostonUrbEx » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:30 pm

tvachon wrote:
BostonUrbEx wrote:Fire at BET, cancelations rolling in.

Loco or property?


Inside facility, apparently, but don't know what or extent. All clear @ 4:15pm.

EDIT: All clear was given, but they just canceled 67 and 68.

Newburyport/#RockportLine Train 68 (5:40 pm from Beverly) cancelled today due to fire #mbta

Newburyport/#RockportLine Train 67 (4:45 pm from North Station) cancelled today due to fire #mbta
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Re: Commuter Rail Delay Discussion

Postby tvachon » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:34 pm

BostonUrbEx wrote:
tvachon wrote:
BostonUrbEx wrote:Fire at BET, cancelations rolling in.

Loco or property?


Inside facility, apparently, but don't know what or extent. All clear @ 4:15pm.


Hopefully everyone is ok
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