Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:14 pm

Looking at the new proposed schedules, I will say this first-certainly an improvement from the current schedule with only the Amtrak trains. On weekdays, I like how the schedule will cater to those who might live in the Springfield and Windsor area and might commute to Hartford and New Haven. I like the availability of options between NHV and HAR. What can be better is having some more Ctrail options north of HAR but that is still a little bit off. Once there is more double track north of HAR, then we can look forward to more Ctrail trains continuing north of HAR.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby lordsigma12345 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:09 pm

Thankfully with the talk of joint ticketing and having the Connectiut commuter rail passes working on the Amtrak trains also the limited amount of CTrail trains is less of an issue.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby ebtmikado » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:33 am

Larry wrote:I saw today going North through Windsor CT a Amtrak train with the work train engines hauling one New Haven car (SLE) and the another engine. I could not catch the whole thing due to traffic but does anyone know what this might have been for?


It was a hospital train, taking equipment from New Haven to Albany/Rensselaer for work.
That train met another train at Springfield, which was bringing equipment back to NHV from ALB

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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby CVRA7 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:03 am

[quote="njt/mnrrbuff"]Looking at the new proposed schedules, I will say this first-certainly an improvement from the current schedule with only the Amtrak trains. On weekdays, I like how the schedule will cater to those who might live in the Springfield and Windsor area and might commute to Hartford and New Haven. I like the availability of options between NHV and HAR. What can be better is having some more Ctrail options north of HAR but that is still a little bit off. Once there is more double track north of HAR, then we can look forward to more Ctrail trains continuing north of HAR.[/quote]
"HAR" the Amtrak code for Harrisburg PA - best to use "HFD" for Hartford as that is the Amtrak code for that location.
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby GP40MC 1116 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:12 am

With the increase in service, will additional train sets be laying over in Springfield overnight? As I understand it currently you have one full length regional and maybe one or two shuttle sets aside from spare equipment that tie up over night at Springfield Station. Will this change with the increased Commuter Rail? I imagine New Haven will still be the daily inspection point and all maintenance will be done there?
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Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Postby ebtmikado » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:19 pm

By what I see in the proposed schedule, the CDOT service will require only 2 trainsets,
both based in NHV. It looks like 2 Regionals plus a Shuttle or 2 will lay over in SPG.

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