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Train in Bird in Hand

Postby Pcc rules » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:26 pm

While on vacation in Bird in Hand Pa there were some commuter trains running behind the inn. Since I am not from the area can someone tell me what line these trains are
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Re: Train in Bird in Hand

Postby MichaelBug » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:25 am

Most likely you would have seen an Amtrak Keystone Service train. SEPTA doesn't operate revenue service west of Thorndale.
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Re: Train in Bird in Hand

Postby JeffK » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:31 am

Another possibility - does SEPTA still deadhead beyond Thorndale?
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Re: Train in Bird in Hand

Postby ekt8750 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:51 pm

JeffK wrote:Another possibility - does SEPTA still deadhead beyond Thorndale?


They only have to qualify out to Parkesburg now. Back in the days of service to Parkesburg, they had to qualify as far out as Lancaster (in fact there was a run in the midday that required that train to deadhead to Lancaster to turn back due to scheduling).
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Re: Train in Bird in Hand

Postby khecht » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:05 am

While I suppose it’s possible SEPTA could stretch the legs of the new ACS-64s on test runs that far west, I don’t think I’ve seen any reports of the first of the fleet in testing or engineer training on the rails yet.
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Re: Train in Bird in Hand

Postby CNJGeep » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:28 am

ekt8750 wrote:
JeffK wrote:Another possibility - does SEPTA still deadhead beyond Thorndale?


They only have to qualify out to Parkesburg now. Back in the days of service to Parkesburg, they had to qualify as far out as Lancaster (in fact there was a run in the midday that required that train to deadhead to Lancaster to turn back due to scheduling).

Crews must be qualified as far west as CALN, just west of Thorndale.
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