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by Chessie GM50
Thu May 14, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Northeast Regional 188 - Accident In Philadelphia
Replies: 1471
Views: 422966

Re: Northeast Regional 188 - Accident In Philadelphia

ACeInTheHole wrote:Those to me look like bullet marks of some kind.
Considering the area, I wouldn't be too surprised; Kensington and the vicinity are no joke regardless the time of day. The Kensington neighborhood and Chester are what make people associate the Philly area with violence.
by Chessie GM50
Wed May 13, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Lost Revenue on Dining Car Due to Credit Card Machine
Replies: 44
Views: 7281

Re: Lost Revenue on Dining Car Due to Credit Card Machine

To borrow a quote from a movie; "The more they over-tech the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain". With all the hackers out there, I prefer to use cash whenever possible. I use a debit card for most "on the run" purchases. Trick is, I never have more than $35 on it at any given time, un...
by Chessie GM50
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: Garwood Industrial Track Equipment Storage
Replies: 179
Views: 46232

Re: Garwood Industrial Track Equipment Storage

All the arrows left there have been pillaged by copper thieves and supposedly are being scrapped on site. The rest I think were also hauled away for scrapping. The MU numbers keep dropping. the trend of stored trains in NYP has shifted in the last week from MUs to MLVs or EPP sets. The end is drawi...
by Chessie GM50
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Wire train?
Replies: 5
Views: 2594

Re: Wire train?

The last time I was at 30th street station, I saw 52 with the wire train (and one of the Arrow II's). I'll tell you one thing: that little diesel switcher was quite the sight coming through the upper deck!
by Chessie GM50
Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15
Replies: 455
Views: 111304

Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

So of course the idiot news stations are comparing this incident to the December 2013 Spuyten Duyvil crash, as if there were any similarity between the two incidents. Ignorance and sensationalism at its best (or worst). Appeal to fear at its finest. Prepare to hear nothing but ill-informed rhetoric...
by Chessie GM50
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:39 am
Forum: News, Announcements, FAQ and Help
Topic: Noel Weaver needs our support
Replies: 91
Views: 73313

Re: Noel Weaver needs our support

Mr. Weaver's posts are always full of knowledge, analysis, and an obvious love of the subject. I hope the only traction on his mind in the near future has to do with motors.
by Chessie GM50
Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:04 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: FY2014 Ridership and Revenue
Replies: 11
Views: 2490

Re: FY2014 Ridership and Revenue

This is not just a BNSF problem.[...]All 5 of these Class I railroads seem to be struggling with traffic growth of just a few percent. Unfortunately, this is what happens when the physical plant of a system is paired down to eliminate redundancies. I could forsee this turning into a disaster for th...
by Chessie GM50
Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Why Can't SEPTA's Subway System Look Like This?
Replies: 29
Views: 9636

Re: Why Can't SEPTA's Subway System Look Like This?

As a college honor student, I am beginning to plan out my honor's thesis. So far, I have two ideas: my first idea involves a detailed history of rail operations in the Philadelphia area, and the second one is more of an urban planning long-term transit solution for the Philadelphia area. In coming ...
by Chessie GM50
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Asking Philosophically: Why Does SEPTA Suck So Badly?
Replies: 50
Views: 8577

Re: Asking Philosophically: Why Does SEPTA Suck So Badly?

We are seeing a transit boom all across the country, and all we here are asking for is 4 re-activations on lines that all ready had service for over a hundred years. I think the NIMBY factor needs to be told, "if you don't like it, move elsewhere, because this is what it takes to cultivate and main...
by Chessie GM50
Tue May 20, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: Lackawanna Cutoff Passenger Service Restoration
Replies: 5352
Views: 1266568

Re: Lackawanna Cutoff Passenger Service Restoration

I wonder how true that rumor is. Let's be real how well did the ACES Train do? So well it ran itself right out of business. Yes it had some peaks in the ridership but I doubt the casino's (sic) are worried about that. I can take a train to New London catch a free shuttle bus to Mohegan Sun or Foxwo...
by Chessie GM50
Tue May 20, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Hampton Roads/Norfolk/Newport News NE Regional Service
Replies: 616
Views: 126825

Re: Hampton Roads/Norfolk/Newport News NE Regional Service

The only possible reason I can think of for such a high cost is the complexities associated with cab signal installations on a two and sometimes three track main line railroad. I'm assuming that since the current track conditions are Class IV that the line has wayside signals. If any areas would re...
by Chessie GM50
Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Viewliner II Delivery/Production
Replies: 4475
Views: 930436

Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

If they end up being lemons, is there any chance Amtrak will forego the Viewliner II designation and instead name them Poopliners? How could they be, given Amtrak followed an old proven design? Having a proven design at your disposal is one thing. Having a competent contractor to actually put it to...
by Chessie GM50
Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:01 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: West Trenton Line Article
Replies: 266
Views: 113458

Re: Idea: west trenton via millstone?

Part of the former ROW runs through a Rutgers research facility (which contains NJ's only known old growth forest among other things, so good luck with the DEP) What research facility are you speaking of? The old-growth forest is within the Rutgers Ecological Preserve on Livingston Campus. While I ...
by Chessie GM50
Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: West Trenton Line Article
Replies: 266
Views: 113458

Re: Idea: west trenton via millstone?

In theory it would work; (most of the ROW is intact and there is little condemnation of structures) but there are 2 concerns which really jump out. Part of the former ROW runs through a Rutgers research facility (which contains NJ's only known old growth forest among other things, so good luck with ...
by Chessie GM50
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: New Brunswick Accident
Replies: 33
Views: 7252

Re: New Brunswick Accident

Maybe it is time to get the Helpline phones there like they have in Hamilton. It could have an impact, but before passing judgment I would love to see some usage statistics if they are available. Just when I thought I didn't need another reason to never visit lovely New Brunswick........... Oh come...

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