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by EricL
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Hiawatha Discussion: Chicago - Milwaukee and Possible Extensions
Replies: 177
Views: 32898

Re: Hiawatha Discussion

The expansion proposal, at least as it existed, has been dead by IDOT's hand for about a month: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-forest/ct-lfr-hiawatha-expansion-update-tl-0523-story.html https://www.journal-topics.com/articles/idot-drops-support-for-hiawatha-project-glenview-lake-forest-...
by EricL
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Milwaukee Airport Getting a Second Platform
Replies: 18
Views: 3943

Re: Amtrak Milwaukee Airport Getting a Second Platform

Comments from someone who works this line five days a week. An extra crossover between KK Bridge and Lake would be nice, but it probably isn't necessary, and would cost a lot more. What might be worth the money is to upgrade KK from a one-way crossover to a universal one, and to upgrade the signalli...
by EricL
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Siemens USA Rail Solutions
Topic: Siemens Chargers in Context of Cascade Wreck 18 December 17
Replies: 10
Views: 2508

Siemens Chargers in Context of Cascade Wreck 18 December 17

Any time i take charge of one of these things, i rapidly cycle that IBV handle multiple times, while its secured of course, to clear it up and make sure it works right. Interesting idea - I'll try it. The parking brake power knock out is happening most likely because of some kind of noise from cars...
by EricL
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Siemens Single Level Cars for CA/IL/Midwest
Replies: 288
Views: 66029

Re: Siemens Single Level Cars for CA/IL fka Nippon Sharyo Or

cool, thanks. Sounds like basically the same thing Metra already has, except Metra's doors aren't "long" because they're already downstairs. That situation of remotely deploying low level entrances is exactly what we need here. I was told (second-hand, admittedly; by a friend who just happens to reg...
by EricL
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Siemens USA Rail Solutions
Topic: Siemens Chargers in Context of Cascade Wreck 18 December 17
Replies: 10
Views: 2508

Siemens Chargers in Context of Cascade Wreck 18 December 17

Two very good posts, guys - thank you for the insight and I'm glad I'm not just crazy for being one of the Siemens critics out here. I don't want to derail this particular thread any further on the subject, but I do respond to a few things here. Mods please feel free to shift this derail over to the...
by EricL
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Thank You, Fred Frailey.....
Replies: 48
Views: 12001

Re: Thank You, Fred Frailey.....

Passenger trains have run late since time immaterial, for any number of unpreventable reasons. The problem we have now, besides Amtrak causing its own delays via mechanical and crew shortage shenanigans, is that some railroads have drastically reduced their physical plant in order to stay alive. Goo...
by EricL
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Siemens Single Level Cars for CA/IL/Midwest
Replies: 288
Views: 66029

Re: Siemens Single Level Cars for CA/IL fka Nippon Sharyo Or

didn't read the thread, but unless low level-ish, high capacity boarding is provided a la metra - with quick, built-in ADA lifts - then this entire venture is useless, just cancel it right now automatic doors on every car are absolutely necessary to enhance our service, and I've been made to underst...
by EricL
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Illinois Amtrak Service
Replies: 1360
Views: 380884

Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

I wonder how much of the slow progress in Illinois is the landlord rather than the tenant? It was indeed UP who pulled the plug, though Amtrak shares in the blame. They were looking ahead at the inevitable migration to ETMS. ITCS isn't compatible. They're likely regretting employing it in the first...
by EricL
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Keystone set with ECP braking
Replies: 15
Views: 5058

Re: Keystone set with ECP braking

For historical context, the first Pullman-Standard Superliners were supposed to have been capable of ECP, but this functionality was apparently never used. Anyone have some background on that?
by EricL
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Axle Count Thread - Split from v2 delivery thread
Replies: 11
Views: 2533

Re: Axle Count Thread - Split from v2 delivery thread

Food for thought: there was never a problem before the affected host RR's started installing new grade crossing equipment. Everything worked just fine with the old stuff. For folks that don't know, this isn't at all about failure to shunt the track with regards to block signals. It's about alleged f...
by EricL
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Siemens USA Rail Solutions
Topic: Siemens Chargers in Context of Cascade Wreck 18 December 17
Replies: 10
Views: 2508

Siemens Chargers in Context of Cascade Wreck 18 December 17

People were commenting above in the thread about the different experience of running Chargers vs running older diesels. I just wanted to comment about that. The chargers had (and still have) a LOT of software problems. I don't think they necessarily played into this accident at all, because the auto...
by EricL
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Burlington Northern, GN, NP, CB&Q, SP&S, SL-SF
Topic: South Canal Street viaduct, Chicago
Replies: 0
Views: 3578

South Canal Street viaduct, Chicago

From Harrison Street going south almost as far as Roosevelt Road, Canal Street sits up on a viaduct. It's my understanding that this was constructed in tandem with the building of the current 1920's Union Station. Today, there is absolutely nothing underneath this viaduct - just a crumbling roadway ...
by EricL
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: BNSF: From "The Tiffany" to "Problematic"
Replies: 15
Views: 4687

Re: BNSF: From "The Tiffany" to "Problematic"

They're doing great things with the building interior. The platforms themselves, however, are still extremely dumpy. The master plan for redevelopment doesn't seem to address much at platform level. They want to tear out some of the mail platforms, where appropriate, to increase the width of the pas...
by EricL
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Chicago Union Station
Replies: 28
Views: 10672

Re: Chicago Union Station

WesternNation wrote:Quick question about Chicago Union Station. In some photos, I see sort of a "control room" at the end of the tracks. What are these used for?

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Yardmasters' and mechanical foremen's offices.
by EricL
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak On-Time Performance (OTP) Delays Reroutes Annulled
Replies: 1091
Views: 243649

Re: Amtrak On-Time Performance (OTP) Delays Reroutes Annulle

Someone had asked earlier on the thread as to why #22 fairly often arrives early into STL, and departs late. One possible reason is the addition of the seasonal cut-off coach. I don't know who handles that nowadays - it used to be mostly done by the inbound (LRK) crew, but now maybe it's the outboun...

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