How are cars assigned to runs?

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rcthompson04
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How are cars assigned to runs?

Post by rcthompson04 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:39 pm

One of the mysteries as a rider is what logic is used to assign Silverliner IVs versus Silverliner Vs. My morning train is usually assigned Silverliner Vs, but occasionally has Silverliner IVs for a few days or weeks. Is there any logic behind what trains get what equipment besides push-pull equipment being dedicated to the busiest rush hour express runs?

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Re: How are cars assigned to runs?

Post by CNJGeep » Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:40 am

Certain trains have to have like equipment because they may make a cut or couple later in the day. You'll see this often on the PM Doylestown express trains, usually 6 GEs each.

GEs tend to be used on high ridership trains because they have more seats. Otherwise it's pretty much luck of the draw. Sometimes it'll flip flop days, sometimes it'll be GEs or Vs every day.
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