Report SEPTA Delays Here:

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by MACTRAXX » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:37 am

Everyone:

Rough morning on the Media-Elwyn Line yesterday (April 8th) when a car was struck by a Center City-bound train at a grade crossing in Lansdowne.
The report was that three vehicles went around downed gates after an Elwyn train passed - the third was the one hit by the train.

Most if not all of our Forum members realize that IF ITS A TIE YOU LOSE!!!...Getting the word out to impatient motorists in a hurry is the key here...

One question I have is: Do the Silverliner MUs equipped with cameras have a forward facing camera out one of the front windows that may have caught
this accident on video? From news reports yesterday on both channels 3 and 6 a nearby outside camera has some recorded video.
From the news reports the Engineer literally had split-seconds to react in this case. Fortunately no one on board the train was hurt...

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/ ... lansdowne/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.delcotimes.com/news/media-el ... a944f.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
(subject to paywall limits)
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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by Backshophoss » Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:46 pm

Newspaper site forces ADWARE on you,Basicly PAYWALLED :P :P :P
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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by glennk419 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:39 am

No NHSL service this morning due to signal power issues. Per news reports, no alternate shuttle bus service but regional rail is cross honoring.
Glenn

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by rcthompson04 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:06 am

glennk419 wrote:No NHSL service this morning due to signal power issues. Per news reports, no alternate shuttle bus service but regional rail is cross honoring.
Replaced by shuttle buses between Township Line Road and 69th Street due to signal problems. Cross honoring in effect again too.

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by MACTRAXX » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:55 am

The Wednesday August 7 severe weather outbreak in the Philadelphia region caused major SEPTA service problems:

www.septa.org/service/rail/2019-august-storm.html

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by rcthompson04 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:29 am

MACTRAXX wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:55 am
The Wednesday August 7 severe weather outbreak in the Philadelphia region caused major SEPTA service problems:

www.septa.org/service/rail/2019-august-storm.html

MACTRAXX
It is always interesting the day after one of these meltdowns as there seems to be misplaced equipment leading to shorter or longer trains.

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by NorthPennLimited » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:10 pm

Tomorrow’s evening commute should be interesting. The news is reporting widespread flash flooding (2-4” of rain) lightning, and heavy winds.

Not a good weather forecast for an electrified RR.

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by mcgrath618 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:50 pm

Signal at 13th St broke on the El. Trains are being held everywhere.

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by mcgrath618 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:48 pm

Had a friend on a Paoli bound train tell me that she left 30th late, got to Zoo, then proceeded to back up to 30th because the crew “forgot paperwork.”

What paperwork? Is this a new, inexperienced, stupid crew?

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by rcthompson04 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:33 am

mcgrath618 wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:48 pm
Had a friend on a Paoli bound train tell me that she left 30th late, got to Zoo, then proceeded to back up to 30th because the crew “forgot paperwork.”

What paperwork? Is this a new, inexperienced, stupid crew?
It sounds like an excuse for something else.

I had an engineer on an afternoon outbound run recently asking the conductor what cars fit on the platforms where as he had never ran the line with more than 4 cars.

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by rcthompson04 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:59 pm

I never understand why SEPTA/Amtrak cannot tell people what is going on in these situations. The service is getting so unreliable they need to seriously invest in rescue diesels to be on standby at all times:

https://6abc.com/travel/septa-passenger ... e/5667174/

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by mcgrath618 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:44 pm

rcthompson04 wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:59 pm
I never understand why SEPTA/Amtrak cannot tell people what is going on in these situations. The service is getting so unreliable they need to seriously invest in rescue diesels to be on standby at all times:

https://6abc.com/travel/septa-passenger ... e/5667174/
I was considering this idea the other night. Just lease some old U Boats. All you need is HEP, PTC, and a motor. Who cares how fast it goes.

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by MACTRAXX » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:04 pm

MCG and Everyone:

I found out about the Paoli Line problems from a report on 6ABC and wonder what the cause was for this
major service disruption on Saturday 11/2. Expect a special notice from SEPTA with an explanation in the
coming days...

It is a good idea to have a "protect" locomotive on duty at times such as yesterday's situation. The idea to
use diesel locomotives to tow trains is easier said than done unfortunately - the locomotives used have to
be compatible in some regard with compromise couplers and be able to adequately clear the overhead wire
specifically the low catenary between 30th Street and Suburban Stations.

For example the LIRR modified two SW1001 locomotives for "protect" duty - they can be found during rush
hours on weekdays at Harold Interlocking outside the East River Tunnels to be used if necessary. They are
equipped with an MU control stand along with the regular throttles to tow trains when needed.

Back in 1993 during Railworks SEPTA leased Amtrak F40PH #413 - a former GO Transit commuter unit - to
operate through service to 30th Street from Lansdale/Doylestown or West Trenton which ran that summer.
During a test run on the incline between 30th Street and Suburban Stations the locomotive "shot the line"
under the low wire knocking out the catenary. SEPTA then decided not to use any Amtrak F40s and ended
up reversing a "swap" in which at least one of SEPTA's AEM7 units would go to Amtrak for the four month
Railworks period. SEPTA ended up getting three U34CH locomotives from NJT instead - two for the through
services and the third for work train service in a lease swap for AEM7 motors...MACTRAXX
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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by rcthompson04 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:20 am

MACTRAXX wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:04 pm
MCG and Everyone:

I found out about the Paoli Line problems from a report on 6ABC and wonder what the cause was for this
major service disruption on Saturday 11/2. Expect a special notice from SEPTA with an explanation in the
coming days...

It is a good idea to have a "protect" locomotive on duty at times such as yesterday's situation. The idea to
use diesel locomotives to tow trains is easier said than done unfortunately - the locomotives used have to
be compatible in some regard with compromise couplers and be able to adequately clear the overhead wire
specifically the low catenary between 30th Street and Suburban Stations.

For example the LIRR modified two SW1001 locomotives for "protect" duty - they can be found during rush
hours on weekdays at Harold Interlocking outside the East River Tunnels to be used if necessary. They are
equipped with an MU control stand along with the regular throttles to tow trains when needed.

Back in 1993 during Railworks SEPTA leased Amtrak F40PH #413 - a former GO Transit commuter unit - to
operate through service to 30th Street from Lansdale/Doylestown or West Trenton which ran that summer.
During a test run on the incline between 30th Street and Suburban Stations the locomotive "shot the line"
under the low wire knocking out the catenary. SEPTA then decided not to use any Amtrak F40s and ended
up reversing a "swap" in which at least one of SEPTA's AEM7 units would go to Amtrak for the four month
Railworks period. SEPTA ended up getting three U34CH locomotives from NJT instead - two for the through
services and the third for work train service in a lease swap for AEM7 motors...MACTRAXX
Would it have to be fancy enough to run to Suburban? I think an argument could be made to have 2 locomotives set up to push or pull EMUs at 20-30 mph stationed on each side of the system with the goal to get a disabled train to the nearest station for shuttle buses or to 30th Street (Penn side) or Fern Rock or Temple (Reading side). Being able to deadhead from side to side would be nice though. Train all the engineers to operate and have ready to go at any time.

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Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

Post by mcgrath618 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:11 am

Why not use track 0 in Suburban on one side, and that short spur near North Broad on the other?

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