twropr wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:47 pm
I heard from MassDOT that on Aug. 30 two SPG-NHV shuttle round trips will be extended to Greenfield. Crew training runs supposedly begin on the 26th. Also the high level platform at SPG should be placed in service on the 30th.
MassDOT implied that the Greenfield service startup was waiting for the high level platform to be placed in service. Why would this be?
Also is there any track work taking place between SPG and Greenfield in anticipation of the extended service?
That's great news, thanks! Why is there only four days of training? Is that normal? I'm not sure why it's taking so long other than it being the U.S., but I imagine they want to have everything exactly right before service launch. Wouldn't want to deter riders due to a bad experience in Springfield. The rest of the stations have high-level platforms.
Yes, track work
Install up to 30,000 new wood crossties
Install 3.5 track miles of new continuous welded rail on the controlled sidings in Northampton and Springfield and on the southbound track in Deerfield
Construct 0.4 miles of new southbound track in Deerfield
Distribute 28,500 tons of track ballast
Surface, align and regulate the ballast along 32 miles of CRML track, including all turnouts that branch off the mainline track
Remove and reconstruct five farm crossings along the line
Remove & dispose of all scrap crossties, timbers, and wood debris
It's called the Valley Flyer
The service will be provided until the fall of 2021 on a pilot basis.
MassDOT has established a goal of 24,000 new annual riders from our region. If the goal is not met MassDOT has said that the service will be discontinued.
On another note, I rode #417 HFD–MDN today, great service as always, but pretty much when we left HFD and got up to a good clip, the ex-Metroliner Cab Car I was in was rattling pretty badly. Reminds me of the post someone made on another forum some time ago about thinking her NEC train was speeding at 125 mph. What was weird was once we got to Silver Lake south of Berlin, it was perfectly smooth like it usually is. This was also when the engineer backed off on the throttle and I think we were just coasting for a while coming into Meriden.
I took #478 back which was smooth as butter the whole way. I notice the dispatchers have been savvy with the northbound trains if there isn't a southbound nearby: they switch the train to track 1 on the 45mph interlocking north of Berlin (that's not what it's called, that's the northern gauntlet track interlocking at the station, could someone help me out?) instead of at the OAKWOOD interlocking so they can cruise at 100+ for much longer. Smart!