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  by Train60
 
BM1566GP7 wrote: Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:16 pm There was trackwork going on just south of Greenfield.
495 (8/10) was scheduled to depart Greenfield at 5:45 am this morning. What kind of track work would be going on before sunrise?

495 (8/10) departed Northampton at 6:29 am, 19 minutes late, so on the surface it looks like they simply cut their loses and turned when they got to Northampton. Hopefully they provided transportation for the people waiting in Greenfield.
  by asull85
 
twropr wrote: Tue Aug 10, 2021 11:28 am Anyone know what happened Mon. Aug. 9 that caused Valley Flyer 478 to turn at Northampton?
As a result train 495 originated at NHT instead of Greenfield.
Thanks
Andy
478 turning at NHT has nothing to do with 495 originating there the next morning. They are two separate jobs. 494/478 will turn at NHT and DH back to SPG if there are no passengers for GFD. Doesn't make sense to go there for nothing when the equipment goes back to SPG anyway.

495 originated in NHT on 8/9 because CSX couldn't get their act together and get them across the diamond in a timely fashion. So the decision was made to originate 495 in NHT to keep it on time and have 471 handle the GFD passengers for 495, if there even were any. This has happened before.
  by daybeers
 
According to a conductor on 474 last week, all trains are now two cars instead of three cars they have been since mid-pandemic. I saw 475 last week with three cars still, which was changed in 2019. But they are going to have capacity issues soon; only about 15ish seats open on 471 today. I thought CT was paying for the extra cars but I guess not. Really too bad as I really wish they would move to an unreserved system for tickets from Amtrak, since it's not clear at all that paying the lowest Saver fare can actually be used on any train that day instead of more than double for a Value or Flexible one. But that can't be done until there's enough capacity.
  by lordsigma12345
 
Supposedly Amtrak will be extending a Keystone train to Springfield in FY22 in order to get another single seat through train between the SPG line and New York. This was from Amtrak legislative grant for FY23 document.
  by cle
 
lordsigma12345 wrote: Sat Apr 09, 2022 8:39 pm Supposedly Amtrak will be extending a Keystone train to Springfield in FY22 in order to get another single seat through train between the SPG line and New York. This was from Amtrak legislative grant for FY23 document.
I guess it currently terminates at Penn, so would also be a new path up through New Haven too? Or replace something?
  by daybeers
 
I imagine it's a new slot. The Springfield line is good and well-run but has pretty big frequency gaps, and the Keystones already run with a cab car so that's convenient.
  by STrRedWolf
 
cle wrote: Mon Apr 11, 2022 4:42 pm
lordsigma12345 wrote: Sat Apr 09, 2022 8:39 pm Supposedly Amtrak will be extending a Keystone train to Springfield in FY22 in order to get another single seat through train between the SPG line and New York. This was from Amtrak legislative grant for FY23 document.
I guess it currently terminates at Penn, so would also be a new path up through New Haven too? Or replace something?
Yes, it terminates at NYP... but going up to Springfield will need a diesel added in New Haven.
  by Greg Moore
 
STrRedWolf wrote: Tue Apr 12, 2022 6:04 am
cle wrote: Mon Apr 11, 2022 4:42 pm
lordsigma12345 wrote: Sat Apr 09, 2022 8:39 pm Supposedly Amtrak will be extending a Keystone train to Springfield in FY22 in order to get another single seat through train between the SPG line and New York. This was from Amtrak legislative grant for FY23 document.
I guess it currently terminates at Penn, so would also be a new path up through New Haven too? Or replace something?
Nah, they just build up enough speed and cost up to Hartford! :grinning:

Yes, it terminates at NYP... but going up to Springfield will need a diesel added in New Haven.
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