mrj1981 wrote: ↑Fri Jun 07, 2024 10:15 am
Doing some rough math here - trying to figure out the total distance from Selkirk to Rigby, to derive an average train speed required to do it in 12 hours.

Someone will be able to come up with more precise figures, but I'm coming to just over 300 miles, which is 25 mph required average speed. That strikes me as doable? Esp if you're able to move at 60 MPH for portions of the distance.

Selkirk Branch is 10 miles (this is a guess...) + B&A is 147 miles (CP 192 to CP 45) + Worcester Sub is 30 miles + GRS Freight Main is 123 miles (CPF 315 to CPF 199) = 303 miles total. (I am sure that multiple of these mileages is off by a bit, but I believe the total of just about 300 is probably about right.)

I can't fault CSX for being insufficiently ambitious!

Anyone know the length of the crew territories on the River Line?

I'd love to hear their long-term trip plan for the Portland-Keag portion of the route.

It's around 230 miles Selkirk to Philadelphia at rough estimate. River Line is 130 miles from CP-SK to CP-3 in North Bergen. South or east bound crews don't really use the Selkirk sub, but the rear of the train will still be in with a mainline crew swap. It's about 6 miles from CP-14 to CP-SM, the beginning of the B&A, or 3 miles to CP-SK to head south on the River. Trenton sub is 50 miles and Selkirk crews are qualified on about 7 miles of the Philadelphia sub depending on where you bring the train.

It's around 30 miles on Conrail shared assets depending on which way you go.

There is a good amount of 10 and 15 mph track speed on shared assets and the Philly sub, so they have some bottlenecks there, but the big difference is that it is all signaled.

So unlike the P&W you don't really need to talk to anyone to take the normal through train route in the Conrail shared assets, you are governed by signal indication.