dha10001 wrote: ↑Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:16 pm
I was just looking at a chart, I think in the same study that detailed electrification, that showed a 10mph increase along much of the route, but not all - IE the curve north of Wilton remains largely as is.
As for the issue of aesthetics, well, the catenary poles are there right now, and with only brief exceptions, the line is hidden in the woods. And I would think the quieter operation of EMUs versus diesels would be a big plus for homeowners along the route. The existence of the catenary poles also means a huge part of the electrification work, and the cost of it, is already done, even if some need to be replaced. And with the newly wired dock yard on the south end... Prior estimates for this project are way out of line.
Increasing traffic congestion through Danbury on the Rt 7 corridor and I-84 should force a conversation about truly modernizing and expanding this line to serve modern needs.
What is re-wiring the Danbury going to do to alleviate traffic congestion on I-84?
Also, there is nothing about the Danbury Branch as it exists today that is not "modern." The line has heavy welded rail, high-level platforms, a <10 year old signal system, and three remotely-operated sidings in ~24 miles. The diesels working the line are mid-90's-vintage GE P32AC-DMs or Brookville BL20GH's from 2008. Rolling stock is standard 1980's-90's-vintage Shoreliners. It's not like we're talking about some anachronistic survivor like the Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line.
Those diesels, by the way, are not particularly noisy. Certainly not compared to the trucks on Route 7. We're talking light passenger trains scooting by at 50mph, not 100 car freights hauled by 4 or 5 SD40-2's.