Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by UpperHarlemLine4ever
At 9:05PM today a train broke down in White Plains, causing 45 minute delays on the Harlem Line. No 3rd track, which would alleviated any delays because of the broken down trains. Instead the MTA is spending $92 million to make BS improvements at the station. But no 3rd track. Rebuilding an entire station at Schenectady for $29 million. Wow, something is really wrong here.
  by Traingeek3629
Hudson Line on a revised schedule due to trackwork today and tomorrow.

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A few trains are cancelled, and a lot of trains will terminate at Beacon instead of Poughkeepsie.
  by Train2009
All 4 tracks by CP 261 are out of service due to a power transformer blow out with massive delays between New Haven and Bridgeport late this afternoon.
Earlier in the afternoon, before the transformer blew up, there was also a derailment around New Rochelle with a Track car which had fouled tracks 1 and 2 by CP217.
Last edited by GirlOnTheTrain on Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:58 pm, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Awful sentence structure - we also don't need service alert quotes weirdly spliced into posts.
  by twropr
There were delays to Amtrak on Jan 11 late morning due to overhead catenary issues. Does anyone know where this occurred and how many of the four main tracks were affected?
  by DutchRailnut
hellgate branch and there is only two tracks
  by Tommy Meehan
A two-alarm fire in Yonkers Wednesday evening, on Warburton Avenue between Glenwood and Greystone stations, resulted in serious delays and problems continued Thursday. The massive amounts of water firefighters poured on the fire triggered a mudslide which took out three of four tracks. Late Wednesday evening, Metro-North began busing northbound Glenwood and Greystone riders from Yonkers with Tracks 1 and 3 out-of-service.
Metro-North Railroad @MetroNorth
Hudson Line: Substitute busing will be provided between Yonkers and Greystone for N/B trains until further notice, due to an earlier structure fire near Greystone. N/B and S/B customers should expect 30 to 50-minute delays. Please listen for announcements at your station.
There were delays of 60-90 minutes during Thursday's morning rush and still no northbound service at Glenwood or Greystone. In mid morning northbound service to Glenwood and Greystone was restored.
Metro-North Railroad @MetroNorth
Hudson Line - service will continue to experience delays up to 60-90 minutes due to flooding on the tracks, because of an earlier structure fire near Greystone Station. After 10 am, N/B service will resume at Greystone and Glenwood with hourly service to Croton Harmon.
Thursday night's rush hour was difficult with a number of trains cancelled.
Metro-North Railroad @MetroNorth
Hudson Line customer's should anticipate delays of up to 40 mins for this evenings rush hour service. Train service will be operating on opposite sides between Spuyten Duyvil & Ossining stations. Customers should expect crowded conditions as a result of combined & cancelled trains.
Metro-North Railroad @MetroNorth
There will be no SB svc @ Riverdale, Ludlow, Glenwood & Greystone. Customer's traveling south from Glenwood and Greystone will need to take a NB train to Hastings-on-Hudson for SB svc. Customer's traveling south from Riverdale & Ludlow will need to take a NB train to Yonkers for SB svc.
Metro-North Twitter link

Service to Riverdale, Ludklow, Glenwood and Greystone has been restored. But problems continue.
Metro-North Railroad crews continue to work to recover from last night's Hudson Line mudslide between Glenwood and Greystone stations on the Hudson Line. The mudslide was caused by water flowing down a steep embankment after a major fire in a nearby residential neighborhood. This afternoon crews have restored service on a second of the Hudson Line's four tracks, with efforts continuing to reopen a third track. Metro-North
It's not really clear yet what to expect Friday morning but Hudson Line service should be in better shape than it was on Thursday morning.
  by Jeff Smith
You needed an M7-B for that service:
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  by Tommy Meehan
Sounds like things are almost back to normal on the Hudson Line. This is what Metro-North's homepage shows:
Hudson Line customers should anticipate Northbound delays of 10 to 15 minutes as a result of the ongoing track work to repair the damage caused by flooding yesterday near Greystone. We appreciate your patience as we continue to repair our right-of-way.
Amtrak Empire Service trains seem to be operating normally today.
  by Backshophoss
Wonder if MN will bill FDNY for the repairs to the ROW?
They created that mud slide!
  by Erie-Lackawanna
I sure hope not, for two reasons:

1) Yonkers is its own city, not a neighborhood of the City of New York. The Yonkers Fire Department (YFD) fought the fire, not the FDNY.

2) The day that fire departments have to start worrying about the ancillary effects of their efforts to protect our lives and property would be a very bad day, indeed. Let them do their job, and let insurance handle the costs to fix what’s broken after the Fire Department finishes its work.

  by Tommy Meehan
Erie-Lackawanna wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:35 pm I sure hope not
Me too.

A fire is an Act of God. Metro-North would have to prove willful negligence. That fire commanders knew -- or should have known -- their firefighting efforts were likely to cause a mudslide onto Metro-North's right-of-way but they willfully chose to ignore that possibility.

The two homes that burned were both fully involved when firefighters arrived. They were part of a row of five houses and other residents were very grateful that the Yonkers Fire Department was able to keep the fire from spreading to the other homes. As a resident of Yonkers, I know we have a very good fire department and I'm sure Metro-North has needed their assistance many times and will again in the future. Why poison the relationship over something like this?
  by Tommy Meehan
The Monday morning rush hour is under way and Metro-North is reporting normal service on the Hudson Line.
  by Tommy Meehan
The thunder storms that began rolling through the area late Saturday night caused serious delays on the Harlem and New Haven Lines, including trains from Yankee Stadium.
Trains on the New Haven and Harlem lines were delayed for 60 to 90 minutes for part of Sunday morning, said Lizelly Gutierrez, a spokeswoman from Metro-North Railroad. The Harlem line was [back] on schedule by around 9 a.m. [Sunday] while the New Haven line was on time by around 11:15 a.m, Metro-North tweeted. “Shortly after midnight, thunderstorms caused a loss in signal power between Mt. Vernon East and Harrison,” Gutierrez said. “ Storms also caused downed trees on the New Haven line, as well as downed trees between Southeast and Purdys on the Harlem Line. These storm related issues resulted in six terminated trains and 14 trains with delays in excess of 90 minutes. Some customers waited for alternate train service at Wakefield station, which caused additional delays...All repairs have been completed, and we anticipate a normal rush on Monday. “ Link
One of the trains that took a major delay was 6598, the 12:07 am GCT-New Haven local.
Ethan Fry, a passenger on the train, said he arrived in Fairfield shortly before 7 a.m.—nearly seven hours after leaving Grand Central. Passengers were stranded in Wakefield around 2:30 a.m. and then taken off the train at Botanical Garden Station, where Fry said hundreds of people were “herded” onto a diesel train that made local stops on the way to New Haven.
The following Stamford local, 6300 departing GCT at 12:25 am, was also seriously delayed.
Neil Vigdor, a reporter with The New York Times, described his trip as the “train ride from hell.” His train left Grand Central at 12:25 a.m. Sunday and arrived in Greenwich five hours and 13 minutes later, he tweeted. The train took an hour and 20 minutes to go the 11 miles from Grand Central to just past Fordham, Vigdor said. Passengers were taken off the train in Wakefield around 3 a.m. before going to Botanical Gardens, where they boarded the diesel train, he said.
The Harlem Line did not seem to have experienced the same kinds of delays, but passengers were being bused between Croton Falls and Southeast because of a downed tree and third rail damage.
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