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by Matthew Mitchell
Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Remembering "Railworks" 1992-93 20 years later...
Replies: 23
Views: 4965

Re: Remembering "Railworks" 1992-93 20 years later...

This was something that DVARP had fought for to provide service to a line that was closed for the Railworks project but because of low ridership this was not repeated during the 4 month 1993 shutdown period... During both Railworks shutdowns there were two peak period runs from both the Lansdale/Do...
by Matthew Mitchell
Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:53 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Remembering "Railworks" 1992-93 20 years later...
Replies: 23
Views: 4965

Re: Remembering "Railworks" 1992-93 20 years later...

JeffK wrote:I forget exactly who said it - Matt? - but someone described the results as "a brand new 1931 railroad".
John Pawson.

As usual, he backed up his points with specific evidence: in this case the slip switches retained in 16th St. Junction and the reverse curve on track 4 at Temple.
by Matthew Mitchell
Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Report SEPTA Delays Here:
Replies: 1083
Views: 281972

Re: Report SEPTA Delays Here:

zebrasepta wrote:Person hit at north broad
No cancellations but trains are being delayed
515, right at the station. I was on board. Appears to have been a fatality. Passengers off 515 were evacuated onto 4815. Protect for 515 covered stations from Center City to Thorndale.
by Matthew Mitchell
Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA seeks $$ for major West Trenton Line Help
Replies: 169
Views: 35206

Re: SEPTA gets $$ for major West Trenton Line Help

25Hz wrote:Station upgrades?
High platforms. Can't do them(*) if freights are regularly using the track due to high/wide cars.

*--there are workarounds available, but they're not desirable.
by Matthew Mitchell
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:05 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Train 1595 to run diesel
Replies: 21
Views: 3579

Two locomotives

If SEPTA can use a diesel engine to pull electric cars, why can't they purchase regular diesel engines, and not expensive dual-mode units, station them in Norristown and Lansdale, for example, and when trains heading out from the city arrive, move the diesel engine in front of the electric cars? Is...
by Matthew Mitchell
Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA to run the Keystones?
Replies: 42
Views: 5004

Re: SEPTA to run the Keystones?

Through service to New York (with a 15-25 minute layover to change ends and for schedule padding so there won't be a disruption to NEC dispatching if a Keystone gets to 30th St. late) is at the expense of through service to Center City. Remember there was a sharp ridership drop when the Keystones we...
by Matthew Mitchell
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Building Train Consists in the Morning
Replies: 5
Views: 1363

Re: Building Train Consists in the Morning

You are correct. The consist that becomes 328 starts its day at Media yard, where the previous night it is scheduled to be made up out of the two cars from 395 and two of the five cars from 393. Obviously plans have to be changed some days, but that's what is scheduled. I can't tell you whether or n...
by Matthew Mitchell
Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Septa wants requests on how to improve service
Replies: 49
Views: 5768

Clocker history

While the Philadelphia ridership of the Clockers was much less than the NJ ridership, the reason NJ Transit took over direct operation was so they could use their own equipment (once they had enough) and significantly increase seating capacity. Before then, NJT paid Amtrak for part of the service co...
by Matthew Mitchell
Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: FY 2014 Operating Budget etc etc etc etc...
Replies: 120
Views: 8437

Re: FY 2014 Operating Budget etc etc etc etc...

How about the nepotism that goes on at SEPTA? I'd personally love to see the payroll records to see how many family members, cousins, etc were all hired because they "know somebody". There is little or no patronage hiring at SEPTA (unlike other agencies such as the Turnpike Commission and the Parki...
by Matthew Mitchell
Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA to run the Keystones?
Replies: 42
Views: 5004

Re: SEPTA to run the Keystones?

Nobody said anything about Silverliners on the Harrisburg service (except Ed Tennyson, who actually had the Silverliner IIIs designed with rest rooms and left-hand operation for just that purpose). Contracting for operations does not mean contracting for equipment. Equipment can be leased or purchas...
by Matthew Mitchell
Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA to run the Keystones?
Replies: 42
Views: 5004

Re: SEPTA to run the Keystones?

Actually, the concept of having SEPTA operate the service under contract is something DVARP suggested. SEPTA's unit costs are lower than Amtrak's, their overhead is lower (Amtrak is trying to use profits from state-supported services to support the national network), and there are potential efficien...
by Matthew Mitchell
Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Secane Station
Replies: 11
Views: 2217

Re: Secane Station

There are crossings arranged such that if an approaching train is traveling at less than a predetermined speed when passing a predetermined point before reaching the crossing, the gates will not go down, and the train is then required to stop at the station and activate the gate before proceeding. ...
by Matthew Mitchell
Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Delivery and revenue service status of Silverliner V cars
Replies: 822
Views: 89246

Re: Delivery and revenue service status of Silverliner V car

BuddCar711 wrote:What's the status of 738 and 881/882? Are they in regular service yet?
I rode on them months ago.
by Matthew Mitchell
Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: A second (nameless) GVF
Replies: 8
Views: 1747

Re: A second (nameless) GVF

I liked the named trains. They added some spice to the schedule and were reminiscent of a by-gone era. I'm not sure how often riders referred to their train by the name. DVARP and CAC liked them too and encouraged them to be expanded to the other super-expresses, like the West Trenton train that sk...
by Matthew Mitchell
Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Septa wants requests on how to improve service
Replies: 49
Views: 5768

Re: Septa wants requests on how to improve service

If I go birch at them about the Route 78 Bus Train , will they actually listen? Is it even worth my time? You mean asking for a train at those hours? 1--they will listen. 2--they've probably already done the math, so responding to the suggestion will be as simple as plugging the current numbers int...

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