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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by StLouSteve
 
Thanks Matt W for the technical explanation.

I seem to recall that when GPS technology first became available, the military required a certain amount of "fuzziness" in civilian applications. I could see how this could be a huge issue because the difference between a cornfield head on collision and normal safe operation is only a few feet apart (different parallel track).

David B--this route was double tracked until the 60s when it was single tracked. The railroad did sell an easement along the right of way to two fiber optic lines . Indeed, at one point (1980s) the line was owned by a SP unit (Chicago Missouri & Western) and Sprint (Southern Pacific Railroad Internal Telephone?) put in a line so perhaps there was a connection as both were part of the Anshutz empire.
  by eolesen
 
Sprint made a lot of money selling fiber along the SP right of way including the Sunset Route.

Today, it's part of the primary backbone for the US broadband network and why there are so many data centers in Arizona.

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  by ryanwc
 
It's been an interesting couple months. However late these projects may be, and whether or not you think they were worthwhile, Amtrak bumped to 90 mph on the Lincoln Service about the time the OHare People Mover came back into service, and the CTA Brown Line flyover came online.

(I also mentioned this in the Chicagoland forum, so apologies for the crosspost. Delete this if you must.)
  by ryanwc
 
Drove to Springfield today, with my wife and kids, so cheaper than 4 train tickets.

But it’s something speeding along at 75, only to watch an Amtrak train overtake you. Man they fly now!
  by quincunx
 
Amtrak recently replaced the 304 with the 318 and 303 with 319 allowing a one seat KCY-STL-CHI trip. I saw it Saturday on the MacArthur Bridge leaving STL over an hour late. Sunday it left 4'58" late. This is concerning as the 304 had been my go to. Anyone have numbers on departure delays from STL for the 318?
  by eolesen
 
Can't say that the cascading delay impact wasn't predicted here... Same thing happened the last time they tried thru equipment at STL.
  by StLouSteve
 
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Amtrak recently replaced the 304 with the 318 and 303 with 319 allowing a one seat KCY-STL-CHI trip. I saw it Saturday on the MacArthur Bridge leaving STL over an hour late. Sunday it left 4'58" late. This is concerning as the 304 had been my go to. Anyone have numbers on departure delays from STL for the 318?
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I believe UP's timekeeping on the cross-Missouri River Runner route of late has been just awful. Annoys the heck out of the locals who recall recent taxpayer funding of bridge and UP track improvements that were supposed to make Amtrak run both faster and on time.
  by TurningOfTheWheel
 
Speaking of the Lincoln Service, 300 and 305 are cancelled until next Wednesday.

https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews ... s-service/

Equipment issues lead to reduction of Amtrak Chicago-St. Louis service
Continuing equipment-availability problems have led to the suspension of one of four daily Amtrak Lincoln Service round trip between Chicago and St. Louis. The service reduction is slated to run through Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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This is the second Amtrak Illinois route this month to see a prolonged suspension of a round trip because of equipment issues. The Chicago-Quincy Carl Sandberg was dropped for a week earlier this month, a suspension that lasted through Aug. 9.

Chicago-based corridor operations continue to be hampered by the slow rollout of Siemens-built Venture cars because of various issues... Most recently, the cars have experienced a door issue that has required bracketing the new equipment with Horizon or Amfleet cars. Passengers have only been able to board or exit via the doors on the older cars.
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