Discussion about Florida passenger rail operations including proposals. Official web-sites:
Miami/Dade Metrorail, Sunrail (Orlando), and Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority
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Moderator: Kurt-Trirail

  by 262
 
The last stretch of the double tracking project is connected south of the Ft.Lauderdale Station.A ballast train has been working the high bridge along with a tamper and ballast regulator.They are donig it in a way I have not seen before. Using one of those back hoes that climbs up and rides along the top cord of the ballast hoppers.The ballast train is pulled by 2-GE8 40C Ws and must stop on the bridge riser for the back hoe to do its work.The grade is so steep,(Bridge rises 40+ feet in less than a mile for ocean going sail boats and yatchs to pass)that the train must back up and get a run at it before it can reposition for the next section.

  by Noel Weaver
 
Tri-Rail will be suffering more delays this week as the track and bridge
work continue. Here is a link to the article from the Sun-Sentinel.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/ ... ws-broward

Noel Weaver

  by Noel Weaver
 
Effective today, Tri-Rail started using the new double track, high level
bridge over the New River at Fort Lauderdale.
The three trains that were temporarily suspended have been put back on.
I suspect there still may be some delays due to the ongoing track work.
Very small piece in the Sun-Sentinel but not worth posting on here.
Noel Weaver

  by Rockingham Racer
 
That's good news. Is there any indication that Tri-Rail is taking traffic off the I-95 monster?!
  by Ocala Mike
 
Rockingham Racer wrote:That's good news. Is there any indication that Tri-Rail is taking traffic off the I-95 monster?!
Get real! When gas is $10 a gallon, maybe; meanwhile get out of the way of those single-occupancy SUVs.

  by Noel Weaver
 
Actually there is still one little piece of Tri-Rail that is single track, a
drawbridge just north of the Miami Airport station is single track and I do
not think there is any plans to change this anytime soon. I think it is part
of the interlocking system for the station as well and I do not think there
is any need to change the track layout at that location. There are two
station tracks at Miami Airport station though.
Noel Weaver