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by bulk88
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak: PTC Mandate, Progress System Wide
Replies: 389
Views: 44852

Re: Amtrak: PTC Mandate, Progress System Wide

Unfortunately easier said than done, it’s not cheap and it requires a lot of time to install on both the tracks and equipment. I’m not going to comment much on that 60 minute segment however some things were blown out of proportion quite a bit. I can’t help but wonder what the csx engr who lost his...
by bulk88
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: The big windows debacle
Replies: 28
Views: 5378

Re: The big windows debacle

Is there any standard in respect to how strong the mounting of the window to the car body is? If I recall correctly, in the 2013 Metro North crash at Spuyten Duyvil, at least two of the four fatalities was found to have been ejected out of the windows of the Shoreliner coaches. How would a larger w...
by bulk88
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Acela II (Avelia Liberty): Design, Production, Delivery, Acceptance
Replies: 136
Views: 19092

Re: Avelia Liberty: Design, Production, Delivery, Acceptance

Have we actually seen what the Avelia power cars will look like? The TALGO power-cars/cab cars used in Spain are also set up for only one person in the cab. That's the design TALGO wanted to built on the Washington state trains. However it was Amtrak or the FRA or perhaps both that required the ugl...
by bulk88
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: CtDOT Fleet Plans - Coaches
Replies: 50
Views: 9844

Re: CtDOT Fleet Plans - Coaches

CDOT will get more used coaches for SL fleet. They have a habit of geting used old junk for their low mileage, low duty cycle branches and "not NY" service. MN/MTA probably wouldn't accept maintenance on used coaches, or allow them into GCT (assuming enough DMs) anyways since their MTBFs would refle...
by bulk88
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: California Commuter & Transit
Topic: LA Metro LRV loading gauge
Replies: 4
Views: 2302

LA Metro LRV loading gauge

Why has LA Metro never bought off the shelf LRVs like Siemens SD/U2/S200/Boeings or PCC-like cars? Does LA Metro just have the $ for customized vehicles and wants to burn it (LACMTA owns the blueprint IP) or is it a unique loading gauge that no other LR system in the USA uses and requires custom LRV...
by bulk88
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: How does a train know where it is?
Replies: 7
Views: 5924

Re: How does a train know where it is?

I'm just trying to think of how certain subway routes have automated announcements... GPS obviously isn't available when deep underground, so there must be some other way for "This is a Bronx-bound... six... local... train" to be accurately followed by "The next stop is ... Grand Central." Unless s...
by bulk88
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Viewliner II Delivery/Production
Replies: 4475
Views: 930868

Re: Viewliner II Delivery/Production

ApproachMedium wrote:the amfleet bodies dont have the vertical space i think to make good use of that style planning. They could call it, a slumberliner??? ViewSlumber?
throw a mattress on an amfleets luggage rack and have an instant economy sleeper :-D
by bulk88
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Why isn't Amtrak copying Brightline?
Replies: 63
Views: 8928

Re: Why isn't Amtrak copying Brightline?

Sounds like Amtrak needs to form some subsidiaries and let those subsidiaries do whatever they want to be creative in finding was to add and improve service and financing sources, free from whatever shackles are holding Amtrak back. The explanations above are helpful in that I see why Amtrak hasn't...
by bulk88
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: no HEP in revenue service/toilets
Replies: 1
Views: 2582

no HEP in revenue service/toilets

Last week I took a NHL maxibomb from GCT. There was no HEP at the GCT platform. When the train departed there was HEP for 30 seconds, and then it went out, and no power all the way through the Park Ave tunnel. At 125 the train at the platform doors closed for 25 minutes due to "mechanical difficulti...
by bulk88
Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: M7 toilet constantly flushing
Replies: 2
Views: 1369

M7 toilet constantly flushing

Why do M7 toilets flush themselves every minute or 2 if the door is locked (bathroom door locked light)? Is this a new behavior or has it always been that way?
by bulk88
Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:11 am
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Official M2 / M4 / M6 Retirement Thread
Replies: 744
Views: 178928

Re: Official M2 / M4 / M6 Retirement Thread

After the changover to 60hz power on MN, the M-2's lost their MG sets to inverters for power to the HVAC,lights,battery charger,and other aux systems,killing off any chance to run into NYPenn or anywhere on the former PRR/RDG catenary You could be smelling gear oil fumes from the traction motor gea...
by bulk88
Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Status and Delivery of Additional M8 Cars
Replies: 52
Views: 14899

Re: FIRST CALL For Beer!

Looks like CT paid for a design to be drawn up already http://www.railplan.com/kawasaki-m8-commuter-cafe.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by bulk88
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak considering eliminating QuickTrak machines
Replies: 34
Views: 6734

Re: Amtrak considering eliminating QuickTrak machines

I carry an old smartphone phone. It doesn't run any modern apps or a modern browser. 75% I use eticket for adv purchase discount weeks in advance, 25% the kiosk when I know I will be taking the train only 2 hours or less from departure, sometimes as low as 10 minutes from departure, I use the QuickT...
by bulk88
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Acela Replacement and Disposition Discussion
Replies: 1572
Views: 246046

Re: Acela Replacement and Disposition Discussion

I hope that they're keeping the Acela name. "Avelia" is the Alstom trademark for its line of trains, right, so Amtrak won't rename its Acela service to be "Avelia Liberty" will it? (I don't care for that name.) Thanks. Amtrak seems committed to their Acela brand. No reason for concern. The "Avelia ...
by bulk88
Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: The East Side Access Project Discussion (ESA)
Replies: 715
Views: 256452

Re: The East Side Access Project Discussion (ESA)

Can Hell Gates trains go to GCT via ESA or are the ramps in sunnyside too far east and only connect to the main line?

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