Park Interlocking over the last couple of weeks has been dropping signals
switches out corrspondence. Signal dept. been out there on and off over that last couple of weeks. Been have that problem out west with another control point.
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MetraBNSF wrote:Is it just me, or does it seem that over the past 2 months, there have been a lot of service disruptions affecting various lines? From grade crossing incidents, equipment problems, physical plant problems (signals, switches, track), and hazmat situations, there seems to be a lot happening systemwide and with great frequency. Same can be said with the CTA, but I'll reserve my thoughts for that message board.I've also noticed that certain kinds of delays seem to happen more often on a partiuclar route. For instance, I'm not sure what's considered a "normal" amount of equipment failures over a given time, but on the UP lines at least, there certainly have been a rash of locomotive failures recently, which is keeping the folks at M19A busy these days. Could be a coincidence, or there could be other factors at work; perhaps AMTK84 might be able to shed some more light on that. Meanwhile, issues with signals and switches seem to happen most often with BNSF, although that's directly related to BNSF's signal improvement project along the Chicago sub, so there's not much that can be done about that except to grin and bear it until all the kinks are worked out.
Metra wrote: Tuesday, October 3, 2006BNSF was hit very hard this morning as well from last night's storms. The signal problems took place at the DG and Fairview interlocking plants. Trains had to be flagged through every grade crossing from DG/Belmont on the west to Cass Ave/Westmont on the east. Signal crews were working at both DG and Fairview interlockings, this is where the most significant delays took place. Once east of Clarendon Hills, there were no problems.[/quote]
Due to switch problems at Foterst Hill the following trains are runing behind schedule. They are currently
(@7:05pm) behind schedule the following amount.
823 94"; 825 69"; 827 58"; 829 37"; 831 7".
Train 836 scheduled to depart 153rd at 5:44pm will not run, this train has been cancelled.
Train 833 scheduled to depart Chi. Union Station at 7:00pm will not run, this train has been cancelled.
Posted: 07:19 PM CDT
Halted freight train disrupts Metra Southwest LineThey got some of the Forest Hill details wrong, but either way... messy week for SWS.
By Richard Wronski
Tribune staff reporter
Published October 6, 2006
Thousands of rail commuters on Metra's Southwest Line were delayed--some nearly two hours--Thursday morning because a freight train was blocking the tracks and its crew was not allowed to move it.
The incident was the latest in a series of problems that commuters say they have faced on the line serving Chicago's Southwest Side and suburbs.
Six of the Southwest Line's eight inbound trains were blocked by a CSX freight that came to a stop at the Forest Hills crossing, between 179th and 153rd Street stations in Orland Park, according to Metra. It stopped because its crew had exceeded federally mandated work hours, Metra spokeswoman Judy Pardonnet said.
A fresh CSX crew had to be summoned to move the train while about 3,400 Metra commuters waited, Pardonnet said.
"The train should not have been left where it was," she said. "It's certainly not proper protocol, and we expressed our concern to CSX. They said they've made a mistake and would initiate new procedures to see that it doesn't happen again."
One Metra train left the 179th Street station at 5:10 a.m. and didn't arrive at Chicago's Union Station until about 8:08 a.m., Pardonnet said. It was scheduled to arrive at 6:15 a.m.
Four other trains experienced delays of from 44 minutes to 12 minutes, Pardonnet said. Another train, scheduled to leave at 5:49 a.m. was canceled.
Metra passengers were angry.
"There were a lot of unhappy people," passenger Kirk Hartley said. "You could hear people saying, `I'm going to miss the doctor, I'm going to miss this or that.' This is just destroying our faith in whether we can count on [Metra]."
Pardonnet said CSX promised to improve the training of its crews and dispatchers. Calls to CSX headquarters in Jacksonville were not returned Thursday afternoon.
Federal Railroad Administration regulations govern freight crew members, but it was unclear what rules applied in this case.
In general, they mandate that employees not remain or go on duty unless they've had at least 8 consecutive hours off during the prior 24 hours. If employees have been on duty for 12 consecutive hours, they can't resume work until having at least 10 consecutive hours off.
Even before Thursday's delays, Southwest Line commuters termed this week a "commuting disaster" because of delays Tuesday, blamed on the previous night's storm. But commuters said freight trains have blocked crossings before and switching problems have caused delays.
"Metra has clearly fallen down on the job of policing the right of way on this," Hartley said. "It shouldn't take calls from reporters and cranky commuters to get results."