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Amtrak Thanksgiving Schedule Discussion

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lets not forget, it also affected NJT trains, they also use the East River Tunnels to either store trains at Sunnsyside Yard or loop around Sunnyside yard, and all the dangerous overcrowding lead to a temporarliy closure of NY Penn Station

 

 

I understand what you wrote. But NJT uses tracks on the opposite side of the station, Tracks 1-5 or 6 and most of them are stub end so there isn't as much need for trains to go through the East River Tunnels.

 

A lot of Amtrak trains go through to Boston and can use Line 1. The long distance go to Sunnyside after discharging.

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Tracks 1-4 are the only stubbed end tracks. NJT can use any track except 19-21 (no North River Tunnel access). It's rare, but occasionally NJT/Amtrak will use lines 3/4 to move trains in and out of Sunnyside. Tracks 14-21 can use 3/4 and 5-17 can use 1/2 (tk 17 can only platform 6 cars to clear the switch to go to lines 1/2, so that's another rare move)

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Amtrak (the people in the control center at Penn Station) decides which track each NJT train can use

 

 

I can't find the citation at the moment, but I read that both Amtrak and LIRR dispatch Penn Station. I'm sure LIRR's general counsel is going to review the operating contract and seek damages. If Amtrak is solely responsible for dispatching, then I guess they are responsible for fixing the switch.

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Amtrak and LIRR share control of PSCC. NJT opted out of a share. However, Amtrak is responsible for the upkeep of ALL NYP tracks.

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Amtrak and LIRR share control of PSCC. NJT opted out of a share. However, Amtrak is responsible for the upkeep of ALL NYP tracks.

 

This implies that LIRR fell on its sword for Amtrak and didn't try to run their getaway trains from Penn. It had to be a mutual decision since both railroads share control of PSCC.

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ANOTHER THANKSGIVING, ANOTHER AMTRAK RECORD: Amtrak ridership and ticket revenue both set records for the Thanksgiving period as customers across the country increasingly choose America’s Railroad® for holiday travel. Amtrak carried a record 737,537 passengers during Thanksgiving 2012, up 1.9 percent over the previous year and the prior record set in 2011. In addition, Nov. 21, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, was the single busiest day in the history of Amtrak with 140,691 passengers. Ticket revenues were a best ever $56.1 million, up 8.4 percent versus 2011. Amtrak recovered quickly from Superstorm Sandy and served the same number of Northeast Corridor holiday passengers as the year before. Ridership was up 3.4 percent on state-supported and other short distance routes and up 0.8 percent on the long-distance services. The Thanksgiving 2012 travel period extended from Nov. 20 – 26. “Amtrak is a key element of the regional response to Sandy and it was critical for us to restore service and operate our full and expanded schedule to connect families for the holiday—and with the help of our commuter partners we did it,” said President and CEO Joe Boardman. When compared with Thanksgiving 2010, the two-year increase is even more impressive, 737,537 vs. 704,446 passengers, up 4.7 percent and $56.1 million vs. $47.6 million in ticket revenues, up 17.9 percent. Helping smooth the way was this year’s nationwide implementation of eTicketing, enabling passengers to print their own boarding documents or have their smartphones scanned by Amtrak conductors, reducing lines at ticket windows and Quik-TrakSM kiosks. Amtrak accommodated additional passengers with extra trains scheduled in the Northeast Corridor, the Chicago Hub, the Pacific Northwest and in California. In addition, Amtrak added capacity to many other trains in the 46-state national network.This was the first Thanksgiving for the new extended Downeaster service to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine, and for Amtrak Thruway bus service in Eastern North Carolina that provides rail connections for eight communities to the Palmetto service. Also, Amtrak partnered with VIA Rail Canada, which provided several passenger railcars to help make additional seats available on Northeast Corridor trains and on the Albany – Montreal segment of the Adirondack service (Amtrak - posted 12/10)

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Didn't they have a train using SEPTA cars too a while back? I thought I remembered seeing some Silverliners at Penn Station

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what's weird is a MARC set includes an Amtrak cafe car, even though the timetables say no cafe car is included for the Holiday Extra trains

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also, the online booking system says all the holiday extra trains (or "commuter train equipment") shows the cafe car icon, but NJT sets won't have the cafe car

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Tuesday was a bad day for Amtrak. Signal malfunctions at CP 240 on Metro North in the late afternnon caused massive delays in both directions.

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Biggest impact was on the Springfield line due to debris that fell onto the tracks. #55 was 2:19 late into Washington. Trains 476 and 494 were 1.23 and .58 late, respectively into Springfield. Trains 475 and 479 were .42 and .57 late, respectively into New Haven.

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