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Airport (R1) has been suspended due to Amtrak power problems, shuttle busing in effect between 30th Street Station and PHL Airport. Wilmington/Newark (R2) and Media/Elwyn (R3) service has been restored, minor delays expected.

 

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Anyone know what's going on?

 

- A

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R1 Airport, R2 Newark/Wilmington and R3 Media/Elwyn are back and running.

 

Now the alerter says:

Trenton(R7) and Chestnut Hill West (R8) service may experience delays of up to 40 minutes due to Amtrak power problems.

 

What does this have to do with Amtrak really?

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Airport service stems off of the NEC. Since the line shares several miles of NEC tracks AND WIRES, a problem with the wire over the airport line tracks would put that line 100% out of comish.

 

- A

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The R7 trenton line is on the NEC. The R8 splits off at north philadelphia station, which is also on the NEC.. I just know that amtk and :septa: partner on keeping the wire powered and functional.

 

- A

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Here goes another incident with cheap suspended catenary. Amtrak is really hitting rock bottom. They should seriously stop those concrete tie projects and convert all catenary lines to Constant Tension Catenary. If not that, then at least bolt on the cross arms for better support like the DL&W catenary.

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I rode the R7 line today, there was no delay at all...

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However, our train did win against an Acela Express Train in a game of Outrun :cool:

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Tie replacement is important, because they are cracking left and right. They have emergency stockpiles of wood ties just to offset the effect of the defect percentage per week.

 

Catenary replacement will be next after that, and will likely co-incide with funding for corridor upgrading, because the NEC would tie together the empire corridor, and the keystone corridor.

 

As i've stated many times before, to get amtrak to a state where things are good and not just always being fixed, will take a serious commitment form local, state, and federal people to generate the funds and help elect the sources (wire & bracket companies etc) that can be relied upon to serve the projects and not break like the concrete ties.

 

Another thing, is changing the way people think about rail travel, and having the service match or exceed the expectations. Only then will things REALLY begin to change.

 

- A

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