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    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    As it stands now, no. A fairly reliable source on Facebook stated the other day that the trainset will be holding still in Penn Coach Yard until the beginning of the new month. But as with anything you hear on Facebook, take it with a grain of salt. Yesterday I passed by 30th Street and their...
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    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    The Charger that tested on the NEC did not have ACSES or Cab Signals for NEC running. The Chargers that are being built for Amtrak will have multiple PTC systems ACSES, ITMS, etc. All of these will need to be tested and debugged before Revenue service can begin.
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    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    Update from the NGEC. The transit in Philly tested at 125 MPH. But has been sidelined for now with PTC issues, which for something new isn't all to surprising.
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    Daily service (maybe)

    Congress has repeated the same statement over and over to now Past President Anderson, and they'll tell Mr. Flynn the same thing. "It's National or Nothing". But, I tend to agree all around with your statement. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see a great amount of money spent on...
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    Daily service (maybe)

    As someone who has advocated for funding for Projects such as Gateway and overall funding of Passenger Rail. $10 Billion is a lot of money to do things that are sorely needed. Sadly, our government has neglected Amtrak for years, and they are finally realizing that Amtrak needs the funding...
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    NER Business Class or Acela First Class--Best Bet for COVID Times?

    Actually they're not assigning seats on the Corridor. With the exception of FC and BC on Regionals.
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    NER Business Class or Acela First Class--Best Bet for COVID Times?

    I was on 2252 and 2159 on the 28th and 29th. Both trains were empty. Very few passengers. ON 2252 I was one of 8 passengers in the car I was in. 2159 was about the same. FC on 2252 was empty when the FC car passed me at RTE. FC is only serving Boxed meals and drinks in cans and bottles. Not...
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    Metrolink Operating Contract Bids Due

    Metrolink has established Monday the 6th of July at 2pm PDT as the time for all Bids to be in for the Operating Contract. Keolis, Herzog, and Bombardier are in the mix from my understanding. Bombardier has job postings for Metrolink. But it states that it's only IF they win the bid. It also...
  9. Acela150

    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    I believe it's not the final paint job.
  10. Acela150

    Modified Boarding and Cafe Service

    OK folks, just a quick update on boarding. Not a darn thing was different. Get on the train where you want, get off where you want. Certain cafe items aren't for sale. Such as salads and certain sandwiches. The one thing that was nice was when we were at PHL, the Amtrak iPhone app sent me the...
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    Meltdown on 94

    Where they have to blow the horn is irrelevant. The horn is a mandated safety appliance that must work. Their are certain rules in place if the horn doesn't work. Such as having the conductor riding in the opposite cab to sound the horn when the Engineer tells him or her to sound the whistle. If...
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    Modified Boarding and Cafe Service

    Hi All, Sunday I will be on board 2252 from PHL to RTE with the kids. I'm taking them back to Mass after a wonderful month long visit with them in Philly. Does anyone know if the Corridor is experiencing the "modified boarding"? They explain it as certain doors will open to "prevent crowding"...
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    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    Roger that. Thanks.
  14. Acela150

    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    Update from the NGEC who had meetings in May. Nothing new that we don't already know. Although they mention that their are some PTC issues that are being worked out on TS 2 in Philly. Speaking on TS 2 in Philly. Does anyone know if the TS is fully outfitted? Or will it need to go back and have...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    They actually may not be meeting due to Covid-19.
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    Pennsylvanian Delays Today

    The westbound 43 had a major issue with Cab Signals and PTC just after leaving Altoona at the "Brickyard". The Eastbound train was given a NS leader to Harrisburg for today. Not sure about today's Westbound train yet.
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    Pennsylvanian Delays Today

    43 left PHL at 621pm and then got stuck between there and PAO. Left PAO at 838pm.
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    Pennsylvanian Delays Today

    There were some serious storms in the Philly area between 12 and 1pm. I was out with the girls at a Mickey D's Drive Through when they hit. Thank the good Lord that we were safe the whole time. But coming home I saw some nasty damage. Amtrak has posted on their website and social media that...
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    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    Friday afternoon I was able to catch the return trip from Lancaster at Overbrook. Yesterday the trainset went to DC. I've heard two different things regarding the trip to DC. One version is for a media event and the other being it's going to Ivy City for Employee Familiarization, etc...
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