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  1. John Bobinyec

    Atlantic Coast (Silver/Palmetto/Carolinian) Service discussion 2023 Q4-2024

    I can see not running 89/90/97/98 over the S-line. The people getting on or off between Savannah and Selma can't be accommodated anyway and the ones for south of Savannah or north of Selma can be accommodated on the Carolinian and the Silver Star. But there is no alternative for the Auto Train...
  2. John Bobinyec

    Atlantic Coast (Silver/Palmetto/Carolinian) Service discussion 2023 Q4-2024

    Today (2/17/2024), The following trains were cancelled: 89/90 south of Washington 97 north of Jacksonville (probably 98 too) 52/53 I believe all this is because of a CSX derailment in South Carolina. So why can't any of these trains run over the S-line through Raleigh? jb
  3. John Bobinyec

    San Clemente landslide affects Pacific Surfliner 1/24/24

    I did mention that the tracks would need to be raised. The box would extend over the tracks and down into the ocean, as a sea wall does. If the tracks were raised, say 10 feet, it should take care of things. And if it doesn't, then an actual tunnel could be installed there for complete...
  4. John Bobinyec

    San Clemente landslide affects Pacific Surfliner 1/24/24

    The SP built snowsheds. How about building a mudshed? Cut into the bluff far enough to have a double track and raise the tracks. Then build a tunnel, or "box" over them. Then let the bluff advance to the ocean as it pleases, finishing the covering of the box. It'll be a short tunnel, but...
  5. John Bobinyec

    Coast Starlight Discussion

    Why were 11 and 14 canceled between Seattle and Oakland Jack London Sq. for today? Thanks, jb
  6. John Bobinyec

    Northeast Regional discussion

    Late Night Special On Saturday, 1/13/2024, Amtrak is running Northeast Regional train 1123 from NYP to WAS, departing at 9.35P. I was wondering what this is for, since it seems to be running only one time. Thanks, jb
  7. John Bobinyec

    Carolinian discussion

    In Charlotte, the Carolinian is stored overnight on the Office Track, which is just south of the station. It is just long enough to hold the normal consist. So if a car is added, one has to be removed, unless other arrangements are made for overnight storage. jb
  8. John Bobinyec

    Text Alerts

    I have a suggestion. Never rely on a single source of information. If the text says the train is running late, assume the text is wrong until proven reasonably accurate. jb
  9. John Bobinyec

    Where to find Amtrak Alerts and Notices

    Well, Amtrak brought them back for a couple of weeks, but as of 8/31/2023, they seem to be gone completely. There's just a note to go to Twitter to get the NEC delays and nothing about how to get the delays outside the NEC. - Shabby. jb
  10. John Bobinyec

    NS PTC failure on 8/28/23 affecting all NS routes

    Just ruminating here about what a completely robust system would look like. If I had my druthers, I would design a twin system. Each central system would be located apart from the other - say Atlanta for one and Cleveland for the other, in the case of NS. That would mitigate problems with...
  11. John Bobinyec

    NS PTC failure on 8/28/23 affecting all NS routes

    News Release Issued: Aug 28, 2023 (10:22pm EDT) System outage update ATLANTA, Aug. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) provided an update Monday on a technology outage that impacted rail operations: This morning, Norfolk...
  12. John Bobinyec

    NS PTC failure on 8/28/23 affecting all NS routes

    Generally delays due to PTC failures are called "signal failures". However, signal failures are generally local in nature. Today (8/28/2023) it looks like NS is having server failures which is probably shutting down the entire railroad. Amtrak trains affected today are: Piedmonts canceled...
  13. John Bobinyec

    California Zephyr discussion

    Perhaps a federal Passenger's Bill Of Rights should be imposed rather than leaving things up to whomever happens to be on duty at the time. jb
  14. John Bobinyec

    California Zephyr discussion

    With the way the landslides, flooding, washouts, fires, and freight interference seems to be going lately, it might behoove Amtrak to start coming up with some contingency plans. jb
  15. John Bobinyec

    California Zephyr discussion

    Good point. How about detouring up through Cheyenne, then? Something. jb
  16. John Bobinyec

    California Zephyr discussion

    With 6 terminating at SLC and 5 terminating at GJT, you'd thing a bus bridge would have been in order. jb
  17. John Bobinyec

    Crescent discussion

    Okay, so it's like the Adirondack going from New York to Montreal. Amtrak doesn't have enough resources (crews, trainsets, ...) to run the train at a slower speed. jb
  18. John Bobinyec

    Crescent discussion

    "Heat restrictions again." Again? I don't remember 19 and 20 not running south of Atlanta because of heat restrictions before. jb
  19. John Bobinyec

    Piedmont and North Carolina DOT Service discussion

    "They generally add a few days in case something happens." I'm thinking of boarding 20 there to go on a two-week trip. What about the adding a few days? jb
  20. John Bobinyec

    Piedmont and North Carolina DOT Service discussion

    Is there any long-term parking at Greensboro? Where is it? How much does it cost? How many spaces are there? (What's the probability of finding a vacant space?) jb
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