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Date: 09/15/23 04:10
Yesterday's 97
Author: Chessie1963

Good morning,

Does anyone know the cause of the nearly 5 hour delay that 97 experienced at Alexandria last night?  She left DC just a few minutes late and then the train sat at Alexandria for hours.  It feels like the timing around a locomotive failure, but I have no idea.

Thank you.

 



Date: 09/15/23 05:00
Re: Yesterday's 97
Author: joemvcnj

Imposible to tell from Twitter alerts. 
The NEC one was last updated Sep 13
The other one on Sep 11.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/15/23 05:25 by joemvcnj.



Date: 09/15/23 08:53
Re: Yesterday's 97
Author: Chessie1963

When things are bad, just cut off the info and call it good.

I honestly think that may be what we are seeing.

joemvcnj Wrote:
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> Imposible to tell from Twitter alerts. 
> The NEC one was last updated Sep 13
> The other one on Sep 11.



Date: 09/15/23 09:51
Re: Yesterday's 97
Author: joemvcnj

I think more likely that "X" has gotten unstable, missing feeds. 
Amtrak should develop its own reporting system , like most other carriers. I only know of the PATH system being dependent on Twitter, and they were never passenger friendly to begin with. 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/15/23 09:53 by joemvcnj.



Date: 09/15/23 14:23
Re: Yesterday's 97
Author: Chessie1963

Amtrak used to have alerts on its webpage, but they are no longer there, either.  This is not just an X problem.  This is an Amtrak problem.


joemvcnj Wrote:
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> I think more likely that "X" has gotten unstable,
> missing feeds. 
> Amtrak should develop its own reporting system ,
> like most other carriers. I only know of the PATH
> system being dependent on Twitter, and they were
> never passenger friendly to begin with. 



Date: 09/15/23 15:16
Re: Yesterday's 97
Author: MEKoch

What we have on LD trains is a failure of Amtrak to properly maintain and service equipment.  They are far too many road failures.  #97 had gone eight miles to Alexandria and things collapse.  Recently the Empire Builder got to Glenview and collapsed.  

Then we have two engines on the Western long hauls which fail repeatedly.  They have many of the new Siemens long haul units, plus the F42 fleet (which they should rebuild), and still they cannot supply motive power that runs the distance.  

They do not have rescue engines ready at Albuquerque, Denver or Havre.  All the above points to POOR management, and a failure to execute the daily needed repair work.  



Date: 09/15/23 15:54
Re: Yesterday's 97
Author: bh35226

Train actually returned to WAshington to replace a car due to an electrical problem on that car. Apparently, something happened to a cable after they left Washington.



Date: 09/15/23 17:38
Re: Yesterday's 97
Author: Chessie1963

Bingo.

MEKoch Wrote:
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> What we have on LD trains is a failure of Amtrak
> to properly maintain and service equipment.  They
> are far too many road failures.  #97 had gone
> eight miles to Alexandria and things collapse. 
> Recently the Empire Builder got to Glenview and
> collapsed.  
>
> Then we have two engines on the Western long hauls
> which fail repeatedly.  They have many of the new
> Siemens long haul units, plus the F42 fleet (which
> they should rebuild), and still they cannot supply
> motive power that runs the distance.  
>
> They do not have rescue engines ready at
> Albuquerque, Denver or Havre.  All the above
> points to POOR management, and a failure to
> execute the daily needed repair work.  



Date: 09/17/23 17:37
Re: Yesterday's 97
Author: ProAmtrak

Chessie1963 Wrote:
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> Bingo.
>
> MEKoch Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > What we have on LD trains is a failure of
> Amtrak
> > to properly maintain and service equipment. 
> They
> > are far too many road failures.  #97 had gone
> > eight miles to Alexandria and things
> collapse. 
> > Recently the Empire Builder got to Glenview and
> > collapsed.  
> >
> > Then we have two engines on the Western long
> hauls
> > which fail repeatedly.  They have many of the
> new
> > Siemens long haul units, plus the F42 fleet
> (which
> > they should rebuild), and still they cannot
> supply
> > motive power that runs the distance.  
> >
> > They do not have rescue engines ready at
> > Albuquerque, Denver or Havre.  All the above
> > points to POOR management, and a failure to
> > execute the daily needed repair work.  

Agreed, never gonna forget Lorsigma claiming how Amtrak will get better, until that current leadership's replaced with leadership that knows how to improve and grow Amtrak, it'll always be crappy!



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