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Date: 02/23/24 17:15
Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Night
Author: Mgoldman

Monday, February 5th, 2024

On a visit to Princeton Junction, NJ, on the NEC, I got a surprise heads up that
Amtrak's Avela Liberty (aka: Acela II) would be making some high speed round
trips at up to 165 mph.  There were 3 all after 8 PM lasting into the midnight if
I recall correctly.  No confirmation of speed, but it sure looked wickedly fast!

First shot -
10:45 PM  Nikon Z8, ISO 900, 1/800th with a second hand 85 mm 1.8 DSLR
prime.  Exposed for the headlights - was able to recover a good amount of
detail.

Second and third, some cell phone video of the event, both south.. err, west
bound but from opposite sides of the platforms.

Enjoy

/Mitch

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Date: 02/23/24 17:18
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: jp1822

NICE! Lets hope this is a positive beginning to these units' process of getting into service........



Date: 02/23/24 17:20
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: amtrakbill

Wow!

That’s 265 kilometers per hour!

Sounds faster and more European

Posted from iPhone



Date: 02/23/24 17:33
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: cutboy1958

Wow. Nice  work. Is  that  tower  staffed?



Date: 02/23/24 17:43
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: Mgoldman

cutboy1958 Wrote:
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> Wow. Nice  work. Is  that  tower  staffed?

I was surprised to see the lights come on but I don't think it is staffed or in use daily - perhaps someone can confirm its current status.

/Mitch

Posted from iPhone



Date: 02/23/24 18:30
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: UP951West

Great job on the video and still shot . Four stars !   Thanks for sharing. 
Candidate for the Video of the Day. 



Date: 02/23/24 19:30
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: ironmtn

Second both motions. Outstanding! An excellent still view (you have a very good trigger finger, even if shot in burst mode), and the two videos are very impressive. Plus, the train just looks good - really good. It's good that this process is rolling along, and apparently with some success. All to the good. Looking forward to the trains going into service.

MC



Date: 02/23/24 19:31
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: lne655

Reamining towers in kept shape are usually for maintenance and signal personnel. This area is completely CETC controlled.



Date: 02/23/24 21:29
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: coach

Mgoldman Wrote:
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> cutboy1958 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Wow. Nice  work. Is  that  tower  staffed?
>
> I was surprised to see the lights come on but I
> don't think it is staffed or in use daily -
> perhaps someone can confirm its current status.
>
> /Mitch
>
> Posted from iPhone

Railfan AirBNB???  Lodging and trains together.



Date: 02/24/24 03:42
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: atsfer

Thanks for posting the video...at least we have one train that can match some of the train speeds in Europe.



Date: 02/24/24 05:00
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: jaybest

Impressive!  What is the rate of acceleration for Aleva Liberty, that is, how much time and how many miles does it take to reach 165 mph from a dead stop?



Date: 02/24/24 11:02
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: ProAmtrak

Nice catch, let's see how long it'll take for them to get into service!



Date: 02/24/24 17:25
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: atsf121

Great stuff, glad you caught it! That horn sounds like it’s being strangled, though.

Nathan

Posted from iPhone



Date: 02/25/24 13:41
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: CPCoyote

amtrakbill Wrote:
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> Wow!
>
> That’s 265 kilometers per hour!
>
> Sounds faster and more European
>
> Posted from iPhone

Wow is right! Love to have been behind the throttle on that trip.



Date: 02/25/24 18:54
Re: Avelia Liberty testing at 165 mph through Princeton Jct at Ni
Author: LX15840

I liked that whistle,   it really gets your attention.

I remember being on a platform years ago at night in the UK just west of Windsor. A 125 MPH train came through at speed - no whistle, no headlight. It scared my wife and I. It seemed like it almost blew us off the platform. We  learned our lesson, stay as far back from the tracks as possible. I hope the UK has starting using headlights by now.



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