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  1. Boris

    Claim says 'Cascades' trainset in fatal accident had electrical defect

    Exactly! And a qualified Engineer is supposed to know where the 30MPH curves are at, and comply with the restriction, not taking it at 50MPH faster than maximum permitted speed. The cause is the locomotive operator operating his train at speeds in excess of the maximum authorized speed. In...
  2. Boris

    Claim says 'Cascades' trainset in fatal accident had electrical defect

    I have this bad habit, of offering anecdotal situations that really don't make much sense, although I have experienced them in real life. Take the Acela equipment, for instance. Back in 2002 and for a time after, this equipment was undergoing acceptance testing not only on the Main Lines between...
  3. Boris

    Claim says 'Cascades' trainset in fatal accident had electrical defect

    When discussing railroad accidents, keep in mind that the probable cause or causes are known long before the government agency releases its findings. Railroad officials conduct their own investigations, beginning with the initial report of the accident and beyond depending on the complexity of...
  4. Boris

    Amtrak to Improve National Network Locomotive Fleet

    Wow, has it been that long? I remember when the P42s were phasing out the F40s. I can also state that I managed to get one up to 110MPH on the Harrisburg Line, before having to break for a curve restriction ;)
  5. Boris

    CSX Solicits Bids on Six Additional Rail Segments

    This is reminiscent of what Conrail did back when it was eliminating redundant and unproductive line segments. The Massena Line which links Syracuse with Montreal offers a lot of possibilities to short line operators. Not sure about the other lines. Boris
  6. Boris

    My Capitol Corridor Compilation 2017-2018

    Nice video Alex. I enjoyed it.
  7. Boris

    Lapeer Industrial Railroad

    That is a neat little diesel. What does this short line haul?
  8. Boris

    Brightline Miami Service Opening Celebration 5/19 & 5/20/18

    Now, that's the way to run a railroad. !
  9. Boris

    Canada, Quebec to fund Lac-Megantic rail bypass

    Interesting that Trudeau would spend the money on this route, but I can understand the feelings of the residents. Good for the PM. The accident itself shows that one man crews and shortlines with megar resources have their limitations.
  10. Boris

    Amtrak turns 47 years old

    First tour at Amtrak I was a Road Foreman of Engines, Second tour I was a Locomotive Engineer. Time in between was with Conrail.
  11. Boris

    Meals for Train Crews

    It depends on the assignment, the railroad, and the working conditions. I have worked jobs where we brought our lunches with us, and other jobs where we were able to stop enroute . The agreement provides for a 20" meal period in the yard, between 4½ and 6 hours on duty, or "A "Reasonable time...
  12. Boris

    Amtrak turns 47 years old

    Wow! 47 years. Personally, back then, I figured they would not last long, but what did I know? Not only that, but I worked there in two separate capacities on two different occasions, 21 years apart, and that I have been retired from there for almost 10 years. Where did the time go?
  13. Boris

    GE Transportation acquired by Wabtec?

    Interesting development.
  14. Boris

    AMTRAK CEO: PHASING OUT LONG DISTANCE TRAINS IN FAVOR OF “CORRIDORS”.

    Sounds like CEO Anderson, doesn't like to answer hard questions, he doesn't have a prepared answer for. I don't envy his position and would not want his job. He runs a quasi-Government Agency, controlled and governed by a Cabinet level department, and almost totally dependent on annual...
  15. Boris

    RPA’s T-REX plan wants to integrate NYC area systems

    We had this once, it was called the Metropolitan region of CONRAIL, but the Government planners had a better idea. And created three or four distinct agencies to run what the private railroads had run much more efficiently. So, If we do this, what happens to all the freight traffic on the...
  16. Boris

    Strike at Canadian Pacific Railway postponed for now, unions say

    Not for nothing, but the CP was also paying Hunter Harrison a premium salary...guess there is nothing left for the people who actually make the CP run.:rolleyes:
  17. Boris

    Hunter Harrison among 10 highest paid CEOs in 2017.

    Wow! Too bad he couldn't take it with him :rolleyes:. No way he was worth what they paid him, no matter how much the stock price increased.
  18. Boris

    New and Contemporary Dining Soon on Two Amtrak Routes

    I'm not sure this is a good idea, on Amtrak's part. It appears to be an experiment, to see if this idea will fly. More or less how they tested revised meal service on the Silver Star and Empire Builder. Needless to say, this is not something I would favor. If I read the description...
  19. Boris

    Pacific Parlour Cars Make Their Last Journey

    Bob: Good point. Some folks are disturbed by Amtraks eliminating some of the frills associated with the "glory days" of passenger train travel, but obviously many of these nostalgic folk haven't been on a train since Amtrak began some 47 years ago. Todays train traveler, is more likely to...
  20. Boris

    Pacific Parlour Cars Make Their Last Journey

    Unfortunately these cars are 62 years old, an have exceeded their normal service life, and no matter how well received by the traveling public, they are mechanical time bombs. Richard Anderson's mandate is to cut costs, and his bosses at DOT expect him to do so. If there is enough public...


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