I'm trying to figure out exactly how this will look at the station. Will there be a "wiggle" at the end of the bridge to make things line up? Or is there a third track planned in that area?
On the Sound Transit website, it says there will be a platform on both sides of the tracks so two train can be in the station at the same time. I wonder if there will be an overpass so passengers can get over to the other platform, or will they fill it in with asphalt and people will cross the tracks?
Went down to Tacoma today. Very quit with Amtrak trains running.
The contractor was working on ballest today. As I was taking these photos from the East L Street overpass, a white truck came up behind and stopped. A guy came over and chatted with me. He worked for the contractor working on this project.
I asked him if the platform area was for the cross-overs. He said the cross-overs will not be on the bridge, they will right below the East L Street bridge. He said he convinced 'em that having cross-overs on a trestle is not a good idea. If a train detail at the switch its hard to get up there to rerail the cars and there is a risk of them falling off.
In this second photo you can see the "wiggle" that will be needed at the south end.
The guy was saying the speed on the new trestle will be 60mph. The current speed is 40mph. He was pointing out the kink near the north end and the dip near the sound end from all the settling.
This photo is from D Street. That dip will be gone when the new trestle opens.
This section will be pushed over when the trestle is taken out of service on the 17th.
If anyone wants photos of the old Milwaukee Road trestle, do it now. When the new trestle goes into service on the 23nd, the contractor will begin taking down the old one.
I heard Centralia North talking to the test train; AMTK 188 was pointed north. He was Manitou? Then we was at CP188, and was going north. The signal at D Street went red, I waited for about an hour and gave up. Never did see it.
3:30 PM Saturday I was on I-5 at Tillicum and saw the test train. It had AMTK 188 leading (North), one Coast Starlight Car, then AMTK 163 trailing (facing South). It was doing 10 to 15 mph. Cars on I-5 were slowing down because of it.
Saw on another site that Tacoma Rail crews are going to be doing the testing for AMTK.
FYI, if you didn't already know, Manitou is residential area West of the track; I believe it is S. 65th street.
Friend who works in Tillicum said earlier in week Sheriff Deputies were stationed at the crossings and warning people of trains to be starting soon with higher speeds then they are used to. He got warned because he pulled up onto the tracks waiting for traffic light to go green.
Nice to see the tracks in use, albeit just the test mode.
What is involved with the testing of newly laid track? Do they have equipment on the test train to determine if ballast etc is not level or?
We've got a green, Hi Ball!