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Re: Misdirection?

Posted by Joe V on Wed Jul 11 17:27:50 2012, in response to Re: Misdirection?, posted by Dyre Dan on Wed Jul 11 10:39:12 2012.

RDG & Pennsy was an easy marriage. But they thought the thru operation would save equipment - it actual cost them equipment. While they had just dumped the MP54, while the Blueliner had to be retained, they had to buy AEM7/Comet sets, and that was when ridership kept dropping anyway. I remember 11 car MP54's to Wilmington and Elwyn in the late 1970's. By the early 1980's, no Silverliner consist was over 6 cars, and those were rare.

When they stuck to rigid branch pairing, the clock-face intervals and constraints of timed, passing meets on the RDG side extended running times, so they had to break the rigidity at times and have trains change route numbers as the passed thru Philly. The majority of rush hour trains run thru but barely. They get to Roberts or 30th Street yard and layup.

Sit down and do the schedule planning. It looks easy from 35,000 feet, but it is very hard.

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