Crescent getting stabbed south of Atlanta

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Posted by PNWRMNM on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:41 AM

Deggesty

Would running shoorter trains help? Of course, this would mean that more employees would be needed--and the money-hungry people would be unhappy

No, shorter trains make the route MORE congested holding car count constant. To illustrate, lets immagine that sidings are 8,000 feet and the railroad is now running 20 trains per day. It is incurring x hours of train delay per day and performing y number of meets per day.

There is an old, old rule that says the number of meets increases as the square of the number of trains per day on a given line segment. That is if you double the number of trains you will have four times the number of meets. So if you shorten the trains by half and double the number of trains the number of meets will quadruple, as will the delay costs. If a line is running at or near its practical capacity in terms of trains per day, you will never get twice as many trains over it. Will freeze up on the first day!

If it is an ATK route, best thing to do is pray for ATK to go away.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 1:04 PM

Shorter trains woiuld help if there four or more times the number of sidings that coiuld hold them.   And also, how many, just how much shorter, snd thus how many addiitional trains required.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, April 06, 2018 4:56 AM

Once again the knife south of Atlanta for the month of March.  This does not include 3 round trip cancellations in stats.  Used Laurel since trains often take delays just south of Meridian ( MEI ).

South bound 19 from Atlanta to Laurel average loss !:40 and median loss 1:40  

North bound  #20 Laurel to Atlanta  average loss 1:43 and median 1:38.

EDIT

April has started even worse with 20 taking over 3:00 average to ATL and 19 over 2:00 at LAU.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, April 09, 2018 5:00 AM

On another site Crescent had end point arrivals on time    - # 19  once at New Orleans and # 20 none at WASH.    All our other performers did better.

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Posted by oltmannd on Monday, April 09, 2018 6:06 PM

blue streak 1

On another site Crescent had end point arrivals on time    - # 19  once at New Orleans and # 20 none at WASH.    All our other performers did better.

 

This is truly and historically awful. 

And, in a time when NS needs "all hands on deck" and and everyone pulling in the same direction, they decide to sue a crew that ran a red signal and wrecked in KY.  That'll build morale!

-Don (Random stuff, mostly about trains - what else? http://blerfblog.blogspot.com/

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Posted by Deggesty on Monday, April 09, 2018 8:20 PM

It was horrible today. #19 was held for #20 a few miles above Tuscaloosa I did not note the time we stopped--and, as we reached East Tuscaloosa, we had to stop becuase some person had left a car sitting on the traqck. I give thanks that the engineer saw it in time. It began to seem that there was no wrecker in Tuscaloosa, but we were able to at least get to Meridian (about two hours late). I hope it will be better tomorrow when I go back north.

I did not note any great delay due to freight; it seemed that such meets were well arranged, including the two with run-throughs with UP power on the point.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, April 09, 2018 11:16 PM

Really hate to report this but -------

In March 19 loat average of 10 minutes Greenville  ( / (GRV) ATL but for first 9 days of April lost average of 35 minutes.

March  #20 ATL - GRV lost 30 minutes  but April lost 35 minutes.

Does this mean the delays are spreading to north of ATL ?  hope this just a glich ?

Only place these trains seem to keep scheduled en route times is north of Gastonia / Charlotte or south of Laurel, MS

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:06 PM

I left Meridian 55 miutes late yesterday morning (at train time, the lastest report inn the station was "on time." At one point (I do not remember where) we had a meet with two trains, and backed to the switch after the first one moved on. We left Birmingham 1:49 late, and we left Anniston 2:00 late. 

I went to bed after leaving Anniston--and woke up just below Danville, 1:54 late, so we may hve slipped through the Atlanta area.

I made the connections I had hoped to make. tomorrow, I start back from Wilmington tomorrow, and hope to be home by 11:00 Saturday evening.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:27 PM

There are reports on train orders that NS is now jamed from ATL - Linwood yard ( Just north of Salisbury ).  19 today seems to have made it to ATL without more delays but since 20 is not yet at ATL we will see.

Oltmannd -  Any information ?

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Posted by oltmannd on Sunday, April 15, 2018 9:23 AM

blue streak 1

There are reports on train orders that NS is now jamed from ATL - Linwood yard ( Just north of Salisbury ).  19 today seems to have made it to ATL without more delays but since 20 is not yet at ATL we will see.

Oltmannd -  Any information ?

 

Sort of.  There are some merchandise trains stacked up  - part of the overall issues NS has had with in the past 6 months - but RR still looks pretty fluid.  There's quite a bit of capacity on that line - not much traffic.

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