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Crescent loosing time south of Atlanta until about Aug 7 then mostly on time.

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, December 20, 2018 5:58 PM

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Well # 19 lost another hour at Howell CP.  This may be another CSX problem note this 3 alerts from Amtrak .Since the Star operates mostly on CSX pprobably their problem. 

 Crescent Train 19 which departed New York (NYP) on 12/19 is currently operating about 1 hr 44 min late due to Norfolk Southern Freight Train interference and host Railroad software issues along the route.

 Silver Star Train 92 which departed Miami (MIA) on 12/19 is currently operating about 2 hr 56 min late due to Railroad congestion and host Railroad software issues along the route.

 Silver Star Train 91 which departed New York (NYP) on 12/19 is currently operating about 2 hr 36 min late due to Railroad congestion and host Railroad software issues along the route.

 EDIT  Note Stars did not take delays on their NS portions.

Sofware delays is sounding like PTC data issues and potentially line of road data issues.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, December 21, 2018 1:55 AM

BaltACD

 Sofware delays is sounding like PTC data issues and potentially line of road data issues.

 

 
Palmetto also took delays.

Update: Palmetto Train 89/20 is currently operating about 2hr 15min late due to earlier host railroad software issues throughout the route and a vehicle blocking the tracks at Florence (FLO). Please check or our mobile app for additional status updates.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, December 23, 2018 2:14 PM

Here it is Christmas week and 2 out of the three LD trains late are #19 /22 and #20/22 more than 3 hours.  Now is getting stabbed both north and south of ATL. The results on this link show black for trains more than 3 hours late that travel 550+ miles.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, December 24, 2018 9:22 AM

Again #19/23  &  #20/23  are only  Amtrak LD trains more than 3 hours late as of 1020 Monday morning.   What is it with NS?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, December 24, 2018 9:51 PM

Here it is  2230  Christmas eve and the latest train system wide is #19/23 going toward NOL at over 3:30.  No other trains are over 2 hours late. Guess what 19/24 has lost 1:20 WASH - '''''charlottesville.  Only 3 other Amtrak trains ( That is all trains LD, SD, NEC  ) are more than 1:00 but less than 1:30 late.(14,6,91 )  NS a big fat pew !  Note NS has allways been my favorite RR but ==============

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, December 24, 2018 10:17 PM

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Here it is  2230  Christmas eve and the latest train system wide is #19/23 going toward NOL at over 3:30.  No other trains are over 2 hours late. Guess what 19/24 has lost 1:20 WASH - '''''charlottesville.  Only 3 other Amtrak trains ( That is all trains LD, SD, NEC  ) are more than 1:00 but less than 1:30 late.(14,6,91 )  NS a big fat pew !  Note NS has allways been my favorite RR but ==============

My understanding is the CSX is shutting down most all freight operations from 0700 Dec. 24 to 0700 Dec. 26.  There should be very little if any CSX freight train interference to Amtrak over the holiday.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, December 28, 2018 1:18 PM

Weather cancellations south of BHM today!  Guess 19 will turn to 20 somtime today/

 

Service Alert: Crescent Train 20 scheduled to depart New Orleans (NOL) on 12/28 is now canceled between NOL and Birmingham (BHM) due to severe weather in the area causing unforeseen track work on the host railroad. Alternate bus transportation will be provided between NOL & BHM.

 

Service Alert: Crescent Train 19 that departed New York (NYP) on 12/27 will terminate in Birmingham (BHM) due to severe weather in the area causing unforeseen track work on the host railroad. Alternate bus transportation will be provided between BHM and New Orleans (NOL).

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 5:06 PM

Crescent #20 / 31 latest train system wide again.  Arrived 3:59 late NYP.  NS arrived it 4:14 at WASH.   1:07 late at  Atlanta.  North of ATL getting worse.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, January 4, 2019 12:42 PM

There is some kind of  problem for the whole NS Crescent route.  Noticed that many days both 19 and 20 has not exceeded 60 MPH between CLT ( Gastonia )  and Atlanta. That has caused both north and south bound Crescents to constantly loose 30 - 45 minutes between  CLT and ATL. Now this alert today has come out.  Anyone with more info ?

 

Crescent Train 20 which departed New Orleans (NOL) on 1/3 is currently operating about 4 hr 25 min late due to Railroad congestion and speed restrictions along the route.

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, January 4, 2019 8:45 PM

December is much worse.  As previously posted the trains north of ATL are all taking hits especially ATL <> CLT.  A spot check for month shows all trains ATL <> CLT loosing about 45 - 60 minutes and only one or two times any Crescent showing train traveling over 60 MPH.  The only bright spot was the trains beat schedule almost every trip Gastonia - Greensboro 30 - 45 minutes probably due to NCDOT's completion of complete two main tracking.

Did not count NYP - WASH due to Amtrak meeting schedule south bound and saving up to 1 hour north bound.  This is a NS caused problem except for many CSX delays just south of ATL station.

28 RT trains operated in December.  Here are delays

19.  ATL 2 early 1:45 Average  1:32 Median.

      NOL 1 early 3:51 Average  3:21 Median.  7 over 5 hours late which caused delays for next day's 20 departures.

20.  ATL 1 early 2:38 Average  2:31 median

      WAS 0 early  3:43 Average 3:47 Median

Looks bad for NS does't it ?

Contrast that with 7 at SEA AVG :08 MED  :02

                           8 at CHI  avg:36  M  :03

                         49    CHI  A   -1:17  M - 1:14

                        48     NYP  A - :56    M - :20

We cannot any longer fault the other known trains for delay compared with NS.  BTW  The Crescents for several Christmas time days were later than any other Amtrak train -  LD , SD, and NEC !

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:54 PM

Tonight Crescent #20 cannot get out of Atlanta.  Its 8:04 departure was announced as finally leaving ATl 2 hours late.  However it only made about 1-1/2 miles and has not moved as of 11"54.  Here is original post announcing departure from ATL.  This is not in anyway NS's fault.  More problems with Amtrak P-42s.  Cannot wait for SC-44s finally on LD trains?  Wonder if NS will provide a leader tonight?

 

Update: Cresent Train 20 which departed Atlanta on 1/23 is now on the move currently operating about 2hr late due to an engine problem which has now been fixed outside of (ATL).

 

EDIT; Has not even made it past the Marta yard about 1 mile from Amtrak station.

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:23 AM

After several false starts train finally began moving consistently aat about 1:50AM near Lenox square.  Is now almost 6:00 late1!

 

Update: Cresent Train 20 which departed Atlanta on 1/23 is currently operating about 4hr 30min late due to an engine problem which has now been fixed outside of (ATL).

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:53 PM

For most days of Jan the Crescent is not meeting max speeds north of Atlanta.  Several days check showed them not exceeding 70 MPH and mostly not over 60 MPH.

 Tonight ATL -  GNS not even over 51 MPH and ended up over an hour late at GNS.  What is going on?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, February 21, 2019 12:44 PM

Amtrak 20/20 is now 13:53 late at Spartanburg.  NS gettting away with murder? 

 

UPDATE: Crescent Train 20 which departed New Orleans (NOL) on 2/20 is currently operating about 7 hr 10 min late due to weather-related delays, mechanical issues, and Norfolk Southern Freight Train interference along the route.

 

Not all of delay due to NS as a car on track delaying 19/20 as well. Appears NS let freight trains stack up behind the car causing # 20/20 no way to get around freights? However it will make 20/22 late out of NOL unless Amtrak can pull a rabbit out of the hat.

 

EDIT: 20 lost 6:35 between Greenville and Greer. 19/20 lost 2:01 at same location.

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:29 PM

Had to really not wanted to revive this thread.  However it is getting worse.  For Calendar year 2020 so  far arrivals of  #19 at NOL are average of 2:37 late .  That is with an average of gaining :25 minutes slidel - NOL.  (3:02 avg late sdl ).  Now 20 arrivals at  ATL 2:12 average late.  Crescent is loosing about 20 - 30 minutes each way ATL - CLT.  # 19 has had a fairly good arrival at CLT averaging just :15 minutes late.  

This is NS's worse route.  Even though there are more trains in Michigan and Indiana the total minutes delayed are more on the Crescent. 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:17 PM

Another bad day today.  Despite fewer delays nationwide the Crescent is still getting more delays south of CLT.. #19 over  5 hours late in Mississippi tonight. and #20 1+ hours late north of ATL.

For month of FEB 4:05 late at Slidel.  Note some what less late at NOL due to schedule padding.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:21 PM

Again  #20 tonight 3:12 late at Anniston.  Now it has been delayed just before Howell CP for already 1:30 .  No information if it is because of NS or more probably a CSX freight blocking the CP ?

EDIT:  Final delay 2:05 anniston - ATL

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, April 6, 2020 6:16 PM

Just to beat a dead hourse again.  19 and 20 Crescents are still taking most of their delays south of ATL.  For instance today both 19 and 20 lost over an hour each way betweel Tuscaloosa, Al  and Meridian, Ms.  NS just does not see to have enough infrastructure for freights and passenger trains south  of Atlanta.

This portioon of the route seems a good candiate for the proposed on time operation penalties.?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, July 4, 2020 8:21 PM

Here it is July 4th and nationwide only 19 is over 2 hours late again.  Been over 2 hours late after Anniston all the way to Hattiesburg

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Posted by oltmannd on Monday, July 6, 2020 5:17 PM

The Crescent has been uber reliable north of Atlanta since COVID. Almost never late a significant amount.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:20 AM

oltmannd

The Crescent has been uber reliable north of Atlanta since COVID. Almost never late a significant amount.

 

 
Plus it can gain at least 45 minutes against the schedule Gastonia -  Greensboro.
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 1:40 PM

My posts about Crescent's on time south of ATL should be moved to this subject line.

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 1:49 PM

Moving this to proper topic section.

What in the world is going on with the Cresecents NOL <> ATL?.  For the last 2 days they have been within less than 10 minutes late. Today 20  has left BHM on time anniston 6 late and 19 is approaching Slidel a couple minutes late. Still time to delay to NOL and ATL and will be checking.  CSX just waiting to delay 20 an hour or more at ATL CP Howell. 

This OTP is certainly not the usual Crescent's delays both ways have almost always taken 2 - 3 hour delays since Jan 1. 

 Monday Aug 8 was another good on time for the Crescent.  19/7 was only over 30 late into Slidell.  20/8 only 33 late at Tuscaloosa.  All else less than 30 minutes.  That is a welcome change to how NS has been delaying these trains south of ATL.

19/8 is running late south of ATL but was Amtrak's fault delaying it at WASH.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, August 11, 2022 11:17 PM

Cannot believe it #20 / 11 not over 8 minutes  late all way to ATL except 44 late at TCL.  Left ATL on time.   What has happened at NS dispatch?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, August 13, 2022 11:24 PM

Did not catch 19/13 but 20 / 13  no more than 25 late at TCL again all  other stations less .  Arrived ATL early.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, August 20, 2022 12:44 AM

Once  again the 1:30+ schedule padding between Laurel and BHM is allowing for some on time operations.  19/18th arrived NOL close to on time 20/ 19th arrived 10 early ATL after arriving TCL  44 late.  Unfortunately 20 now late at Gainesville 1:15 due to tresspasser.

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, August 21, 2022 10:07 AM

All these recent posts indicate you might have to start a new thread, or retitle this one to something like 'Amtrak now knifing through Atlanta' rather than getting stabbed there. Smile

EDIT -- well done!

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, August 22, 2022 1:16 AM

19 and 20 another good day south of ATL Aug 21st. Delays as usual somewhere between BHM - Laurel but arrivals NOL and ATL OK. 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, September 12, 2022 12:50 AM

this NS handling of the Crescent is getting rediculous.  20/11 sep  once again TCL seems apex of of delays.  arrived TCL 44 late left 43 late and arrived BHM 18 minutes early.  So that leg has at least 1:01 schedule slop.  Other times 19 and 20 loose time between TCL and BHM.  97 miles.

#20/11 arrived ATL 15 early.

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