Jump to content

Help Support AmtrakTrains.com by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.


Speeding Right Now!

  • Please log in to reply
28 replies to this topic

#21 KnightRail


    OBS Chief

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 315 posts

Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:04 AM


#22 Hal


    OBS Chief

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 443 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:08 AM

It's not the speed per se, it's the condition of the track in conjunction with the speed.  I've gone through some interlockings on the NEC where I've been amazed at how rough it was (several years ago)
Also, last year, we hit some track going from NYP to the south where we seemed to hit a harmonic frequency where the trucks would hunt one way and then the other.  It was very rough.  Then a little farther down the line we hit track that was as smooth as glass.

Another possibility is that the coach had excess motion causing the coach to shake. On the Amfleets the bellows might not be inflated properly. On an Acela the dampers could be maladjusted. It happens. We know the train was not speeding but I wouldn't discount that there was some kind of issue. What if there are flat spots? The OP while on the train should have contacted a crew member rather then post here. The problem causing a rough ride can often be corrected en route or possibly the speed should be reduced from track speed if a coach has too much lateral motion or such.

Edited by Hal, 12 August 2017 - 09:19 AM.

#23 AmtrakBlue



  • Gathering Team Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,584 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Delaware

Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:32 AM

BTW, the OP is a male per his profile

#24 jis



  • Gathering Team Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 20,190 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Space Coast, Florida, Area code 3-2-1
  • Interests:Trains, Planes and Travel

Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:55 AM

I think Hal has hit the nail on the head. I have experienced some spectacularly horrible ride quality both on Amfleet and Acela where the ride on an adjacent car was fine. This is likely the case here.

#25 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan


  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 16,299 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Austin Texas
  • Interests:Passenger Trains/Travel/Sports/Gov't/ Politics/History/Reading/
    Movies/Music/Space-Ancient Aliens

Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:06 AM

I think Hal has hit the nail on the head. I have experienced some spectacularly horrible ride quality both on Amfleet and Acela where the ride on an adjacent car was fine. This is likely the case here.

"There's Something About a Train! It's Magic!"-- 1970s Amtrak Ad
 "..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay

#26 Thirdrail7



  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,231 posts

Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:33 AM

BTW, the OP is a male per his profile


She is definitely a woman. She was exactly what I was referring to when I made this post in the Aggressive Amtrak Conductor at Penn Station




I could not find any actual video. All I see are third hand reports. Where is the video? The link only showed a subway platform.




There isn't a video. The entire report was based upon a tweet and a complaint. It was not unlike the tweet about a regional train traveling at...what was it again? Oh yes....breakneck speed.




I'm not sure how she found this board, but the last time she harassed the train crew, wanted to pull the emergency brake and sent tweets to Wick Moorman (even though he hadn't officially taken over yet), Amtrak NEC, Amtrak and for some reason, Operation Lifesaver.. She demanded the conductor (who was actually the flag) slow the train down and tweeted that she wants to get there in one piece. Most people tweeted that an early Amtrak would be a good thing in their book. She then tweeted that the conductor wouldn't slow the train down and wanted her ticket.   The interview with the crew was one of the funniest I can ever recall (particularly the engineer crew, since they had no idea that this saga was occurring.)  The engineer was not amused though and took to twitter. Eventually, she removed all of those tweets but I believe he retained screen shots since he was contemplating some sort of legal action before she removed them. I don't know if that is feasible but it is nice to know she's still out there...armed with twitter and knowledge of track speeds...because she rides all of the time. :wacko:

They say laughter is the best medicine. Obviously they never posted on AU.

#27 SarahZ



  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,093 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Interests:Reading, writing, baking, local history, urban exploration, music, dancing, and looking for new adventures

Posted 12 August 2017 - 12:16 PM

Oh my god. It got better. :D

Amtrak Miles: 39,318


Amtrak Routes: Blue Water, California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Carl Sandburg, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder, Hiawatha, Illinois Zephyr, Lincoln Service, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle, Wolverine


Metropolitan Rail: Chicago Metra, Chicago L, Dallas TRE, Detroit People Mover, New Orleans RTA, San Francisco MUNI, Seattle Monorail, South Shore Line (NICTD), Toronto Subway & RT, Washington DC Metro

#28 LookingGlassTie


    Lead Service Attendant

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 236 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Portsmouth, VA

Posted 12 August 2017 - 03:49 PM

It's amazing what the Internet can do for obtaining background info......


At any rate, I took a trip to Baltimore recently and I had forgotten that the Regionals switch from the diesel-electric locomotives to the all-electric ones (I think) during their stops at WAS.   It was nice to have the train SPEED along between there and BAL.     :)

"And you know that notion just crossed my mind............"

#29 the_traveler



  • Global Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 24,278 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Whatever siding I'm sitting on!
  • Interests:Looking at GPS to find out where I am at!

Posted 12 August 2017 - 06:00 PM

Please let's all try to remain civil here. Thank you.
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users