Posted 06 July 2018 - 02:29 PM
OK, I'm confused...
Looking at the train status menu for arrival at DEN from CHI I can only get info back to June 30.
But the schedule shows July info available out to July 10, of course with no actual info available past today.
Why would Amtrak not retain past status info instead of showing dates a week ahead, with no info available?
Anyway, looks like the arrival at DEN from CHI is where the problem lies.
Over the last 6 days, the DEN arrival has been within .5 hour of scheduled 3 times.
The other 3 days it was 2.5 to 3.5 hours late.
Hard to make up time going over the Continental Divide.
Actually, looks like there's no attempt to get back on schedule.
What happens to crew shifts when a 15 hour leg runs so much longer?
What are the safety rules applying?
Do they always bring fresh engineers on in DEN?
How long are the standard shifts?
At this point my issue is not so much a late arrival in SLC as sitting in Union Station for 2 or 3 hours at 8 AM.
Do they send out delay notices to customers?
Sorry, but I really am a newbie here.
1. Operating crew, conductors and engineers responsible for the safe operation of the train, work between set points. I don't know the exact points on the CZ, but my guess is it is Denver-Grand Junction, and Grand Junction-SLC. By LAW the operating crew can be on duty no more than 12 hours. If the crew exceeds 12 hours, the train stops right where it is, as it is illegal for the crew to remain in service. That is known as being "dead-on-the-law". A replacement crew is sent by van in those circumstances. Dispatchers work closely with train crews and know the service time limits of the crew, as the dispatcher does not want a train that is dead on the law plugging up his railroad. If the train is late into a crew change station, the on duty time for the new crew is often pushed back so the new crew won't die on the law. The crew change points are set so the timing between those stations is well under 12 hours. By union agreement, if a run is scheduled for less than 6 hours, only one engineer is required in the cab. Anything over 6 hours requires two qualified engineers in the cab.
2. The number of safety rules on railroads are huge. Most western RRs adhere to GCOR (General Code of Operating Rules). All those rules are in force regardless of whether or not a train is late. That includes speed restrictions. Engineers are forbidden to exceed speed restrictions regardless of the circumstances. Engineers can be and are terminated for exceeding speed restrictions. BTW, generally the top speed allowed is 79 mph, that is by FRA regulation that designates absolute top speed based on track conditions and signaling method. Places where trains are allowed to go faster have things like automated train stop systems and/or cab signalling.
"Making up time" is not done by speeding, the train is probably going the same speed regardless of whether or not it is late when allowed to go track speed. "Making up time" is really just consuming the schedule padding, technically called "recovery time" that is built into the schedule. For short distance train, there is recovery time at the terminal stations. For long distance trains, major intermediate stations have padding as well as the terminals.
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