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#21 Thirdrail7

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 10:13 PM

Metropark is the worst in the system. It is so bad, during the Acela's test, the techs asked Amtrak to skip Metropark because the super elevation knocks the doors out of whack.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:14 AM

Metropark is the worst in the system. It is so bad, during the Acela's test, the techs asked Amtrak to skip Metropark because the super elevation knocks the doors out of whack.

Woah. How does that even happen?


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:15 PM

As previously stated, the station was built after the trains were running. The doors on the Acela would have trouble seating and would open back up due to the super elevation. It was the first station to receive Acela markers.  You had to spot the power car next to the marker or the doors wouldn't close.  If it was a bad incident, it would actually affect the motors on the doors and the door would actually get stuck in the open position. In other cases, it would knock the door system off line and the doors would not train line.

 

None of this has to do with Mystic, though.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:48 PM

It's funny all over Germany they have H signs in stations or H Signs with a distance to the main h sign. These haltestelle are where all trains are expected to stop. So I'm guessing that is what MetroPark has. The Germans also have consist diagrams on platforms to let you know where to stand on the platform based on where each car would stop.
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 05:38 PM

Certain stations have a marker for Acela's. It's an "E" either hanging from the ceiling or posted where the Power Car should be spotted. I believe that Baltimore has them, Philadelphia has them on tracks 3,4,5, and 6, Metropark has one on track 1, New York Penn has a couple of them randomly placed, New London has them placed in two different locations with the reason being if the first class car location, Providence has them, and Route 128 is the last station that has them. 


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:09 PM

You're almost qualified. You left out Wilmington. ;)   With the exception of Metropark and New York, the E signs are merely for spotting the train to expedite loading.  They typically line up with end doors.  They were placed in tandem with the original seat assignment program.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 07:15 PM

You're almost qualified. You left out Wilmington. ;)   With the exception of Metropark and New York, the E signs are merely for spotting the train to expedite loading.  They typically line up with end doors.  They were placed in tandem with the original seat assignment program.

I'll have to bop him upside his head for leaving out WIL.  Or just call him Dude.  :giggle:



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 09:29 PM

You're almost qualified. You left out Wilmington. ;)   With the exception of Metropark and New York, the E signs are merely for spotting the train to expedite loading.  They typically line up with end doors.  They were placed in tandem with the original seat assignment program.

 

I should have known that one too. 


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 04:04 AM

Eh, it’s in Delawhere. Everyone forgets that place exists. :)
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 04:53 AM

Eh, it’s in Delawhere. Everyone forgets that place exists. :)


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:38 AM

 

Eh, it’s in Delawhere. Everyone forgets that place exists. :)

 

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:55 AM


 

Eh, its in Delawhere. Everyone forgets that place exists. :)


 
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:57 AM

 

 

 

Eh, its in Delawhere. Everyone forgets that place exists. :)


 
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Sort of like Rhode Island, when you're riding on a Acela you'll miss it if you blink!

 

But at least with Rhode Island, you'll be sad if you do!


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 09:16 AM

 

 

 

Eh, its in Delawhere. Everyone forgets that place exists. :)


 
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Sort of like Rhode Island, when you're riding on a Acela you'll miss it if you blink!
 
But at least with Rhode Island, you'll be sad if you do!
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 02:55 PM

All sorts of terrific things to look at in Delaware--can't see them from the train, but they are there--from huge historic houses to Jamie Wyeth's fantastically realistic Portrait of a Pig in the Brandywine River Museum :). (The rumor is that he fed it Oreos to keep it happy and content while being painted. :))

 

Of course, compared to my state (NJ), anything else looks pretty good! :P



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Posted 13 July 2018 - 03:10 PM

All sorts of terrific things to look at in Delaware--can't see them from the train, but they are there--from huge historic houses to Jamie Wyeth's fantastically realistic Portrait of a Pig in the Brandywine River Museum :). (The rumor is that he fed it Oreos to keep it happy and content while being painted. :))
 
Of course, compared to my state (NJ), anything else looks pretty good! :P

There you go, putting DE in PA. The Brandywine Museum is in Chadds Ford, PA. ;)

Delaware gets no respect despite being the First State.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 03:43 PM

All sorts of terrific things to look at in Delaware--can't see them from the train, but they are there--from huge historic houses to Jamie Wyeth's fantastically realistic Portrait of a Pig in the Brandywine River Museum :). (The rumor is that he fed it Oreos to keep it happy and content while being painted. :)
 
Of course, compared to my state (NJ), anything else looks pretty good! t:P


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:04 PM

The Brandywine Museum is my favorite. The pig is my wife’s favorite painting at the museum.

There is a nice restaurant there too.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:32 PM

The Brandywine Museum is my favorite.

It's a great place - the pride of Delaware! I'm telling you, the Brandywine Museum knocks everything else in Delaware out of the park!


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:43 PM

The Brandywine Museum is my favorite.

It's a great place - the pride of Delaware! I'm telling you, the Brandywine Museum knocks everything else in Delaware out of the park!
Exactly where in Delaware is this museum?




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