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East bound Capitol Limited (30/10) running late due to downed tree

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Today's eastbound Capital Limited (Train 30) was delayed somewhere east of Connellsville Pennsylania due to a downed tree. The delay was about 2 hours as it left Pittsburgh 59 minutes late and left Connellsville 3 hours and 3 minutes late. Information confirmed by friends who are on that train.

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If the train left Connellsville 3 hours late, the downed tree had to be west of Connellsville and east of Pittsburgh. #30 runs Chicago to Washington.

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I was on that train. After the downed tree delay, we had another where the conductor did not have enough time to make Washington so we waited for/picked up crew in Rockville I believe. Missed connection and was switched to a later regional back to NY.

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Isn't this topic more fitting for "Amtrak Rail Discussion?"

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Isn't this topic more fitting for "Amtrak Rail Discussion?"

That's a good question. Yesterday morning I was trying to find the most appropriate place for the topic and I probably would have put it there however since this is a trip I decided to file it under a trip report. However you are correct in my opinion and I was considering filing it under Amtrak rail discussion as well.

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I was on that train. After the downed tree delay, we had another where the conductor did not have enough time to make Washington so we waited for/picked up crew in Rockville I believe. Missed connection and was switched to a later regional back to NY.

Thanks for the information. I did notice that train was running about 4 hours behind near Rockville. When it reached Washington I was between 3 and a half and 3 hours 45 minutes late.

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There is quite a bit of padding built into those last legs...

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Dispatch for the host RR makes the call. Probably depends on the size of the tree and how is fell (is it possible to push to the side or is it wedged between a couple of trees).

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If it splinters and a wedge causes a derail there would be hell to pay. What would you tell someone who got hurt? Pretty unlikely that a passenger train will even try.

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Is the train in the video in post #8 a freight train, or a passenger train?

I suspect the size and type of tree (soft or hard wood) factors too.

Edited by KmH

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I have been on a train that was delayed because it hit a tree, so if a train continues despite a tree on the tracks, it has the potential to cause damage and an equal or greater delay than if the tree was to be cleared from the tracks before the train moved. However, this is unlikely if the tree is small, while in other cases there might not be sufficient stopping distance. It is really something that needs to be determined on a case by case basis as there are many factors involved.

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So a fallen tree delays a "train"............Okkkkkkkkkkk.

 

 

So a fallen branch derails a "train".................Okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

 

 

 

FYI, there's a lot more liability involved in passenger service than freight. It may be a normal thing in Canada, but I highly doubt VIA Rail would condone the practice.

Edited by Triley

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