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itsjrd1964
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Trinity Railway Express

Postby itsjrd1964 » 01 Sep 2018 09:32

The TRE is risking a government shutdown apparently, due to lack of updated equipment for "positive train control".

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transpo ... 9-shutdown

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Re: Trinity Railway Express

Postby Tnexster » 01 Sep 2018 14:41

itsjrd1964 wrote:The TRE is risking a government shutdown apparently, due to lack of updated equipment for "positive train control".

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transpo ... 9-shutdown


Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which shares TRE ownership with Fort Worth's Trinity Metro, will ask the federal government to extend its Dec. 31 implementation deadline to 2020. DART has started talks for a shuttle service in case the Federal Railroad Administration declines the extension.


Sounds like they are making progress and the training should be done early in 2018 so why the extension to 2020?

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Re: Trinity Railway Express

Postby northsouth » 01 Sep 2018 17:28

Because otherwise there would be a gap in service between the start of the year and whenever they got it finished because they wouldn't have authorization to operate without PTC fully operational. Plus, this covers any delays that may occur.

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Re: Trinity Railway Express

Postby northsouth » 08 Aug 2019 19:48

The TRE seems to be having a lot of train cancellations due to "mechanical issues" recently. That is to say, they're running short on operable locomotives. While driving by their yard last week, I noticed one of the two F59PHIs (the streamlined engines) sitting off on the siding with the last RDC, so they're probably running without any spares, such that any issue that sidelines a locomotive means train cancellations.

Also on that track I noticed the two former Metrolink locomotives they leased earlier this year to alleviate/prevent this issue. Why aren't they in operation? Why get them unless you're going to use them. I know they're planning on buying an additional two engines, but these aren't them.


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