Transport Fever – Series 6 (Ultimate Series) – NYC to Montreal – Episode 2

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Tom Meyer · May 31, 2019 at 2:55 am

Trying to run the Amtrak tracks correctly into Manhattan (your map named Manhattan "New York") is probably not possible, just not enough room. There are two stations there: Pennsylvania and Grand Central. Penn is for Amtrak and the Long Island RR, and Grand Central is for Metro North commuter lines, at least in large part if not in whole. Penn is the Acela services, running the BOWASH trains, plus connections to LIRR. GC is low-speed, high-capacity local services with the odd regional service connecting downtown Manhattan with southern Connecticut, mostly. Your NYC to Montreal line is the Amtrak Adirondack service, NYC – Albany – Montreal, following the Hudson River valley. Your maps shows Manhattan being defined by three waterways: Hudson R to the west, East R to the south, and the Harlem R connecting those. (East R and Harlem R are actually straights, not rivers). The Hudson is by far the largest of those, and the Harlem is barely noticable, it happens. None of us think of Manhattan being an island, although I suppose it is. Amtrak to Vermont follows the Connecticut R, and the service is called The Vermonter, and doesn't cross into Canada

Tom Meyer · May 31, 2019 at 2:55 am

right of way: goods vs passenger. As I understand it, it's a question of who owns the tracks. Passenger rail is relatively rare in the US compared to, well, everywhere else. So, Amtrak rents the rails from the freight lines except for the BOWASH (Boston-Washington) corridor. There, where Amtrak runs the Acela services, I've never seen any freight. Elsewhere, it's low-speed track on timber ties, whereas Acela runs on high-speed concrete ties.

Tom Meyer · May 31, 2019 at 2:55 am

Just a heads-up: Amtrak north out of Hartford (the station is dead in the center of town) strikes out on the west bank of the Connecticut River and makes a 90-degree turn to the East to cross over and then another 90-degree back to the north to get to Springfield. Those turns might be too tight for the space available at this scale. could be tricky. Also, our tracks for local routes follow contours and are thus pretty curvy. The towns are too close together to really get up a lick of speed, most of the time, except for the Acela routes. Those tend/have to be quite straight so they hug the coasts.

JC1028 · May 31, 2019 at 2:55 am

On Queens RR's you didn't use the bus stops built into the train stations with the roundabouts. Purposeful?

David White · May 31, 2019 at 2:55 am

Gr8 vid Slim, a shame it`s not more to scale.

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