Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A first...as far as we know.....

We just checked the Other Side in basket to see if there’s anything newsworthy at the moment.
We found this rather unusual notification:

*Due to high heat today, Pan Am has placed a heat related speed restriction on the Downeaster line from MA/NH state line to Portland, ME. Max speed 40mph for this evening*

Along with this continuing ‘advice:’
Work Zone for the tie replacement project:
Area of Dover Station to area of Exeter Station

Wednesday, May 27:

Train 680
  • On time out of Portland
  • 10 - 15 minutes late into Wells
  • 60 - 65 minutes late into Exeter
  • 80- 85 minutes late into Boston
Trains  682,684, 686, 688 - Cancelled

Train 687
  • On time out of Boston
  • 25 - 30 minutes late into Exeter
  • 55 - 60 minutes late into Wells
  • 75 - 80 minutes late into Portland
Trains 681, 683, 685, 689 - Cancelled

*Note* All delay times are approximate and based on speed restrictions currently placed on the rail line and do not include unforeseen occurrences such as train interference, signal issues, or other unplanned events.  Please continue to check Train Status for exact arrival and departure information on your day of travel.

So…we have the Northern New England Passenger Rail Service, otherwise known as the Downeaster, managed by a state agency of Maine, proving that the service and it’s schedule are not only terribly vulnerable to the rigors of winter, but are also sensitive to temperatures in the 80’s and above.
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Please Ma’am, can we have several more round trips per day?  And kindly send notices to officials in Waterville, Rockland, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston/Auburn, and elsewhere as to what they can expect when they ask that hundreds of millions of Moppem, Soppem, and Foppem be spent to bring such advanced mass transit capability to their desperate communities.

We hope they’re planning on means to warm the track beds in winter, and cool them the rest of the year, so that local true believers can enjoy the historically proven benefits of passenger rail.

Oh the pride we all feel.  All Aboard Brunswick!  Hop on the miracle of economic stimulus!  The rest of us will have to get by with the reduction in vehicle traffic on the interstates, and the massive reduction in carbon footprint.

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