Posts Tagged ‘Long Island Railroad’

Posner Pushing Pop Up Rail Passenger Service

October 4, 2021

Rail entrepreneur Henry Posner is seeking to provide battery-powered multiple unit cars that could provide rail passenger service without the need for extensive capital investment.

Posner has called the concept Pop Up Metro and said its purpose is to lease passenger equipment to operators looking to provide service to smaller communities.

One likely user of the service would be a transit agency seeking to provide service to less-populated areas for less cost.

He said the Pop Up Metro business model includes “the train, the platform, the temporal separation operating rules, and various other elements of support that will make it easier to get people from maybe to yes in terms of there being a demonstration operation.”

says Posner.

Posner said the equipment would ideal to provide service on a lightly-used branch line or short line railroad where passenger trains could run during the day while freight service is provided at night.

The co-founder of Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corporation, which owns Iowa Interstate Railroad along with operations in England, France, Germany, Belgium, and Peru, Posner recently demonstrated the equipment at the Rockhill Trolley Museum in Pennsylvania using two remanufactured Vivarail 230 multiple unit power cars Great Britain.

One of RDC’s companies, RDC Deutschland, earlier this year signed contracts to operate five routes in north Germany that will use new Stadler battery-electric trainsets that are similar to those used in the Pennsylvania demonstration.

The equipment to be used in the Pop Up Metro plan can be transported by truck, making it easy to transfer from one route to another.

Posner said a Maine developer is interested in the concept as are the Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit.

 “We think this fulfills an important role in the transit sector,” Posner said.

NTSB Wants Screening for Sleep Disorders

February 16, 2018

The National Transportation Safety Board wants the Federal Railroad Administration to require railroads to medically screen “safety-sensitive” employees for sleep disorders.

The recommendation came in a special investigation report about two end-of-track collisions at commuter train stations in New Jersey and New York.

In a separate report, the NTSB said last week that both accidents, which involved commuter railroads in the New York City area, were caused by engineer fatigue resulting from undiagnosed and untreated obstructive sleep apnea.

In both accidents trains struck end-of-track bumping posts and continued into the waiting rooms of the stations.

In a news release, the MTSB said both incidents had “almost identical” probable causes and safety issues.

The NTSB also called for the use of technology such as positive train control in terminal stations and improving the effectiveness of system safety program plans to improve terminal operations.

The New Jersey accident, which occurred on Sept. 29, 2016, and involved a New Jersey Transit train in Hoboken, killed one person and injured 110.

The other accident involved the Long Island Rail Road and occurred on Jan. 4, 2017, at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, New York. That incident injured 108.

Circus Train Makes Last Trips

June 2, 2017

The circus trains of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus are no more.

The show came to an end on May 22, 2017, after 146 years in operation with the final performance being staged at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, New York.

The next day the 60-car Red Train operated for the last time. It was assembled in the afternoon at Garden City, Long Island, on the Long Island Rail Road’s Mitchell Field Secondary.

That night it moved to Harold interlocking in Long Island City, Queens, for interchange with Amtrak.

Subsequently, the train was moved from Harold, under the East River, through New York Penn Station and the Hudson River tunnels via Secaucus Junction to its final destination of Conrail’s Oak Island Yard.

At Oak Island, 40 passenger cars that previously had been sold to new owners were removed from the consist.  The new owners will have 30 days to remove the Ringling Bros. symbols and re-stencil them.

The remainder of the train, mostly of flat cars, left Oak Island before dawn on May 24 and moved over CSX to set-off points at Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida. Cars now sold are expected to be scrapped.

A similar process played out earlier in May with the blue train, which gave its last performances in New England.