Local Freight Where It Shouldn't Be: How Peddlers and Passenger Trains Mix on America's Fastest Railroad

This article examines how Amtrak accommodates freight trains on the 457-mile Boston-Washington Northeast Corridor, which share the same track. Some 22 local freights serve customers on the Corridor, primarily between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when fewer passenger trains run. Yet it is a complicated dance the speedy passenger trains must play with the slower freights. A deadly collision between a 125-mile per hour Amtrak train and Conrail diesels meant more restrictions on freight speeds, operating hours and cab-signal requirements. The article describes which trains runs on the Corridor, what they are carrying, and how they are scheduled. In 2006 some 13.8 million freight-car-miles were run on the Corridor, and payments to Amtrak from NS, CSX, P&W, and Conrail for use of the Corridor spine added up to $16 million.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 53-61
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  • Accession Number: 01052154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2007 1:11AM