09.February, North Adams MA – PAR track crews are working into Winter to raise sustained track speeds along the PAS Patriot Corridor. For the first time in years, the current timetable bulletin DOES NOT include the Hoosac Tunnel, authorizing trains to run through the storied bore at the 25 mph timetable maximum. Slow orders also continue to be eliminated on surface track on both sides of the tunnel.
In Apr.2020, a PAR review identified ~90 miles of slow-ordered track (>40 mi of 25 mph segments, and ~50 mi of 10 mph), out of 156 miles Patriot Corridor total. Currently, ~53 miles are under slow orders.
Surfacing and gauging work between Freight Main Line MP464 (Schagticoke NY) – MP 331 (Fitchburg MA) has eliminated long segments of 10 mph track, raising speeds to 25 mph, and even 40 mph in some locations. Only ~13 miles (MP451 – CPF464) of that stretch remains slow-ordered to 10 mph (as well as another 11 miles further west CPF370 – CPF381). Many of the remaining slow stretches are subject to switch, interchange, terrain, and crossing-related limitations.
Segments specified on the current bulletin as restricted to 25 mph or less are:
- Track No. 2 between CPF-333 and 334
- Track No. 2 between East Gardner (mile 342) and CPF-354
- Single Track between CPF-363 and 370
- Single Track between MP 423 and 429
- Single and No. 2 Track between MP-444 and 451