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Catenary Replacement Plan Leads to 150 Miles of Success

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Regional (commuter) Rail system was inherited from the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroads and the infrastructure in many sections of the system has been serving the Philadelphia area for more than 100 years. Fifteen years ago, overhead catenary system (OCS) failures were a common occurrence on SEPTA Regional Rail, a result of fatigue cracks and wear. The all too common OCS failures were frustrating for SEPTA customers who occasionally found it difficult to depend on train service for their travels and for SEPTA, whose crews were constantly working to repair and maintain the system.

Tackling Rail Maintenance 'Blitz'-Style to Minimize 'Down' Time

Maintenance and construction projects can present quite the conundrum for transportation organizations with rail operations: shut down a major portion or entire line in one shot to get the work done while offering substitute service for riders? Work overnights and weekends for long stretches of time? One solution to the maintenance/construction puzzle is the “blitz” — a balancing act between productivity and customer inconvenience.

NFTA’s aging rail creates hurdles for riders

Problems such as increased wait times for trains due to single track use, stemming from deteriorating conditions, caused a nearly 25% drop in ridership last year for the 30-year-old system.

Amtrak upgrades Seattle maintenance facility

Completed phase one and two of the process, which included creating an enclosed structure over two tracks and a new three-story maintenance warehouse and administrative office that replaced functions formerly performed in trailers.

Wisconsin terminates Talgo maintenance contract

In a letter, a state lawyer said the costs of testing the trains are rising and that they do not meet federal accessibility standards for the disabled. A spokesperson for Talgo Inc. denied both points and warned the cancellation could lead to legal action.