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June 29, 2011
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There will be no MARC Train Service on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Penn Line passengers should note that Amtrak trains will not honor MARC weekly or monthly tickets on July 4. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Following up on a previous On Your MARC story, CSX is in the final stages of installing the new interlocking (location where trains can change tracks) between Garrett Park and Rockville - specifically, adjacent to the Twinbrook Metrorail Station (pictured). It will be in service by the end of August. In addition, preliminary site preparation is underway further west near Dickerson for the upgrade and improvement to an existing interlocking. These projects will improve operational flexibility on the Brunswick Line.
Many passengers have asked why CSX issues heat restriction orders. The photo here shows what heat can do to railroad tracks. Sun kinks can happen quickly and with little notice. The reduced speeds that CSX imposes in high heat conditions are for your safety and give locomotive engineers the ability to stop trains short of track defects. Another question we receive, is why doesn’t Amtrak impose heat-related speed restrictions? Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor is a heavily-engineered, high speed railroad and not prone to sun kinks. There is also much more frequent, high speed service, which discourages sun kinks from forming. In addition, the Camden and Brunswick Lines have many more curves than the Penn Line does, limiting engineers’ ability to see track defects. It is important to note that this does not mean that CSX tracks are unsafe - CSX maintains its tracks in compliance with all Federal Railroad Administration regulations.
MARC Train staff would like to congratulate several Amtrak and CSX employees who have recently retired. While they did not spend their entire careers in MARC service, we thank them for their service to commuters of Maryland and wish them all the best: Amtrak conductor Donald “Duck” Staples, Trains 409, 408, 439, and 442, 38 years of service; CSX Engineer Ronnie George, Camden Line trains 845, 844, and 852, 41 years of service; CSX Conductor Melvin Liggins, Camden Line trains 845, 844, and 852, 41 years of service; and CSX Conductor David “Ditty” McGowens, Camden Line trains 843, 842, 853, 850, 39 years of service.
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