Metro north and Amtrak

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Priority-One

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Do MNRR and Amtrak communicate via radio?
I take the train a lot from Manhattan and we always pass the Acela train and it flies by us within inches on the next track.
Do they ever communicate or know that another train is coming at high speed?


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Yes they communicate via radio. The proper channels are listed in the rr database. Unless there's a problem, trains don't really talk to each other. I have ridden from NYP to Washington equipped with my radio and outside of inbound NJT trains getting radio checks from PSCC or CTEC-9 there isn't much chatter.
 

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Do MNRR and Amtrak communicate via radio?
I take the train a lot from Manhattan and we always pass the Acela train and it flies by us within inches on the next track.
Do they ever communicate or know that another train is coming at high speed?


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Not usually why would they need to know,. Thats what the Dispatcher is for
 

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Metro North uses signals most of time except for work crews or other problems on the tracks. The radios are busy enough with out any extranious transmissions such as 2 trains passing one another. Speed limits are set for a section of track so each train knows how fast they may go.

To add to this we do have a single base station available to the RTC for direct contact on Amtrak's frequency.
 

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Hello,

It can be alittle unnerving to suddenly have a high-speed train pass by since you do not know it is going to occur. The engineer sees the track ahead and there should be clearance between the two tracks, so no problem.

As mentioned the radio is used for work crews, various trackside detectors, and to communicate changes to the train crew. Trains are mandated to implement a Positive Train Control (PTC) system. AMTRAK uses ACSES, which handles many of the communications between the train and the office. Metro North is implementing the same system for PTC.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Civil_Speed_Enforcement_System

73 Eric
 
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