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VentureForth
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Re: The New Mexico Railrunner
 
« Reply #20 on: Feb 14th, 2007, 3:29pm »
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on Feb 12th, 2007, 5:00am, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)
They are still quoting a 2008 date, which is absolutely impossible, even if they started construction right now.
Totally Agree.
on Feb 12th, 2007, 5:00am, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)
It appears that the tie in point to the existing BNSF main will be about a mile east of I-25 and then back into the line into Santa Fe inself just north of I-25 there.
The hookup point in Santa Fe is on the tourist line, the Santa Fe Southern.  Have no idea if that track is in good enough shape for daily commuter operations.  I think the SFS only goes about 20 MPH on their whole route.
 
I thought that the State bought up all of the SFS ROW for this project and they're only going to use 4 miles of it?


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George_Harris
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Re: The New Mexico Railrunner
 
« Reply #21 on: Feb 14th, 2007, 11:39pm »
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From what i have read, whatever part of the SFS they use, they will upgrade the tracks.  From the look of the map, the alignment is so curvey that in the part they plan to use near Santa Fe the speed will probably never be abovue something like 30 to 35 mph, anyway.  
 
Did the state buy the SFS with this deal, or did they alerady own it?  I had the impression that theright of way and track on this line was already state owned and SFS operated under a lease..
 
I hope that they build the new line roadbed and drainage structures for two tracks throughout at the beginning.  If this thing takes off in ridership, they will eventually want to add a second track, at least in parts.  
 
Don't know what the grades are on I-25 in this area or what they intend to use as a maximum grade on the new line.  Passenger only, 3.0% is no real problem to run, but still, the flatter the better.  A railroad line should always be as near straight and level as you can make it, regardless of what you intend to run on it.
 
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George_Harris
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Re: The New Mexico Railrunner
 
« Reply #22 on: Aug 9th, 2007, 5:43pm »
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Decieded to take a look at what is going on in Albuquerque.  It appears that the action is full steam ahead to Santa Fe.  The target seems to still be December 2008.  Found the following:
 
now on their web site:  
Albuquerque to Santa Fe Commuter Rail Project  
Overview and Status of Project Elements
Revised July 5, 2007
 
In it:
 
Quote:
In order to meet the schedule start up goal of December 2008, there are many concurrent activities that are underway that are similar to the activities undertaken for Phase I.  The service exytension to Santa Fe will require the acquisition of rolling stock.  To address this issue, 12 more cars were ordered in November of 2006 as part of an option on the original procurement from Bombardier.  New Mexico retained 5 locmotive options as part of the original procurement with Motive Power, and four of these options were exercised in Marck of 2007.  The schedules associated with these two orders calls for the delivery of vehicles throughout the 2008 calendar year.  
 
Given the rise in the price of steel and the long procurement periods associated with track acquisition, an RFP was released by the MRCOG in February of 2007 for rail and ties sufficient to supply all Phase II track construction.  Awards were made to LB Foster Inc. for 7,200 tons of rail and Rocla Concrete Tie Inc. for approximately 79,000 ties required for Phase II Construction.
 
The NMDOT and the MRCOG investigated several different project development strategies for design and construction of Phase II.l  A decision was made in late February of 2007 to pursue a Design Build contract for the portion of the new line between Waldo and the Junction with the Santa Fe Southern.  This process is underway, and an award is anticipated at the end of August 2007.  The portion of the Santa Fe Southern line between I-25 and Downtown Santa Fe is currently being designed and will be reconstructed using a traditional design-bid-build method.  Construction is expected to begin on both segments in the Fall of 2007.
 
The NMDOT and the MRCOG are also completing work on an Environmental Assessment (EA) which will be released soon, followed by a public hearing on the document.  Concurrent with this process, the NMDOT has been working with the Federal Highway Administration to complete the appropriate documentation for the use of the I-25 median right of way.
 
 
Also, the web site said that the Environmental Assessment has been officially released for public review and a public hearing on it has been scheduled for August 21, 2007 at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe.
 
Seems like they have found the pipeline to money.  New engines, new cars.  What do they have that Nashville does not?  Seems that they had to go for used everything.


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George_Harris
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Re: The New Mexico Railrunner
 
« Reply #23 on: Oct 26th, 2007, 4:24pm »
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Public Meeting notice for the Santa Fe extension:  
 
"Join us in Santa Fe on October 30th for a very interactive public meeting. Updated project information will be presented, and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.
 
The agenda and schedule for the meeting are as follows:
 
Session #1: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm,  Session #2: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  
 
Topics discussed at each session:
• Train Noise and Safety
• Traffic
• Natural Environment
• Future Station Selection  
 
For more information about the meeting and project  
• Chris Blewett, MRCOG, 809 Copper Ave., NW, Albuquerque, NM 87103, (505) 247-1750;  
• Tim Harris, NMDOT, 1120 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87504, (505) 827-0412."
 
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And the work continues at the equivalent of light-speed for a public works project:  
 
currently on their web:   Quote:
. . . Design Build contract for the portion of the line between Waldo and the junction with the Santa Fe Southern.  The process concluded in August 2007 with a contract award to Twin Mountain Construction and Herzog Contracting as a joint venture.  HNTB is on the team as the designer.  Construction commenced on the section in late September 2007 and is expected to be substantially complete at the end of November 2008.  The portion of the Santa Fe Southern Line between I-25 and Downtown Santa Fe is currently being deisgned. . . .  Award for this contract is expected in December with constrction commencing in January and sybstantial completion to occur at the end of November 2008.

 
Wow.  They might actually make their target.  Unbelievable!
 
 


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George_Harris
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Re: The New Mexico Railrunner
 
« Reply #24 on: Jan 29th, 2008, 6:44pm »
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This should probably be titled, No one could make up this sort of stuff.  
 
Some parts of the Railrunner extension to Santa Fe are being delayed by the need to relocate Prarie Dog colonies!
 
http://nmgrip.com/upload/images/PDF/PR_Prarie%20Dogs.pdf
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Construction of the new rail line near the former Pumice Plant at Zia Road and St. Francis Drive will gbe delayed until the colony of prarie dogs at this site is relocated.  the Department will coordinate the relocation efforts with the Forest Guardians and the People for Native Ecosystems.

When did these critters become an endangered species?  Or is this simply a don't squash the wildlife?


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Charlie_O
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« Reply #25 on: Feb 22nd, 2008, 12:05am »
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Caught a few pix of the Railrunner at Belen and Los Lunas today...
Belen...


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Some days, the most interesting person you meet is a river with a train running beside it.
Charlie_O
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« Reply #26 on: Feb 22nd, 2008, 12:07am »
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Cabcar leading thru Los Lunas...

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Charlie_O
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« Reply #27 on: Feb 22nd, 2008, 12:08am »
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MP36PH-3C, #101...

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George_Harris
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Re: The New Mexico Railrunner
 
« Reply #28 on: Sep 30th, 2008, 5:56pm »
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The Railrunner still talks as if they will be open to Santa Fe in November.  As I said earlier, that is doing the work at light speed compared to the normal for these things.  Just this month they brought a RailRunner train set into Santa Fe.
 
The following appeared on September 13, 2008:
www.krqe.com/Global/story.asp?S=9004437
and on September 29:
www.krqe.com/Global/story.asp?s=9090538
 
Excerpts:
From Sept 13th: Quote:
SANTA FE (KRQE) - The New Mexico Rail Runner Expressed rolled into Santa Fe Saturday afternoon.
 
The trip for the commuter train is part of the weekend's grand opening celebration at the Santa Fe Rail Yard Park and Plaza.  
 
The train traveled from Albuquerque to Santa Fe via the old Santa Fe southern line through Lamy.

 
From Set 29th: Quote:
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Twice a week the Rail Runner commuter train heads north from Bernalillo to Santa Fe to prepare for train service that will connect Belen to the city different.
. . . . .
 
Rail Runner officials say the service to Santa Fe should start in early December.


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ClydeDET
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Re: The New Mexico Railrunner
 
« Reply #29 on: Sep 30th, 2008, 9:40pm »
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If the cars are set up the same way the ones on TRE are, there is a TERRIFIC seat in the cab car. When leading, on the left side, view through the end wndow, almost as good as a cab ride. When trailing, you can pretend to be an oozelfinch...

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George_Harris
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Re: The New Mexico Railrunner
 
« Reply #30 on: Oct 14th, 2008, 4:13pm »
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Slideshow on the Santa Fe extension
 
http://nmgrip.com/upload/images/Presentation%208-12-08.pdf
 
The last 10 slides are of construction progress.  Looks like a mid-December opening is the current plan.  This job has truly moved at light-speed in comparison with the normal public works type project.  
 
Looks like for the track they must have simply said, use BNSF main line standard.


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ClydeDET
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Re: The New Mexico Railrunner
 
« Reply #31 on: Oct 15th, 2008, 5:02pm »
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Interesting. May have to make time for some riding during a trip west. We've been wanting to go to the Grand Canyon and Albuquerque could be on the way...

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« Reply #32 on: Oct 18th, 2016, 10:35pm »
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Been a while since someone from The Forums paid a visit to Rail Runner territory. Hard to believe they have been open for 10 years now. Here we have NMRX #106, a MP36PH-3C ready to leave Albuquerque, NM pulling train #517 southbound to Belen, NM on a comfortable October evening. 10/5/16 @ 1900Hrs.
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