Delays pre-announced for some commuter-rail lines tomorrow

The MBTA reports that commuters on the Worcester, Fitchburg and Haverhill lines should expect delays tomorrow morning due to storm damage.

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Once upon a time, railroad signal systems

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included backup batteries so the signals could continue operating even when commercial power failed.

Another good idea that was apparently abandoned in the quest to reduce maintenance costs.

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Most of the alerts I've received

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over the past couple of days have mentioned both downed trees and power outages. Both would affect the movement of trains, but given Sunday's good weather, the majority of the downed trees should have been cleared away before this morning's rush hour.

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A lot of signal lines went

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A lot of signal lines went down as well from the trees. (Not lines carrying power, but carrying the status of signals and switches back to the dispatchers so they know where the trains are etc.) The MBTA website also explains that delays on one of the lines were due to the backed up freight trains that were unable to travel during the storm and aftermath. Seeing as much of the commuter rail travels on CSX right of way, they have to concede some of the schedule to the CSX traffic that got delayed.

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