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ALAIN DELASSUS

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #75 on: April 05, 2019, 11:49:10 AM »
AMTP TRACKWORKS STORY  1966 -2019 Part 5

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The trackworks undertaken and funded by the Conseil Général du Département du Loiret, the owner of the ROW, are over. A test train ran on March 26th. Conseil Général du Loiret ,Colas Rail Co and SYSTRA Co representatives were on board as well as the AMTP officers and track manager. SYSTRA Co is specialised in railroad engineering and trackworks supervision. This company was mandated by the Conseil Général du Loiret to make an audit of the track before the works start then choose the contractor and oversee the works. Actually the AMTP did not have a say in the works carrying out in so far as the ROW does not belong to the association.
When the test train was back to Pithiviers Station, Conseil Général représentatives and AMTP officers were not satisfied, to put it midly. Sad to say but despite  changing  2400 ties and  supplying 551 short tons of fresh ballast the track looks like both a winding road and a rollercoaster. A few spots even feature some dangerous cross fall. Of course every representative has promised the AMTP that they'll see to fix up what is wrong. But apart from the most dangerous places that will be hopefully do up in the few next weeks, I'm afraid that the track won't be properly lined and tamped before the start of the operating season at Easter.
 I'll keep you posted.

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #76 on: April 05, 2019, 03:00:55 PM »
... But apart from the most dangerous places that will be hopefully do up in the few next weeks, I'm afraid that the track won't be properly lined and tamped before the start of the operating season at Easter. ...
Alain,
What a shame.   :-\
Hopefully the track can be repaired enough to run at restricted speed until further repairs can be completed.
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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #77 on: April 06, 2019, 02:31:45 PM »
Bill, Restricted speed , for sure.The riders of the test train were sat in an open car. AMTP open cars are more steady than the closed ones that come from a three-footer streetcar. They are a bit wider, higher and more heavy than the open cars and have a tendency to sway quite a lot on their trucks when the track is not properly lined.

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« Reply #78 on: April 06, 2019, 07:59:52 PM »
Hello Alain --

This report is no surprise to me. When I was railroading, I quickly learned that track contractors will do the work as quick and dirty as they can and then head for home. After my first bad experience, I always had an inspector on the job as long as the contractor was working. I also wrote specifications for the work into the contract, so that there was no question of how the job was to be done. While it sometimes cost a bit more, I was then certain that the work would be done correctly!

So sorry the work was not up to standards.

Cheers -- Wayne

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« Reply #79 on: April 08, 2019, 12:59:15 PM »
Hello Wayne. Your right, track contractors that had carried out trackworks for the AMTP over the past years had always more or less botched the work. This time the AMTP was not even allowed to put its two cents in on the works although it is the user of the line  and liable for the rider safety. SYSTRA was in charge. Fortunately Colas Rail the contractor already came back to Pithiviers to  repair the worsen parts . Last weekend the AMTP checked out steam locomotive 062 #10 cuppled with an open car and the engineer told me that even at 16 mph, the permitted maximum speed, the engine was fairly steady. I think we'll be definetly aware of the after works track conditions at the end of the Easter long weekend and the run of several heavy trains with closed cars in the consist.

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #80 on: April 08, 2019, 02:12:13 PM »
Alain,

Sounds like things are improving just in time for your Easter opening.  Good news all around.

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Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« Reply #81 on: April 08, 2019, 11:25:42 PM »
Bill
Comforting piece of news indeed. I'm going to Pithiviers at Easter, I'll keep you posted.