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  1. 16 points
    There's nothing you've said here that warrants being rude to you.... I was never bullied, but for some odd reason, I was the kid that the kid who was bullied latched on to.... Nobody I knew of in school was interested in public transit & I didn't make (any of) my hobbies public knowledge to anybody either (didn't care to, didn't try to fit in with anybody).... While everybody was off doing whatever it is they did, I was too busy analyzing maps & joyriding around the city.... I'll never forget the one time my mother yelled at me for some reason, and I stormed out of the house & took it upon myself to finally see just what the hell "Wakefield-241st" was.... I knew all the end terminals of every subway line, but since the was my quote-unquote home line, I finally took the chance to ride the thing to its end terminal.... Probably a stupid thing to do, but I did it anyway - I was around that age at the time (12/13) & this venture was dead in the middle of a blizzard (back when the subway system wasn't shut down, when a little something called snow started falling from the sky ).... This was also the first time I saw a Bee-Line bus (which made me want to learn more about Westchester county's bus system).... I wasn't even worried about getting jumped, mugged, or anything like that (this was during the early 90's, mind you)..... I started getting worried about the return trip home, and if the train were to break down or something along WPR (or anywhere along the elevated/"outside" portion of the )..... Ah, the good old redbirds Going on all these joyrides I guess, taught me how to learn to deal with people & to be observant as f*** when you're out & about.... But yeah man, whilst on the train amongst family, I would sit & announce the next stop (akin to how a c/r would... before the automated announcements sucked all the fun out of that... and yes, I made a few c/r's smile doing announcements too) & what not.... Although I never knew the contract numbers/R-designation of the rolling stock at that age, what I could tell you is what type of train ran on what subway line (I had my little way of describing distinguishable differences)..... Long story short, people need to stop ragging on others for taking up a hobby that isn't quite in line with their own.... Yeah, humans are said to be created equal, but something else a human being is, is diverse.... It would quite frankly suck IMO if EVERYBODY had the same interests, same thought processes, same beliefs, etc etc..
  2. 16 points
    The same guy that brought the B99 to our attention on here (that doesn't post all that much on here anymore), is now going to all of a sudden blatantly lie about the creation of 2 more routes of the type? I don't see it. What exactly's supposed to be the motive? Forum praise? Give me a break.... It's a wonder that we even have the MTA workers that post on this MF-er that still do, with ungrateful attitudes like that.... Don't try to pass your impatience off as someone on the inside concocting bullshit, because quite frankly, that's bullshit.....
  3. 15 points
    again & again it happens... the truth is that the personnel on this forum that willingly share ANY info/news are doing so out of the kindness of their hearts, and do so in the interest of progressive, positive dialog within this forum, in order to see places like this thrive... by the way, against repeated pleas from management in all branches, for employees to refrain from any forms of social media. the unwillingness of some to submit that employees more than likely know more than them pertaining to most subject matters and will thusly disregard/disrespect them is outta bounds. and when misinformation is spewed/spread, the culprit when corrected/chastised feels entitled in doing so.... "LeT mE rAnT/sPeAk mY MiNd". misinformation and a refusal to vet/validate statements helps no one. i would never speak for any other employee or Transit personnel, but i for one, a semi-proud, card-carrying, union member of TWU Local 100/TA Bus Operator for the past 11 years REFUSE to have anyone coming from a place of assumption or speculation chastise or critique anything i say, when, as sure as I'm born, I'm attempting to provide info from a place of knowledge in the interest of providing knowledge, wisdom or understanding to those who genuinely crave it. there are those who don't work for the system that have a wealth of knowledge, and validate their sources, and I would never discredit or disregard/disrespect those individuals... i praise them to the utmost. the ignorant pests/trolls/babies/children who probably were still swimming around in their daddy's nutsacks when myself and others were sacrificing nights/weekends/holidays/time with family/friends, won't get away with their blatant f**k'ry/fantasy threads. with that said, more times than not, people are tired and refuse to engage. i don't blame them.
  4. 13 points
    Alert! New route coming soon at night between the hours of Midnight to 5am similar to the B99. Introducing the M99! The M99 will go through the borough of Manhattan 42nd Street to Brooklyn New lots. The route is currently under test by managements and union officials at the respective depot that will provide the service. The Bx99 will be another nightly route to be released after the M99 Stay tune for more information.
  5. 12 points
  6. 12 points
    The bolded point x100.....this is why I tend to hold off on my information as well and let people figure it out themselves, and this is also a reason why Dante(East New York) left the forum.
  7. 11 points
    Creating a thread in which folks can create thoughts and ideas, but can't express criticism completely goes against the point of this thread in the first place.... Use this thread : Or this thread : If you don't want your ideas to be criticized, maybe this place isn't for you. You're gonna have to learn to take criticism to improve on ideas and whatnot. Denying any of that shows you cannot adopt to change. Thread #2 closed.
  8. 11 points
    What you're looking for are professional victims to film, to pad your resume..... As others have said, you are in the wrong place... It's a sausage fest over here. Kielbasa.
  9. 10 points
    A little off topic but still subway-related When I was younger, I used to get bullied because I really liked trains.I knew that it was a really stupid thing to bully someone over but these people did not care. It made me really sad that they could not understand the reason why I liked something so much. but it all changed one day. I was at the transit museum with my friend (i was 11 years old at the time) in the R42 car and I see these little kids,maybe around 3-5 years old. They were really enjoying the train and making announcements. So I showed them my best impression for an R42 announcements. They were dumbfounded and it brought me joy to realize that I shared the same interest as these young children. My friends mother met with their mother,who was standing outside of the train and talked with her for a little bit. She was impressed about the knowledge about the subway that me and my friend had and asked where we were from. We said that we were from Washington DC and were just visiting (true). The mother was dumbfounded. She was so surprised that despite being around 300 miles from home,we knew so much about the subway.That moment finally made me feel that trains really was the thing meant for me and that there was nothing wrong with that. I still think about those little kids and their mom to this day. This is very important to me, please don't be rude about it.
  10. 10 points
    Might want to work on punctuation, sentence structure, and facts there bud.
  11. 10 points
    Today on the Bx3: B/O: "Sir, I'm gonna need for you to enter thru the back" *man flashes bus operator badge* B/O: "Oh that's my bad, brother"
  12. 10 points
  13. 9 points
    I know, I was just pointing out the beautifully crafted "W"s on the sign. Talk about saving money! 🤣
  14. 9 points
    Grim stuff ahead. Even with federal funding coming in (not a guarantee with these scumbags in the White House), we're look at the MTA maintaining the operating budget only. That means we can wave goodbye to the whole Byford plan, and probably a number of important capital programs. That said, the model that some of the advocacy groups have been sharing as an example of 'what could happen' is so stupid that it's almost counterproductive. If dire service cuts were to occur, you'd see express service, extra rush hour service, and overnight service curtailed. You would not see the harebrained stuff on their posters, like entire trunk lines (1/2/3, 7) being abandoned while full service ran on other lines (4/5/6).
  15. 8 points
    Speaking of old trains perhaps you’re unfamiliar with the incident on the line years ago where the T/O pulled into Utica Avenue heading northbound ? Where the doors failed to open after he stopped. Because the rear four cars of the R46 consist, including the C/R, had uncoupled and were left back at Rockaway Avenue on the express tracks. That train was in passenger service which I know because my mom was on the section left behind. The investigation included a person who knew about a train that uncoupled at 145th and Lenox. That train was not in passenger service . It was a yard move and I know firsthand because I was on the end that got left behind. Be careful when you make these statements that sound definitive to others because some of us know better. Carry on.
  16. 8 points
    I’m glad to see that you and T to Dyre Avenue understand the manufacturing and the supply chain aspects of railcar construction. Judging by some previous postings it’s obvious that many people don’t have a clue about the process. Unless there’s an exclusive consortium set up for specific car type most final assemblers use whatever is on the market at the time. It boils down to price and (probably) timely availability for the final assemblers to fulfill the contract. Someone mentioned to me that the PATH cars are basically R142 units in another thread. One can look at the US auto industry and the same thing applies. Same thing in South Korea or Japan. I know that if Bombardier would leave the rail car business today Kawasaki, Alstom, a Chinese unknown company, or whomever took it’s place would still be limited to the same group of suppliers. The R211 will face the same limitations. Hopefully the next combination of parts fares better. The sky ain’t falling. Just my observation. Carry on.
  17. 8 points
    Well it’s been awhile, due to coronavirus, the subsequent layoff and sickness. But things are looking up for me. Starting August 6, Lakeland’s loss will be NJ Transit’s gain as I will begin training for my new job as a bus operator out of Wayne garage
  18. 8 points
    You've pretty much described how I learned the subway system albeit I did my exploration 30 years before you did. I already had my Lionel at home and then at 11 years old I got a bus and subway pass. Free rides on subways allowed me to explore every line in the system. I rode every bus line in Brooklyn and learned the differences between neighborhoods. My original home base in Brownsville gave me the opportunity to see the massive complex at Atlantic Avenue to Broadway Junction with the Canarsie line and the dual level LIRR station(s) below Atlantic. Moved to Flatbush/Lefferts Garden but still went to public and junior high school in East Flatbush/Rugby. Still riding with a free pass. Never got hassled by anyone wherever I went either. Brightliners, Electric buses on the B45, B47, B48, B65 among others, Fishbowls at ENY depot. Bergen St Electric bus barn. I never thought of it as a hobby but I remember my older relatives stressed that you try to learn something new every day. The day you stopped learning was the day you closed your eyes for the last time. I, too, subscribe to the " to each his own " way of thinking although lately it seems that some folks have taken the forum as a way of broadcasting their thoughts while denigrating others. I'm out here in Suffolk county now, retired and trying to avoid coronavirus so I try to get the big picture of transportation from my fellow posters and my fellow retirees. We've been looking (I post) at the forums for quite some time and my friends are aware of the observant people, the informative people, and the folks who "know it all ". The current climate in the agency discourages employees from discussing how things are done and my fellow retirees try not to cross the line with the current employees but we're in agreement that some posters are trying to pass themselves off as more knowledgeable than others to the detriment of the NYCTF as a whole. Sometimes it's better to sit back and observe. Just my thoughts. Carry on.
  19. 8 points
    Too many transitfans are treating this hobby like it's some sort of Tumblr fan-fiction. No, the train is not fine. Neither is the human who died in the fire, but sure, care more about the train. Yes, it can be really annoying to be constantly DMed or messaged in private about the upcoming bus orders from the year 2045. People have got to understand that buses and trains aren't some sort of cartoon or TV show. Most people who drive and operate them just want to work.
  20. 8 points
    @Cait Sith Not just ENY, I'm pretty sure it's why SG left as well (but that's neither here nor there I guess). Either way, I miss the wealth of knowledge and perspective certain people use to bring here. I think a lot of us older members do. @EastFlatbushLarry You're saying something that's needed to be said around this place for a while now. Thank you! Me personally, a real low point was several months ago in the thread about the train fire, where some people's first reaction was 'is the R142 going to be okay'. That was a prime case of what-the-fvckery right there. Made me feel like Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon (y'all know the line)...
  21. 8 points
    Yeah, hell's freezing over when Wallyhorse emphasizes an actual sane response.....
  22. 8 points
    ...and what percentage of that percentage is by one person. This post of yours needs to be recycled.
  23. 8 points
    Then Cuomo said, “Let us make MTA in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the Access-A-Ride of the road and over the buses of the avenues and over the bridges and over all NYC and over every creeping vehicle that creeps in the five boroughs.” So Cuomo created MTA in his own image, in the image of Cuomo he created them; and and he created them. And Cuomo blessed them. And Cuomo said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the els and the tunnels and subdue them, and have dominion over the Access-A-Ride of the road and over the buses of the avenues and over every vehicle that moves on in the five boroughs.” And Cuomo said, “Behold, I have given you every el and tunnel going to every nook and cranny that is in NYC, and every el and tunnel with rail on its trackbed. You shall roam them for life. And to every train of the subway and to every bus on the street and to every vehicle that creeps in the five boroughs, everything that has wheels, I have given insufficient funds for operation.” And it was so. And Cuomo saw everything that he had made, and behold, the painted trains were very nice. And there was COVID-19 and the money problems, and it was 2020.
  24. 8 points
    I’d love to find out what is in their organizational charts. Bet you a dollar it beats anything The Onion could put out!
  25. 8 points
    My comment was meant for Mr. Happy. Unless, you are Mr. Happy and this is a second account you made🤔🤔🤔. Funny thing is this account I'm replying to is a month old too.
  26. 8 points
    They did that during the pandemic and people couldn't comprehend that.
  27. 7 points
    This is my sentiment for pretty much anything made nowadays..... Apparently, Instant gratification (as in, immediate consumption) > Shelf life.
  28. 7 points
    Thank you. The same goes for discussions on transit expansions and operations. A lot of people act as if the transit system is their personal train set, and that the employees and managers in the system should operate as they want. R32s on the B, complaining about the Coney Island subway swap, asking for insider information on subway car swaps, the inside scoop on bus swaps, the bus redesign, and so on. I am not going to name names, but I know people on here who have left or reduced posting due to the reduction in quality of discussions on transit issues on things that are more important than railfanning, like operational fixes to increase capacity. NYCTF and other transit boards have continued to decline as people go to Twitter and Facebook where they can discuss issues with an audience broader than foamers, but also with subway riders and advocates who just want to get to work on time. A lot of people here claim to want to become transit planners or become the "next Andy Byford," but their comments do not suggest that. They get turned off by paragraphs-long discussions on actual ways to improve service, about discussions on the MTA's finances, and prefer to complain about a change in rolling stock assignments or propose asinine and unrealistic extensions to the subway system that do not contribute to any competent and insightful discussion. I get it, a lot of users here are railfans who are in high school and love the rolling stock. I do too, and I have grown past just foaming over R32s, and have learned more about transit operations, and other aspects of transportation planning. I love NYCTF for the discussions with knowledgable people in New York City Transit who have had first-hand knowledge about the operations of the system and who make poignant comments on the state of transit today, and with other passionate people on the forums who discuss issues with the subway and bus system and engage in thoughtful responses to my queries. These discussions have decreased in number since I came onto the forums, and it is very sad. As a result, I have been sending less time on here. I try to bring attention to information from the MTA Board books, the Capital Program dashboard, bus lane changes from the DOT website, and discuss proposals I have, or provide my two cents on an issue. Though I am something privy to inside information, those occasions are rare. There are ways to contribute without having to pretend to be an insider. For a lot of users on here, when you go railfanning, see whether trains are on schedule, think about why that is. Are platforms crowded, are there accessibility issues? Is your train stuck at a location for a long time? If you just want to post here to talk about your observations while railfanning or discus which cars are best, fine. However, realize that the transit system was not made for you. It was made to transport people across the city efficiently and affordably. Don't feel entitled to information which you don't have the right to get. Don't complain or interrupt when people are having substantive discussions on ways to improve the system. I could rant for longer, but I hope that many users her give this a read and think about it.
  29. 7 points
    Of course agree with all the above. Not for nothing, and getting off topic, but one day the whole city is gonna have to have a reckoning about what happened to Mr. Goble. That was one of the most horrific – but also the most heroic – events in recent memory and just about the whole public and news media ignored it because the covid business was just getting bad at that point. I don't know if it'll be the form of a movie, report, biopic whathaveyou but that's one of the most moving and ultimately tragic stories I can think of in years, and I have to think it's going to get revisited and taken seriously at some point. Somehow most of NYC just ignored it when it happened and the details never even made it out. Think those kids should get to know that their father was a hero, if you ask me. I understand he was never even given a proper funeral due to the covid situation.
  30. 7 points
    Lol, but obliged. I mean, imagine waking up after a small nap & reading a passive-aggressive accusation like that aimed at a respectable & reputable member... I've noticed that over the years with you & I don't blame you not a single, solitary bit.... It's very easy to have this happen as enthusiasts, but this has to be said... Folks have gotten WAY too comfortable in these transit enthusiast spaces (it's not limited to this forum either).... Not to beat up on one particular person, as this is very much a microcosm of a larger issue - when you're so used to getting inside information/detailed information that's not as easily attainable, perusing a space like this over the course of years, it's like there's this diminished appreciation or something.... Then when something doesn't quite pan out to your expectations, commence attacking the messenger.... The antsiness simply has to be curbed. IDC if it has to be parsed, the general message being laid out here in this entire post should be stickied, added as some sort of an addendum to the forum rules, something..... I have always been appreciative of anyone on the inside sharing info on a public space like this.... Hell, even guys like @BM5 via Woodhaven with the service updates & @Union Tpke with the PDF extractions, that post publicly obtained info on here.... As you stated, not only are employees not obligated to share info with us outsiders, but y'all are discouraged from doing so..... @Cait Sith brought up @East New York.... This should go without saying, but there's a saying that goes something to the effect of, you don't know what you got - until it is gone.
  31. 7 points
    And that's only made worse by the fact that our government is unwilling (ability is out of the question, seeing the many bailouts for the wealthy and corporations just in the middle of this pandemic, to say nothing of other crises) to make sure average people are taken care of...
  32. 7 points
    Hmm… how many times have we heard that before? Source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-mta-cuts-nyc-transit-feinberg-20200713-xxvzjppk7bb4vg2fhprt6j6aym-story.html
  33. 7 points
    Man ain't nobody going out of their way to go to some rinky dink green acres mall. Bus routes that go to a beach I'd agree, but GA mall? Nah.
  34. 7 points
    Why though.... There's already that Subway - What if thread, if you wanted to make a game out of this.... If the "what if" scenario is actually a reality, then coming up with a solution/suggestion still lies within the merits of that game. Very misleading thread title.....
  35. 7 points
    This, legit sounds like the game of golf - where each player is responsible for keeping their own scorecard & calling penalties on themselves..... An honor system, if you will. Let there be anything like that here in NYC.... They may as well do away with the metrocard, OMNY, paper transfers, and the whole damn farebox!
  36. 7 points
    You mean, like tenured retirees? Honestly now...... What in the absolute f..... This level of Disorganization is not only embarrassing, but scary.....
  37. 7 points
    R160s have made their run on the Rockaway Park Shuttle from Rockaway Blvd to Rockaway Park. Photo credit: Jie Wen Li
  38. 7 points
    Bx99 I hear will go from Houston Street to Woodlawn.
  39. 7 points
    May not have been due to these circumstances, but, well.... looks like those of you that wanted a separate overnight network are going to get it.
  40. 7 points
    You mean, the same up-to-date information that's displayed on their websites.... The same information that our very own @BM5 via Woodhaven's been stopping at almost nothing to relay on this forum? That information? Oh, the excitement I have for this - The same excitement I had when I saw those TeeVee's on the R160's; can't even get see an end (CNN) or faux news on those things Go somewhere with this fake ass transparency.....
  41. 7 points
    Not a chance that most folks taking buses to get to/from LGA will switch to this rendition of an AIRTrain.... Too significant a backtrack, among other things. - Technically? Sure..... As 1 > 0.... - Enough to justify its existence? Not even remotely. Far cheaper than erecting a people mover that'd dump people off between a baseball stadium & a string of tennis courts.... At least you get to walk on the Passerelle ped. bridge to either catch a Met game or a(nother) Federer/Nadal matchup R.I.P., your eardrums.
  42. 7 points
    To all: There were questions posed over the weekend asking how many R32's would be on the J/Z Monday morning. You may want to know how many for Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. What will be running for the AM rush is set up by the midnight dispatchers. They have no idea on how many R32's would be running till they set up their railroad. That goes for the Parsons terminal dispatcher and ENY Yard dispatcher. In the yard, he has to see how many cars he has available of all models. The fact of the matter is that there were 7 R32 sets on the J/Z this morning. Some sent out by ENYD, some were under control of the J line dispatcher who had his laid up at 111 and/or in the back of Jamaica Center. How many will be on the line Tuesday will be determined sometime after midnight tonight. The number on Wednesday will be known after midnight Wednesday and so on.
  43. 6 points
    Did you seriously wait for an R160? In a pandemic?
  44. 6 points
    Never seen this photo before, I've seen a photo of an M1 & R44 side by side but never facing off.... Found this photo on twitter.
  45. 6 points
    Do the State or the Port Authority even have the money to do this ridiculous AirTrain now? I mean with flights being grounded and tolls being way down when we locked down, I can’t see how they would be able to afford it now, not to mention placate NIMBYs whose houses overlook Flushing Bay. Yes, according to this qns.com article I stumbled upon today, there seem to be both environmental and aesthetic concerns over the proposed AirTrain guideway - https://qns.com/story/2019/06/06/the-format-was-not-workable-residents-blast-laguardia-airport-airtrains-public-workshop-in-east-elmhurst/ What’s amusing is how Cuomo insists that this AirTrain will get built quicker and won’t get tied up in court by NIMBYs like he thinks the extension would be. Yet here are block associations and environmental activists with concerns over the path of the AirTrain. Who’s to say they won’t take the Port and the State to court over them? Are most the same NIMBYs in Astoria who fought off the proposed extension to LGA 25 years ago even still there? I had a dream that I boarded a train with that same rollsign when I was 11. But it was a pre-GOH R40m or R42, blue stripes, old-school number plates, big storm door window and all.
  46. 6 points
    Lol at the accuracy of this picture.... Lol at the guy that's (lazily) crossed out.... LMFAO at the nuclear rod !! After reading this shit, I would expect this agency to blame a broken rollsign for undisciplined spending Cronyism.
  47. 6 points
    I strongly disagree. Starting at Houston means that the route can pick up riders all along Midtown and Upper Manhattan. By starting at Grand Central, you'll be making things harder for people commuting from 14th Street and NoHo, and a lot of those folks are the ones heading uptown as well, so it doesn't really make sense to leave them out, or to make them transfer to get to the Bx99. There's a reason the B99 goes up to Columbus Circle and not, say, Penn Station or Times Square. It spans the entirety of Midtown, reaching more people.
  48. 6 points
    Does anyone else think that Court Square station needs to be connected via the north end of the (7) platform and the middle of the (E) and (M) platform. I always found it quite ridiculous how you need to walk down that long mezzanine, pass the (G) train’s mezzanine just to connect to the Flushing and or Queens Blvd lines. Having a (7) train entrance at 44th Dr and a connection to the (E) and (M) would save so much time and I think it would be worth constructing. It would definitely be much easier to build than a connection between the Queensboro Plaza and Queens Plaza stations.
  49. 6 points
    THIS IS FOR EVERYBODY, NOT ONLY FOR MR. HAPPY. Don't celebrate just yet. The only reason why you saw R32's in weekend J service is because the superintendent wants old trains laid up at 111 overnight. Once the R42's were retired they had no choice but to lay up new techs overnight at 111, but now that R32's are back they can do it once again. The problem is the schedule calls for those lay ups at 111 to be used on weekends, hence the reason why 2 R32's were in weekend J service, till one of them had the Social Distancing Chains broken. Therefore the right thing to do (and hopefully that policy will be changed next weekend) is to make sure new techs are laid up at 111 on Friday night so only new techs can be in J service on weekends. Just because you saw R32's in daytime J service on Saturday (or Friday with Saturday schedule) does or does not mean R32's will run all day Monday. There is no way you can get an accurate answer now. R32's run IN ACCORDANCE TO THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE. Particular equipment is not planned in advance to run on a particular day (all day) unless a memo or bulletin is issued. The preferred equipment on the J/Z are new techs and R32's will be used only when necessary. From what I can gather, and fellas don't use the term "tomorrow" or "yesterday" or even "today" because the set up is in "hours ago" for new posts, It seems like the day on Friday (Saturday schedule) started with 2 R32's on the J. It looks like they had 1 R32 on the J on Saturday. Sunday, the day I'm posting this, remains to be seen. I'm sure somebody will be looking for one and let us know, even though this is not a time for rail fanning! The aim and purpose of the R32's being reactivated exclusively for J/Z service is to run them for 1 trip on the AM (rush) and 1 trip on the PM (rush) in Z service only. I have no doubt that management and supervision on the J line are working toward that goal.
  50. 6 points
    I remember breaking in on the line as a conductor. Two trips from Lenox to Flatbush where my trainer never stopped talking. When I told him that I had a bus/train pass since the 6th grade and had prior service as a RR Porter it became an extended chat about the system. Promotion to motors and my yard switching was done at Lenox. Back then it was a great family atmosphere and everyone was supportive. I was always a PM person but I knew everyone on the AM tour. When the time came for road motorman training I had known my trainer for a few years. He said 9 car stops. That's all he said. He said he did that by habit but he remembered that I was a Lenox C/R and all of us had that drummed into our heads. By the time I got to 96th St my trainer was in the middle of the car in conversation with "someone " extremely good looking. I went down to Flatbush and was headed n/b when I got to Eastern Parkway and gave his conductor a long buzz because of a train with a mechanical problem at Grand Army Plaza. Conductors didn't have radios back then so I made the appropriate announcements. My trainer came up to me and told me that I did great work and returned to another lovely customer. When we got back to Lenox I thanked the trainer and he, his conductor and I laughed about that day for years. When I trained my people on the I was a hands on type and school car would send them to me even though I was a PM person. When I broke in all training was done on the AM tour. Late in my career many people wouldn't take students for the reason you pointed out. I had a student T/O overrun the gap fillers at Union Square and it became an argument between school car and the RCC with me caught in the middle. School car and I won the argument that time because the Desk Supt. and the IRT General Supt backed us up. If I didn't know the "right " people I'd probably been written up or worse. It got so bad that some students who were assigned to AM tour jobs would still be waiting for a trainer at 2PM. I actually trained 2 students one day. Times have changed since I was in RTO and I wonder how students are trained today. My experience. Carry on.
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