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  1. Why were timers ever placed on the Manhattan bd / exp tracks heading into Borough Hall?
  2. I like how relaxed the LIRR is when it comes to engineers not having to wear uniform. I've seen engineers dressed as if they could be in a biker gang at the controls. Compared to other railroads where it seems like a polo tee and blue jeans is the most relaxed fit engineers can wear. Not a sarcastic comment btw, one of the handful of reasons that has gained my interest in the LIRR lately.
  3. I mean, we have to pay for LIRR employees massive O/T somehow.
  4. Engineers approach these stations at reduced speeds?
  5. Does this webpage, cover word for word the real-life definitions of signal indications found on the LIRR? If not, where can I find word for word signal definitions? For those who have taken the test, are you expected to know each rule number as well as indication names? How often do engineers forget an indication they're running up on, even if it's for a couple seconds or so?
  6. Whatever happened to the LIRR engineer that overran the block at Atlantic Terminal ?
  7. First three timers out of Franklin n/b on the Eastern Pkwy exp tracks now have the countdown feature.
  8. I'm probably late on this but I just noticed R142 1205 has LED headlights
  9. So you guys are allowed to go straight to full throttle from a standing still on any locomotive hauling passenger cars? I always assumed you had to ease your way up to prevent in-train forces (like freights). Also are you guys allowed to use dynamic braking in passenger service?
  10. wow where have you been? Browsing railroad forums, many of the retired engineers shared their "stretch-braking" stories. Seems to be a popular technique many of them used to keep the slack from running in. Not sure how popular this method is nowadays since the railroads or big on fuel consumption. Maybe @INDman can enlighten us on that.
  11. *bump* because I've been wondering about this for years now.
  12. The 142s/142As seem to have the most solid sounding horns in the system. Perfect tone to it and rarely do they sound off.
  13. How old are some of the youngest LIRR engineers ?
  14. Not to mention he was already two minutes behind schedule with a train crawling directly behind it at Franklin.

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