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brakethrow

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  1. Another good trip with a train op who really knew those timers between Franklin and Atlantic. Kept the train at a good 25-35 mph throughout most of that section compared to many who seems to run at a dreadful 20 and below.. Kept it wrapped up after clearing that little speed restriction out of Brooklyn Bridge. Pounded through those switches just before 14th St with a light brake just after and didn't apply more brake until he hit the platform. I'll admit I've become borderline obsessed with this run.
  2. Interesting, I always assumed the horns still remained functional. But I think the most you'd get is a "ummm sir, you're not allowed to touch the controls" or something a bit more stern if you're bold enough to actually sit in the cab whilst doing so (not encouraging anyone here lol).
  3. Most of us would be lying if we said we never felt tempted to blow the horn when crossing between cars on the M7+ fleets. MetroNorth seems real lax when it comes to leaving the cab doors open throughout the train.
  4. Definitely glad for the return of a one seat ride from Lexington to Flatbush.
  5. What's with so many of these odd speed limits throughout the system? 31 mph, 26, etc..
  6. Did Metro-North ever have wayside signaling at one point? Besides the few at interlockings.
  7. Must be beyond boring for London Tube "drivers" once they're underground. The tunnels are so small and claustrophobic. The trains themselves are very small.
  8. Unreliable ass bus service ass you already know (just venting). The amount of times I've seen three B25s come and go before a B12 while waiting at Alabama during rush hour is ridiculous. 20+ min wait times at that stop during rush hour was the norm. What is it that makes the B12 literally the most unreliable bus service in the city?
  9. Is the MTA now a little lenient with their workers calling out sick? I'd think they wouldn't want to take any risk but knowing some of the stories I wouldn't be surprised if that isn't the case.
  10. The commentary was so cringey. I hardly ever ride the so thankfully I don't have to deal with it.
  11. I'm probably late on this but what's with the extra enthusiastic automatic announcements on the ? "This is 40th St, I don't want to say it's my favorite street but its definitely top 40!"
  12. I have to start riding in the last car to see how severe it is ripping through Astor Pl on the express tracks n/b. Sometimes you can see the "I'm tired and just want to get home" look on some of the t/o's faces..slight slouch with their heads tilted to the side.. Slightly off topic but I noticed the 142As are a little more stable and quieter when going through curves at speed compared to the 142s.
  13. Plenty t/o's were wrapping it up out of Nevins as if there wasn't a speed restriction prior to the change anyway.
  14. You get the worst of it when bypassing ENY. That slight curve along with the rapid change in grade and the trucks start hollering like a pig. There has been a handful of times in which I've witnessed a reaction out of some passengers because of it. First time riding the M9s last week and was a little disappointed to hear some slight squealing. I'm guessing they'll be sounding just as bad as the M7s some years from now. ----------------------------------------------------------- Still beats me how engineers can remember every one of those signal indications. I remember talking with an engineer over the summer and he said he'd be lying if there wasn't a time he'd forgotten an indication for a quick sec as he was on the road. One of the things that really separates American railroads from railways outside the country - the complexity of our signals. In the UK it's literally pretty much the same as traffic lights with the exception of a double yellow. Also are you guys trained to brake with the lightest air just before coming to a complete stop or does the train do that itself? *Edit* I thought this was the LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread. Sorry for the bump lol.
  15. Why were timers ever placed on the Manhattan bd / exp tracks heading into Borough Hall?
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