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hamradioguy

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  1. hamradioguy

    2016 Holiday Nostalgia Train...

    ok, thanks for the info.
  2. Thanks that makes sense.
  3. Same here, I have all kinds of weird hobbies too. I wouldn't steal a bus though, in fact, part of my job is catching thieves!
  4. I'm guessing the batteries also supply the motors during the short duration there's no power from the third rail, or is it just momentum carrying the train through?
  5. hamradioguy

    2016 Holiday Nostalgia Train...

    I can't see the picture, but I've seen videos of it, looks like a unique ride. are these some of the oldest cars that are still used in service?
  6. hamradioguy

    Railroad/transit locks and keys

    Ok good info guys, thanks! I understand being leary, I recently found some videos of some idiots calling themselves the subway conquestors, who were throwing stuff on the third rail, messing with trains, etc, and thought "what fools!" I just read about Darius, good grief, what HASN'T he stolen and driven around? I feel kind of sorry for the guy, and hope that he can get some help. I can also see why connecting up the "gladhand" hoses like on a freight train would be hard on a subway style trainset, I bet the system they use is a lot safer than the standard AAR setup too, as it doesn't require workers between the cars where they can be crushed. Thanks again for the info, I have a feeling I'll learn some things here!
  7. I hope this is ok to post, I thoroughly read the rules page and saw nothing forbidding it, so here goes. First off, I am not asking to buy/trade anything, I'm just enquiring for my own curiosity. I was wondering what kinds of keys a typical subway motorman or conductor would carry, and if you have pics of them? I collect railroad locks and keys, primarily from midwest railroads, but sometimes find other items in my antique shop/ flea market trips. I was recently watching the newer version of "The Taking of Pelham 123" and saw them use a "cutting key" to separate cars. From what I can tell, this looks like a small wrench. How do subway couplings differ from most other North American rail knuckle couplers? I was also wondering what the cab keys look like, from what I can tell, it's a skeleton key style. As far as what I have in my own collection, I have a Frisco railroad switch lock and key (the key was my grandfather's), caboose keys, a Pullman coach key, and a brass reverser handle of the style used on most diesel locomotives. Anyone else here collect this type of stuff? I'm mainly interested in pics, so I can keep an eye out on my travels to antique shops and swap meets.
  8. hamradioguy

    Hello from the Midwest!

    Hello all, I've loved anything railroad since I was a kid, my grandfather was a special agent for the Frisco Railroad based here in Springfield Missouri, and although I never got the chance to meet him, I have his old switch lock key and his badge. (And a love of trains.) I am an electronics tech at a local second hand store, where I fix donated electronics, as well as building maintenance, etc. I'm also a Skywarn storm spotter and amateur (ham) radio operator. I figured I'd join as I've read quite a bit about the New York City transit system, but have yet had the chance to visit. After watching various movies involving NYC subways, The Taking of Pelham 123, (1970's version and newer version), Money Train (lol) etc, I realized how little I actually knew about the system, and figured this would be the place to learn. Thanks for having me aboard! ~Will

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