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  1. Cigs smell gross. Pot smells like a bouquet of beautiful flowers. :cool:
  2. Just playing devil's advocate here, but isn't a lot of the highly processed food plenty of people (myself included some days) ingest just as bad as occasional drug usage? Someone might not touch any illicit substances or booze but if they're trotting around at 400lbs and munching on a quarter-pounder meal in public, it's certainly not healthy. Cigarettes IMO are the worst - plus the poll is closed, but I don't think there is any reason for marijuana to be illegal - treat it like alcohol.
  3. A shame, they were fun to explore and one bored afternoon last year I tried to start making a LIRR route for Railworks but I must admit I still have a bit (quite a bit) to learn and the overall process though fun seems hugely time consuming. Also using an English class DMU in place of of an M3/M7 would be a bit immersion-breaking, haha.
  4. Still, these photos get my excited. I can't wait to take my first LIRR trip into GCT, even if GCT perhaps isn't totally ready for the new traffic IMO. I haven't had an excuse to go to delicious Eat A Pita there since 2010. :eek:
  5. my thoughts exactly. would make for a sweet poster.
  6. Haha... so does this mean even WALL STREET is getting outsourced? Hot damn.
  7. Ah, I stand corrected then. I thought the M9s were still additional only. Sad... the M3s have plenty of potential life left in them. Oh well, as with any railroad plans, everything can change with the flow of money.
  8. On occasion, I think that comfort and nice view are totally worth it - although I agree at the cost of being not the most practical method of transit. I just like being out on the water vs. a rolling sardine in a tube sometimes.
  9. Most of these aren't physically with me right now since a majority of my childhood stuff remains at my mother's house, but... Not with me: Sega Genesis (first system - got it in '91 with the first Sonic bundled) Game Gear Sega Saturn (note: this would unfortunately be the end of my Sega days as I became madly jealous of the games coming out for the PSX. The Saturn was a solid, underrated system but just didn't have the titles I wanted. So we continue...) PSX N64 (Between the PSX and N64 and not having a life in the late 90s, I think I kind of "OD'd" on console games. It was like a day and night addiction, so for a while there I took a break.) My brother at this point was old enough to get a system for Christmas, and he got both a Gamecube and Xbox in the early 2000s. Luckily all that time I shared my Genesis with him 10 years earlier would come back in my favor. I got back into gaming properly when the 360 came out. My brother and I split the cost and actually got it on the first day (only time I've ever done that) and it's been a slippery slope back down since then, haha. I'm lucky to have a girl that enjoys video games as well. I remember breaking up with this girl in 2006 because she was mean, but ALSO because she was cutting into my Oblivion time a little too much. We can't have that now... B) Ah, anyway... my brother and I live in different cities now so we struck a deal where he'd take the 360 and I'd keep his PSP (since he had two..?) since I had owed him money anyway. So right now, all I have is a PSP and do my gaming on a mediocre PC. =/ 800x600 resolution on Mass Effect 2, anyone? If I were to get a system at the moment, I'd probably go with the PS3 for something different... maybe after that tax return comes back.
  10. Well, hopefully Amtrak's $50 million planning process can be somewhat expedited by the fact that NJT did a good portion of the work already. All the same costly engineering obstacles exist, and whomever politicians are on board for this right now... hopefully the next batch of suits don't change their mind and we have this project mimic ARC's fate. At least it's clear the higher-ups know something needs to be done.
  11. We're all in luck. I have drafted plans for a handheld meter that will track down any M3 currently in service on the LIRR. The gauge will rise and clicking/bee-boop noises will sound as the consist enters a one mile radius. Enough with waiting at certain stations or testing your luck at certain times of day. With this, there are no worries. As a delightful fluke, it also picks up Jersey Arrows for whatever reason.
  12. At this time, I don't believe the LIRR plans to replace any series of cars, although this doesn't mean an unfortunate set of M3s might end up burning out and being taken to the boneyard every now and then. IIRC, word was that the next batch of cars weren't going to be replacing anything, but rather just adding trains when the East Side Access is complete, but that's nothing but hearsay at this time. It will be interesting to see how the M7s hold up in the coming years. I especially hate the ones with the damn squeaky trucks. Gives the impression that they're complete crap. :tdown:
  13. The LIRR began receiving their fleet of M1s only a few years before Metro North began getting the M1As. ('68 and '71 respectively) Although the LIRR had high platforms at major stations, logically we'd assume Metro North would have their electric territory entirely high platform by the time the M1As were roaming the central division, and then the New Haven would follow suit by '72 when the M2s began service. Also keep in mind the LIRR's third rail didn't extend past Mineola until an extension to Huntington in 1971 and then Ronkonkoma in 1987. Even then, the LIRR maintained low-level platforms at certain stations until they absolutely had to convert at the end of the 90s when the new C3 coaches replaced a pool of archaic equipment in diesel territory. Also, the LIRR hasn't merely been around as long as the subway existed, it seriously predates it. They were celebrating their 75th anniversary in 1910! Gotta at least give em' credit for their longevity. Hmm, so Keystone thinks a "Penn Station" effect causes stations in LIRR/NJT territory to look older, but you contend they were built as modern park n' rides in the 50s... Well, I think there is some truth to this, although the stations themselves mostly predate their "modern" enhancements. http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/lirrmapexpansion.htm I'm unsure if you're referring to the placing of track and stations themselves, or just "improvements." But just for reference, the system we know today was pretty much all there in 1898 - when the automobile was little more than a thought. Grade elimination projects, platform heightening, and in some cases just plain neglect for the historic structures (note that preserving historic architecture didn't seem like much more than an afterthought mid-century, until the actual "Penn Station effect") led to a lot of stations that seem quite dull and redundant. Conversely, there's also a lot of historic station houses still standing though. As for the sidenote, I think there's quite enough different about the LIRR vs. Metro North to keep them both as separate railroads at this time. I think they should always been separate at least in name alone, as the LIRR has indeed operated under that name for over 175 years. Otherwise, just below the surface the two roads have different third rails, different signaling, (at least in regard to the LIRR still having PRR position signals) and the New Haven line with it's whole DC/AC operating equipment pool. Hell, the M7 and M7A even have different seating arrangements. I think the key to their differences and what's central to the whole discussion is in their history, though. The LIRR seemed to be kind of the redheaded stepchild (no idea where that phrase comes from, but it works haha) of the PRR from 1904 until the state takeover, while the NYC was going strong up until the bitter end. Apparently the NYC was liberal with spending on improvements during that time while the PRR was reluctant to spend such capital on the LIRR when they discovered it wasn't making them any money. Also we must remember the Metro North is also a younger railroad, and was able to start from fresh in '83 from the ashes of Conrail's short lived time running passengers. They got to start from scratch more or less, while the LIRR was experiencing the quagmire of being a branch of the PRR that could've been run better to a branch of the MTA that could've (and should be) run better. Evidently from it's inception, Metro North more or less got lucky as far as the people who ran it, and they put a lot more effort into their repair facilities, station rehab, and it doesn't take a trained eye to figure out which railroad puts their cars through a wash more often.
  14. True that it is cheaper, although you don't get the potential number of trains nor at the close intervals in which they arrive at Jamaica. A few years ago, I used to work at a place where I could see the main line between Mineola and Carle Place perfectly out the windows, and I did notice lots of M3s in 07/08, but like we all agree, they don't stick to any one line or branch. Sometimes I get a feeling that there's less out there now than then, but I have nothing to back this up. Still, if you don't mind the fare west from Jamaica, it is simply where the most trains pass through with the most frequency.
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