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  1. And a few more here http://transitchat.com/photo.pl/page/1/md/read/id/2583 Here is a teaser - click the link above for the rest...
  2. Lots more can be seen here: http://transitchat.c...md/read/id/2570
  3. I put together this short video of the Holiday train from clips that I took in 2010 and 12/3/11 New York Holiday Train 2010-2011 - YouTube
  4. I am in the process of digitizing my old slides and came across some images that I took many years ago. IIRC Penn Central still operated the New Haven Line when these were taken Slides_097 by Jim Poulos, on Flickr Slides_100 by Jim Poulos, on Flickr Slides_099 by Jim Poulos, on Flickr Slides_098 by Jim Poulos, on Flickr
  5. The conductor was inside in the Standards but was placed outside on the later BMT D-Types. The R -1/9's were actually modeled after the D-type (minus the articulation) so they seemed to follow that pattern. The conductor could control the D-Types from inside the booth but that was only done if a single unit was operated, otherwise he stood between units, just like on the R-9s
  6. Page 132 of this BMT era rulebook explains the buttons on the console. http://bmt-lines.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/nyrt-airbrake.pdf Note that there was a separate button to close the center doors of the car the conductor was stationed at. He would simply close his doors last after making sure all the other doors had closed safely
  7. You are absolutely correct. We will never know how the privates would be today IF they were given the same subsidy that the city gave the MTA after the takeover AND the city went ahead with the purchase of new buses as they were obligated to do under the contracts. Of course the MTA does better - ANYONE would do better given DOUBLE the fare and double the subsidy - lets not forget the city refused to allow the privates to charge more than $1/$1.50
  8. Perhaps this might help - it is a map of the IRT as it existed in 1905. http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/caption.pl?/img/articles/souvenir-mapprofile.jpg
  9. Do bus drivers have their own liability insurance or are they covered by their employer? I would presume that Con Ed should only be going after the owner of the vehicle (in this case the MTA) just like they would do if a car hit their pole - after all the vehicle is the entity that is insured. This really does not make sense
  10. How about some really old Nostalgia - these are from the Manhattan Elevated before electrification: img217 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr img216 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr These pictures are from a small collection of IRT material I recently acquired and scanned. Here is a list and links for those interested: http://bmt-lines.com/2011/04/irt-historic-material-posted-on-scribd/
  11. First of all the IND was not a private company. It was a city agency from the very beginning. It was operated by the NYC Board of Transportation, which is the forerunner of today's MTA. The IRT (interborough Rapid Transit Company) and BMT(Brooklyn Manhattan Transit Corporation) were private companies. Essentially the subways were built by the city and leased to the private companies for operation. Certain sections, primarily elevated and open cut lines, were built and owned by the companies. The terms of the leases were rather complex. The history of the BMT can be seen here: http://bmt-lines.com/history/ The story of the IND is told quite well here: http://nycsubway.org/articles/historyindependentsubway.html In brief the original IRT subway that opened in 1904 was leased by paying rent to the city. The subways built as a result of the "Dual Contracts" of 1913 had different arrangements. It was quite a bit more complicated but the brief summary is that the city got nothing until after the companies met all operating costs and a "preferential" equal to their average profits before entering into contract with the city. After the companies' preferentials were met then the profits were to be split 50/50 with the city. The profits never reached the level where the city got any share, however the BMT was profitable at least until 1939. The IRT though declared bankruptcy in the early 1930's. Service levels and ridership were much higher than today but the fare was fixed at five cents. Unfortunately wages and other operating costs kept going up but the city would not let the companies raise the fare. Competition from the IND which the city opened in 1930 also put pressure on the companies. This is the short answer - the details can fill entire books.
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGZbgxBpZ5M
  13. DSC_1126 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr DSC_1116 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr DSC_1114 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr DSC_1061 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr More can be seen here
  14. DSC_0556 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr DSC_0530 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr DSC_0492 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr DSC_0536 by Jim P Photography, on Flickr More here http://bmt-lines.com/2010/11/holiday-train-rides-again/ And a short video clip Q_fw1vlLRAM
  15. The 30 day rule is that you have 30 days to register your car in New York IF you become a resident of NY. It does not necessarily apply to people who do not give up their primary residency in another state (i.e. a person working here on temporary assignment and living in hotels)
  16. 21 NYCRR 1050.9c is very clear that photography is legal. Are you saying that MTA workers have the right to arbitrarily supersede the law as written? If so the MTA is asking for a lawsuit.
  17. This is an organized campaign which started on Flickr and on this site to raise worldwide awareness of the harassment of photographers.
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