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  1. I've known them to go to NY Penn and Hell Gate.
  2. To my knowledge, the wreck crew is strictly internal (maybe there are exceptions). The are considered the best of the best. On occasion they have responded to incidents beyond Metro North's territory.
  3. Not to go off topic, but it's interesting that the Breakneck Ridge improvements aren't slated for another year plus. This was supposed to start January of 2018. For those that frequent the area, PLEASE, don't walk on, along or across the tracks! This past weekend we encountered a few people walking along the tracks in the tunnel. When a train comes along, the outcome usually favors the train. I can guarantee you, the train will not swerve to avoid you. IF you're lucky, the train will stop in time, if you're lucky.
  4. As with any ancient technology, availability of parts and costs to maintain.
  5. These were on borrowed time when they had a survey of three different options done two or three years ago. Next will be the track side departure boards.
  6. Your ignorance is excused, but seriously.... Once the emergency brakes are applied, it's a wrap. There is no going back to service brakes. The emergency brake is the same as the dead man integrated with the MC. You place the train into "emergency", it dumps the air from the brake pipe and applies the brakes. The only way to recover is once the train is stopped and then recharge the system.
  7. In a situation like this, an engineer would just enough time to remove himself from any the cab before impact of the vehicles. Once he (or she) sees there's going to be impact, they are going to "dump" the train (apply the emergency brakes and bail out of the cab. If there's an event that would require these measures, it would be less than a minute before impact. Because of this, I doubt the engineer even knew of any potential impact with the station platform. While he or she may have yelled get back in passing, this would have happened while dumping a load into his pants. It would be my guess, the "civilian that he pushed out of the way" was someone standing in way of the cab door that he knocked over to get out. There is no "back of the cab" that the police commissioner illustrates. The cab is deep enough for the seat and controls. Behind the cab are electrical lockers, then the passenger area. From the very front of the train to the first passenger seat is approximately six feet.
  8. Two weeks is only a minute or two in railroad time.
  9. Can't say what happened in the specific circumstance as I wasn't there. I will say, there are certain "features" that show up on the screen that prompts us to scan the QR code. Since the powers to be can tell real time whether or not it's being done, it becomes an issue at times. Especially when there are spotters on the train to "audit" us. There are times a ticket gets scanned and our device will prompt whether it's valid, not valid or there's a discrepancy that could prompt further verification. As far as scams and counterfeit tickets? They are plentiful. Anything from multiple people trying to use the same ticket (I've seen this done in numerous ways), people using "copies" of tickets, and people that will show an ticket and deliberately avoid activating it while making it appear it really is. The longer these things have been around, the more new and improved issues arise.
  10. "Traveling relief" likely means you are going from station to station and have different hours on different days. Example: you might work Sat and Sun from 7 to 3 and Mon, Tues, Wed from 3 to 11.
  11. Administering a test isn't always done for immediate vacancies. Sometimes they are given for future vacancies. Regardless of a hiring freeze, they would still want a pool of potential hires once the freeze is lifted. As far as HVAC Tech compared to conductor 6601? For one, an HVAC tech is not perceived as a desired position for the layperson. Secondly, the conductor position is NYC Transit. The HVAC position is Metro North. People living in the city won't necessarily drive to New Haven or Brewster or Croton Harmon to work.
  12. I'll take your word on it. I don't pay attention to the board meetings.
  13. There is not a joint procurement. LIRR was the lead agency for the M9's with an option for MNR. MNR choce not to exercise the option. The train cars these would have replaced are going on 35 years of age.

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