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  1. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    Ridership to Playland makes up for that.
  2. Truckie

    Hiring Freeze In the Metro North

    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.
  3. Truckie

    Hiring Freeze In the Metro North

    I'll take your word on it. I don't pay attention to the board meetings.
  4. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    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.
  5. Truckie

    Hiring Freeze In the Metro North

    I was unaware of a hiring freeze. As far as the length of the freeze is anyone's guess. There is a turnover for custodians as they often move on to bigger and better things within. I know that isn't much of a help but I'm unfamiliar with what goes on in recruitment.
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    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    Slip slide season. Once condemnable flat spots they go to the wheel true to get lathed.
  7. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    Harlem - 125, Fordham, White Plains, Stamford, New Haven, Poughkeepsie and Croton Harmon have large sales. Also, Poughkeepsie, Croton Harmon, White Plains, Brewster, New Haven and Stamford are used by conductors for remittances.
  8. Truckie

    Day after Thanksgiving Service

    Metro North and LIRR are independent agencies and operate independently from one another. Neither has anything to do with the parent agency (MTA).
  9. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    They have been trying to close these ticket offices for years.
  10. Truckie

    END of the M2s and additional M8s update

    I don't recall anyone saying they weren't. However they are NOT exercising the option with the LIRR contract as many speculated they would. There are no plans in getting rid of the M3's anytime soon as they invested a bunch of money installing ACSES and cameras. Being the timeframe is "next capital program", think years, as in railroad years (NOTE: one railroad year = approximately 3 Julian years).
  11. Not a surprise. Everyone thinks you can throw a few trains on the tracks and they will get from point a to point b on their own. Who ever though there aren't going to be distractions to the end game are delusional.
  12. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    Metro North's trains have a class 1 brake test performed by mechanical forces, usually over night in the yards. This is a fairly extensive brake test. There is also a Class 2 brake test performed prior to every departure or turnaround. When in GCT it is usually done by the engineer and a carman. When in the outer yards or on the main, it is done by the engineer and conductor. The later test, in short, verifies the trains brakes are applying and releasing at the rear of the train.
  13. ASCES built in, yes. We will leave it at that Amtrak conductors and engineers must be qualified on the operating rules and physical characteristics of the territories they operate on. They have to carry the various rule books and updated train orders at all times. For Amtrak to start running in to GCT this summer, crews started qualifying in early March and most were already qualified on the MNR's operating rules. It took that long to qualify on the PC's from CP12 to GCT.
  14. It's not difficult, but it's not going to happen overnight. It's a matter of scheduling and covering jobs. I would guess it would take about 4 months for each crew member to qualify. I forgot, along with the physical characteristics, it's a different set of operating rules. Not knowing what their operating rules are comprised of, I can't say exactly how long it will take.
  15. That's great. Unfortunately, the whole concept of these stations coming into existence is in the very early stages. If the train service doesn't happen, the city and Bronx Metro-North Working Group have a lot less to plan. For the rail service to materialize, you need approval from the MTA (New York State), the operator of the tracks and Penn Station (Amtrak) and the entity that contracts with Metro North on the New Haven Line on what happens with New Haven Line trains (CDOT and the State of Connecticut). The last is an issue as it is because of them of the whole Fordham debacle with New Haven Line trains. Should Amtrak give their blessing, it will come with a price tag. No different than the price tag of Amtrak currently using Metro North's tracks. What that price tag will be is anyone guess. Additionally, if and when this materializes, crews will have to be trained on the territory, and equipment will have to be able to be used between both territories. In years past New Jersey Transit's trains were used for the New Haven Line football trains for this very reason.


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