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  1. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    I would hope the engineers know the stations, it's part of being qualified on the physical characteristics. There are bigger issues than car markers, if they are not qualified and are operating a train on a given line.
  2. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    Again, the markers on the platforms are for the train crew. Not for passengers, rail fans or anyone else. Riverdale platform on track 4 the engineer should be spotting the train at the south end of the platform as that is where the majority of passengers will gather as the stairs are there. The 4 car Mark is at the middle of the platform as it's an 8 car platform. Reason would be the 4 mark would be in the middle.
  3. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    Don't over think the car markers. I can give you numerous examples that would blow your theory. Two quick examples: the track one platform at Spuyten Duyvil and track three platfrom at Ludlow. These are both the "north bound" platforms, they both hold 8 cars. The "2" car markers are where two cars would be on the platform. The problem is the ramp / stairs of the platfrom are at the north end. Because of this, if only four cars are open for passengers, the engineer will spot the open cars at the north end (where the "4" and "6" car markers are). If someone decided to walk toward the south end of the platfrom where the "2" is, they would have to walk back to the north end. There are numerous stations on all lines that would go along the same theory, including Harlem - 125th St., Peekskill, Beacon, Yonkers, on the Hudson, Fordham, Mount Kisco, Valhalla, going south on the Harlem.
  4. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    I understand your points and agree. A station such as Yankees-E153 is long to accommodate games and other events and I understand that doesn't help for the other 200 plus days of the year. Most engineers will do their best to spot the train for the passengers waiting to board. It is the job of the train crew to get those staring at a closed door when trying to board to make sure they get on. When in doubt, look for the red lights on the side of the train.... But again, a station such as Yankees have 6 car lengths between the two sets of stairs at platfrom level and sadly some with their ears disconnected from the outside world (by choice), and have tunnel vision aimed at their phone have a difficult time waking up to their surroundings. As far as last minute track changes..... No comment... They are as frustrating for me as passengers. Lastly, there are some that complain when the only one to blame is themselves. Case in point, I recently read on twitter how my train, at Croton Harmon, never stopped. Not only did my train not stop, but, we arrived at the platfrom 10 minutes prior to departure (Croton Harmon was the origination station) and every door on the train was open prior to leaving time. To add insult to injury, we were delayed from departing the station for a minute or two to make way for an express train, and I had the doors open for the extra time until I knew we were going to get the permission to leave with the signal south of the platfrom. To summarize, my train which per a passenger on twitter, "never stopped" not only stopped, had the doors open of every car (six out of six) for ten minutes prior to the departure time. The doors were also open for approximately two minutes after the scheduled departure time to allow for last minute runners. Some people you just can't please.....
  5. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    It is actually more efficient and safer depending on the passenger load. Example: a morning weekend train departing Grand Central going to Croton Harmon local making all stops. Some of the trains will get an 8 car consist as it comes from Southeast. Now it goes to Croton Harmon for toilet servicing. Using 8 cars for a light passenger load is unrealistic as there are multiple 4 car platforms in the Bronx (and from Hasting to Irvington with the temporary ramps). It is safer and more efficient using four cars in this circumstance as people would be less likely to miss their stop if they are in the wrong car and it decreases delays and is safer when they are in the wrong car and don't have to go car to car. Sadly there are many people disconnected from their sense of hearing as many use earbuds. Regardless of how many times you tell someone or make announcements they still do not het the memo. This also alleviates issues that arise as from and operational point of when it comes to train spotting and door operations. Granted, with a larger passenger load, then more cars should be used.
  6. Truckie

    Metro North Conductor 2016 Hiring Process

    I don't know what's involved these days with the exam. I will say this, during the class, they want you to know everything verbatim so that's a good place to start. If they are only giving you three weeks, so be it. During class, you get three days to study for some tests.
  7. Truckie

    MNRR & LIRR Planned/Unplanned Service Changes

    Just because your little slice of paradise is good, you have to take into account the system as a whole. In both last Wednesday and the previous Friday's storms, it hit the fan big time. The first storm, there were trees down across the track all over the property, tracks washing out along the Hudson, and barges breaking loose washing up against the tracks. The second storm (last Wednesday) things weren't much better. More trees down, power poles snapping like twig on the Harlem Line. etc... In a perfect world, there would be endless supply of resources including trains and manpower. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In both circumstances, trains couldn't get from point a to point b and as a result either could the manpower. As an example, the first storm, as I was on my way along the Harlem, we were stranded in the White Plains area for hours. Every time one tree was cleared up, two more fell. Third rail was damaged. Trains hit trees (no, PTC would not have prevented it). You can't just call a taxi or bus and stick them on the tracks, as day laborers can be called to pitch in for the clean up. When it was announced last week that they were going to run reduced service last Wednesday, I for one thought is was pre-mature with roads (and rails) being clear of the elements. Unfortunately, things deteriorated rapidly in the afternoon. In hindsight, it made is mildly easier getting people out of dodge in the evening. Even with the best efforts, there were still numerous train crews stranded in Grand Central until the next day because of the weather conditions, as it wasn't even safe to run patrol trains.
  8. Harriman being in the middle of nothing also has its advantages. A station in the direct vicinity of Woodbury Commons will create additional traffic in an already clogged intertwining of arteries meet there (RT 17, RT 32, RT 6 and nearby NYS Thruway). In retrospect the isolated Harriman Station being somewhat removed from the major arteries, makes it more bearable for purposes of access and egress.
  9. What they are not telling you is the impact the "improvements" are going to have on train service during the renovations.... Stay tuned.
  10. Let's not forget this individual has a mental disability. Who knows if he would even be mentally fit to transport people in any capacity. I'm not saying his disability would disqualify him but who knows.
  11. Another difference as to one running while the other may not is weather patterns. There has been plenty of times LIRR was shut down while MNRR ran with little issue. One storm a year or two ago had 3 feet of snow in NYC while there was barely 3 flakes of snow in Poughkeepsie.
  12. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    Doesn't play at all when the PA is started, that is the "ding ding" sound. What is being described is a chime sound. On occasion it will go off when the PA acts up, but under normal circumstances..... It is not used for any single event. Engineers could sound it to alert the train crew that they are going to be crossing over at an interlocking, there is an ADA passenger at a station or for the conductor to go to the intercom.
  13. Truckie

    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

    There are no more direct trains. Haven't been all season.
  14. Truckie

    Cameras on Metro-North Trains

    The cameras came around as a result of the FRA recommendations from the 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment for forward facing cameras and cameras in the operating cabs. The cameras started getting installed approximately spring of this year. The FRA recommendation was expanded upon to include passenger areas to be used as a tool to investigate other safety related incidents including gap incidents, other safety related mishaps and criminal activity.


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