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R10 1989

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  1. Whoever uploaded the latest Glenn Rowe photos to nycsubway.org- thank you!

  2. ...Except it was an actual TA car inspector who brought up wringers. This doesn't surprise me at all; what's tried and true has always worked better in New York than the new bells and whistles. I reckon members of the tech fanboy-tardfest will be in denial about the NTTs' performance deficiencies, as usual. I'd actually like to hear what TA personnel have to say about this report, though- they're the only folks who make sense around here anymore...
  3. Was content to take a back seat to most discussions in the last few weeks, till someone had to bring up Lower Montauk... Oh boy, where do I even begin.... 1. I've said it before and I'll say it again- operational flexibility is always a good thing. The Montauk Cutoff is one of the last remaining direct connections from Long Island to points north of the city (Upstate NY, New England). Seems pretty useless now, but there's been talk on the Island for years now about revitalizing freight rail service to get more tractor trailers off the Expressway and the county arteries; granted, the focal point for the last 10-12 years have been plans for a "Cross-Harbor Tunnel" from LIRR Bay Ridge Branch, but I believe freight service via Hell Gate has also been talked about. Incredibly short-sighted on the MTA's part to tear the Cutoff down when increased freight movement to/from LI is foreseeable 15-25 years down the road... especially if the plan to construct a tunnel under the Long Island Sound ever becomes a reality. 2. The Lower Montauk should NOT be at the bottom of any list involving rail priorities and regional planning for the future, even when it comes to passengers. The current "Manhattan-only via Main Line" mentality at the LIRR has to go; the glacial pace of ESA and the various problems that have been occurring at Penn Station in the last few months have shown that the Railroad needs to be prepared to send trains to alternative terminals and lines throughout the City if need be- you can't just dump everybody at Jamaica and expect them to pile onto the already-overburdened . But no, the MTA continues to pre-emptively shoot itself in the foot. I grew up on the Lower Montauk Branch; one of the reasons I'm suspicious as to their plans for the Atlantic Branch is that it mirrors their tactics on the Montauk- spend X amount of years disincentivizing people from using the service, then claim it died of natural causes. SMDH. I agree with Union that the Branch and Cutoff could (and should) be better utilized- glad to see I'm not the only person who sees through the MTA's fallacies. (now I go back to watching the hilarity unfold in the R179 thread...)
  4. The condensed Akzidenz looked great. And the stuff TA put on station signs- especially the ones with the small letters in a large bullet. Anyone know if they put miniature versions of the Vignelli symbols in the rollsigns for the R10 thru R15? You know, the tiny boxes that were in between the roofline and the top of the window? Like this from nycsubway.org: Can't figure out how they managed to fit so many destination/route signs into such tiny boxes....
  5. "ATLANTA – Democrats chose President Obama’s former Labor secretary, Tom Perez, as the person to lead them out of a political wilderness of heavy losses at every level of government over the past eight years and amid tensions between moderates and progressives about how to rebuild the party after Hillary Clinton's unexpected loss to Donald Trump." http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/25/democratic-national-committee-chairperson-election/98401498/ Once again, the Democrats have chosen a party insider instead of listening to the grassroots. Party over country, just like the scumbag Republicans. I know Keith Ellison wasn't perfect, but for Christ's sake, Perez is just another establishment hack. At this rate, the Dems are gonna be out of power for a LONG time...
  6. By that logic, the entire Liberty Ave segment should have been either built with the third track on the el connecting to the express tracks east of Euclid instead of the yard leads north of Pitkin, or rebuilt to handle four tracks. It could definitely have been done in the 1950s when they had the chance, but I doubt this is something that could easily or even willingly be done by the agency today.
  7. Yeah, but SIRT is practically the last place in the system you'll find breakdancing.... if at all.
  8. Or any dynasty for that matter- the Clintons, Bushes, Kennedys, Romneys (yes his father was also a governor)... I've had it with all of them. A bunch of rich twats who don't give a toss about the rest of us.
  9. Not only that, I've seen them deliberately pick the 59th-125th run because they know it gives them a captive audience. It definitely sucks that the end doors are locked on 75-footers (open end doors would make for a quicker getaway), but I've seen how the end vestibules swing on those cars around turns; I don't blame the TA for not wanting to be held responsible for people being crushed. Incidentally, I've never seen them on the R32 A consist...
  10. The R32s and R42s being worn out is no secret to me, but I am more intrigued about the other data: -Like the 28% drop in R46 performance. -The 30% decline in R160 performance. -The fact that despite being transferred to Westchester, the R62As still manage to perform better than the R142As. -The R62s, despite their age, having a MDBF of almost 200,000 compared to the R142s having 60,000 less. -The R143s being barely more reliable than the 45+ year-old cars that ran on the before them. Compared to the SMEEs, I doubt the NTTs will last 40 years (let alone 30 for that matter).
  11. But that's the thing; the R44/46s also looked 'good' according to contemporary standards of the day, yet turned out to be mechanical shitshows. And given CRC's history of poor quality, I genuinely doubt they can be trusted. http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2016/07/crrc_which_is_building_a_springfield_pla.html https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/08/07/70-of-chinese-train-components-fail-safety-standards-chinas-railway-operator-reveals/]https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/08/07/70-of-chinese-train-components-fail-safety-standards-chinas-railway-operator-reveals/ And normally I can't be bothered to pay attention to the fools in Congress and other legislative bodies in this country, but once in a blue moon they seem to have a moment of clarity and do something sensible for a change: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/19/urged-probe-chinese-company-building-mbta-subway-cars/wRTd80HIyx3oDxT1o2KheK/story.html http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/07/55_members_of_congress_urge_tr.html For once I agree with the legislators- CRC needs to be investigated and awarding contracts to a foreign state-owned enterprise is most certainly a national security issue.
  12. Lot of rumors I've been hearing about the R211s-The TA isn't seriously considering China Rail Corp as a potential bidder, are they? It's bad enough the Chicago and Boston systems got duped into awarding contracts to these shysters; given CRC's history of shoddy build quality. Won't be surprised if their contracts turn out like the Flxible-Grumman 870s...
  13. Disappointing to see the R32 and R42 MDBF continue to slide, but it's still not as bad as the R46 (-28%). And -30% for the R160s? In only 12 months? Wow...

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