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R10 2952

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  1. I know the used to terminate at Atlantic Ave station and that was messy as it was with the track/switch layout, but the coming in and terminating on the local tracks? That must be an even bigger mess...
  2. It wasn't all R33/36, though; the also used some R12/14s, and R15s in the late '70s/early '80s. After those classes retired, it shifted to R17s and R21/22s in the mid-'80s before moving to R62As ('86-'87 I think?). The single units were needed to make 9-car trains. After the late '80s it was likely all R62A through the 1990s- never heard of nor saw any redbirds show up on it. An employee explained it a while back; something to do with Lenox Yard trackage/capacity and/or the station platform there I believe. Shorter trains came in after New York's fiscal crisis in 1975. Many trains on various routes were reduced in length (8 cars, 6, in some cases 4) during mid-day, late-night hours and weekends. By 1985, though, most of the trains had been restored to normal lengths. Most of the "off-hours" signs that are still around came in around the late '80s/early '90s. At that point it wasn't about length anymore; this was the height of the crack epidemic and crime was a major issue- the TA was trying to encourage people traveling during late nights to congregate around the middle of the platform for safety reasons (close to conductor or station agent?). Crack eventually passed, crime went down, but the signs stayed up.
  3. Looks like a pattern, similar thing happened 3 months ago: https://gothamist.com/news/video-explosive-garbage-fire-causes-scare-manhattan-subway-station Same guy possibly?
  4. Agreed on Nassau; Canal-to-Chambers might be the right section for a split. Redo Essex for 4 tracks, Canal to be a stub-end terminal like in old times for the and have tracks from Chambers re-routed to Chrystie St. That way you could have the go into Brooklyn on the cheap (through Broad station, into Montague tunnel). As to the /, long-term perhaps the TA should look at getting trains off the Manhattan Bridge; 4 tracks and 4 lines is maybe just too much of a structural strain for it. Only alternative I can think of is if 6th Avenue express tracks were through-routed: back onto Houston, into a tunnel past 2nd Ave station, under the East River to South 4th station on IND Second System provisions, along Union Avenue, and then maybe tied into Franklin Ave station ? Who knows.
  5. Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised. The has done this before- the R14s, R15s, R21s and R22s were all swept under the rug when they retired essentially... it is what it is.
  6. Agreed in entirety. Unfortunately, your words seem to have gone over many people's heads- a crime worthy of federal investigation was committed, an employee died in the line of duty, but no, all they keep asking about is "OMG what happens to the R142s"... Has anyone stopped to think about what will happen to the family he left behind? Un-f**king-believable, really and truly...
  7. Well, when this whole thing blows over, we'll see who was right and who was wrong. When cooler heads prevail... I'll leave it at that.
  8. Everyone has lost their damn minds. When a pandemic of truly lethal proportions, like the plague or smallpox emerges, 21st-century society will be completely incapable of dealing with it because the mentality seems to be one of unmitigated panic... the fear-mongering that is going around is out of control, and is doing damage that will last well beyond this coronavirus. The economic fallout is having a disproportionate effect on those who can't afford it. Try telling the thousands who already lost their jobs "oh well, you know, better safe than sorry". Or those who've been sent on unpaid leave "oh, just take out a payday loan". Or those who are still being required to come to work by their employers "well, somebody sneezed at the train station, guess you're walking to work now". Or for that matter, the thousands who don't have health insurance "oh, you should get tested". People are getting shafted hard, but no, these non-proportional responses are entirely justified, all perfectly reasonable... I wonder how many of you will be lining up to help people get back on their feet once this thing passes- or will you all just be sitting around reminiscing "oh this was a terrible pandemic, we barely survived". I wonder.
  9. This is getting ridiculous; people can't be panicking at just the slightest sign of illness...
  10. Well to put things in perspective, compare the R36 WF at retirement (40 years) with the R32 in 2009 (45 years), and the difference in quality is apparent. I doubt the R27s or R30s would've managed to reach forty-five years in service, not after all the rust and acid baths their carbon steel went through in the '70s.
  11. I think a lot of people will if it comes to that. At the end of the day, no one I've spoken with ever wants to see her of all people in government again. God forbid.
  12. Personally, I could see myself acquiescing to Biden if he offered Sanders the vice-presidency. Otherwise, all bets are off.
  13. I never said I didn't vote. The reason I complain in the first place is because the people I used to vote for in the past (many Democrats) let me down, so I started voting independent and third-party. If I can't have an elected official who I trust, then at least I can have a clean conscience.
  14. Perhaps you and I have differing definitions of mainstream Democrats- mine is those who, in my experience, haven't cared about ordinary working people and/or reforming government for the better (Pelosi, Schumer, Cuomo) vs. those who have (Bernie Sanders, Jimmy Carter, LBJ). I guess 'pro-corporate' would be a better substitute for 'mainstream'? Either way, the Democratic Party is in need of serious reform as they are addicted to wealthy establishment donors and individuals more generally; they need to re-embrace the working class if they want to win back votes, not just the middle class. As to Biden, I don't buy the whole narrative of him being dead in the water only to magically come out of left field overnight. I don't buy Biden legitimately winning Washington state where Sanders trounced Hillary by a large margin four years ago. I don't buy a guy who, for all we know, might try to give Hillary the VP slot. I don't believe in coincidences, not at this point in my life- where I see smoke, I suspect fire. Until the Dem leadership does some serious work on reducing their credibility gap, I'm going to have a hard time taking them seriously again. Fortunately I've had enough sense to never take the Republicans seriously on anything. I guess the moral of the story is, two parties are not enough to fairly represent 330 million people and their various viewpoints- the "big-tent" concept is a fallacy. As to Medicare for all, whether it is a good idea or a bad one, it would constitute a first step in the right direction all the same. Right now, to get to an NHS-type system, one would have to start from nothing, while also trying to overcome the strong opposition that would inevitably result from those who have a vested interest in keeping things as they are (pharma executives/profiteers, insurance corporate leadership, Wall Street investors, et ceter).
  15. Yeah it would make sense, especially back in the late-'90s/early-'00s considering the bridge tracks were out- sending all trains through the tunnel with the during rush hour would've been a mess I suspect.
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