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  1. You know I'm used to TW/WT, remember T/O rookie and C/R rookie for years. I don't mind weekdays I dont have kids anyway and everything is cheaper on those days I'm also going to limit posts here until probation is over next year (I keep a low profile), just like my two previous promotions.
  2. Its not the tunnels per se, its more the tight curves and tracks close together on those sections of track.
  3. And I start with MNR next week, would have been last November, but some loose ends had to be tied up.
  4. More of "what we can get", our government agencies have functioned on borrowed money for decades.
  5. 2008. Remember, promotional C/R called before O/C. They just got the O/C list last year.
  6. In the end, if money was the end-all factor, nothing mentioned here would go on except what TA is already doing. That's all they have the money for. Over half a billion dollars that would have gone to other projects and/or upgrades (fantasy or not) now goes to continuing to repair damange from Sandy. Thats the reality of it. Carry on.
  7. I always thought Brighton was the wrong trunk to add something... the branches in the city I considered were... Dyre Sea Beach Lenox Broadway (upper)
  8. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the two stations being where they at... one cant say close down one or the other without saying close down either Wall St or Bowling Green in the IRT. Its almost like one wants them closed just so the train can go faster into the joined station or Newkirk... as if that 30mph sign that many ignore at the head of Newkirk isn't there and that trains already are pushing 40 into Beverley s/b, quite possibly already the fastest station on that section of track.
  9. 24. Because of the usual ~five year gap between tests (at that time), the first time I was eligible to take it I was 21. Some who really want to come down here luck out and a test comes out soon after graduation and they get down here at ~20.
  10. Yeah transit use is high, its just its mostly buses cause of the seismic activity (yes i do realize theres some subways too). With better designed buses these days its improving however. Further tunneling in eastern queens is near shovel ready (lots of tail tracks ready to go), just very very expensive and its difficult to justify the cost to the rest of the city Of course new structure is NIMBY-hell although cheaper.
  11. I tell all those people working in Target whenever i shop there in uniform and they are amazed on how i got such a position so young. Thing is too, most of them have GED/HSD and just messed up after that... and they had no idea about civil service.
  12. There is also a bus depot at the far end of the yard as well if I remember right which goes another block. This isn't Allerton Av where one is really just putting a station and entrances over the street itself (a thruspan and el underneath) and eating away a handful of backyard on the south side of Allerton (there's nothing there on the north side). Back to the west end, there is also a switch in the middle of that tunnel that would have to go somewhere that is often used to allow work trains to wrong rail south from 36th and north from 9Av. A better arugment might be given for the Sea Beach between 59th and 8 Av, as there is actually open space (not tunnel, but open cut and some residential above 6Av (i think its 6th).
  13. I never said they would run local Simply terminate at Pacific St and go back north from there, often Murphy doesn't want the train as they lose flexibility with the interlockings at 36st and 9Av when a revenue train is there at a time when work trains are pouring out of the yard.
  14. Addendum: If a train runs through the bypass going south, it will be express on 4Av at least to 36st (except some baseball specials).
  15. Frankly, nothing has to be done in the boro of Manhattan, but the outerboros are another story.
  16. In other words, they are looking to cut down on the # of C/R's hired
  17. You don't hate this thread, you hate what it became, and even more so when someone resurrected it.
  18. Look out for Metro North, SIR, or LIRR's tests as well, as they will come up occasionally. The railroad's (except SIR) are both easier and harder to get into. Easier because they opportunities come up more often than NYCT tests. Harder because the process is longer and is more merit based than a test. PATH is an option as well, you can go over and check the Port Authority website for info on that. Please disregard this post if you really want to work in the subways of NYCT.
  19. I remember back when I was operating last month, was on the and left Euclid together with an . Couple railfans from here was on the train. I saw the back of that same leaving Chambers...
  20. That's because City Hall tower doesn't know who's on 1 track at Prince until they punch. Sometimes they even ask for call letters to make sure they aren't inadvertently putting a on the bridge. Trains punch at 42nd against the wall, but that's just an express and local punch. The local punch doesn't differentiate between the or . City Hall can control from 57th to Whitehall. When a train comes out of the 60th tube (assuming all revenue service here, non-revenue always calls the local tower to announce themselves), CH has no idea what it is until it gets to 42nd. (it has only the scheduled lineup of service and what information was transferred from towers and terminals in Queens). Only then does the train punch local or express. If it punches express, CH now knows its a . It doesn't know if a local punch is a or until Prince St when the 's MUST punch "bridge" during the day. The punch tunnel and proceed down to Canal upper. That's just outdated equipment related to signals, not the signals themselves. Along Queens and in other areas of the system that have been renovated, there are actually punches for each line. For example, at Roosevelt (QBL) on both the express and local track, there isn't a destination punch per say (even tho some destinations are listed), there's a line punch, . From that point on, Queensboro knows what you are, its still up to them to route you correctly, however.
  21. There's no such thing as priority, its completely by schedule. The only thing that changes this is lateness or earliness of trains. On a regular fine minute headway out of Astoria, the is not supposed to catch the by Prince even though the made four extra stops. What actually happens in practice however, is that the becomes early as it picks up fewer people from Queensboro on south, and the often becomes late because of an . It's all on City Hall tower whether to let the early go in front of the late .
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