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  1. Nothing predicted has happened for any of the reasons predicted even remotely in the order stated. So, no.
  2. Thing is, given that anybody working a grocery store, liquor store, plumber, home health aide, whathaveyou counts as essential, lot of people still going in and out to work.
  3. 2009 or so. There are a number of news stories about it. Failed.
  4. Given that the MTA did test 11-car R160 sets for service, my guess is yes.
  5. Yeah, but as I've been saying (I did predict the R211 delay), this mess just slows down the whole clock, and at some point (long time from now) service will have be restored, and the MTA will need full capacity, which it won't be able to achieve if the 32s are gone before the 211s arrive.
  6. That's fascinating! The sheer number of different consist lengths over the course of one day! Have to wonder if it was more work switching and breaking consists than it was money saved by running fewer cars...
  7. Oh there definitely was a time with different length consists based on the time of day, but--and others will know this better than I do--I think that was mainly a practice that lasted into the 70s or so. I know the was running half-length overnight through the 70s, probably the same on a number of other lines. And even more extreme would have been the BMT running different length consists for midday, rush hour, and overnight way back in the early days. The yellow signs from the 80s though are mainly about boarding, in terms of safety on the platform.
  8. By the way, those Astor signs have been covered up completely, and a lot of stations are having those signs removed. I forget the exact article, but there's a clipping about the year those signs first showed up. I believe they were installed from 1982-1987. Technically, the distinction is partly in the phrasing. A lot of those signs, like the one at Astor, said "Off Hours Boarding Area," since by the time they were installed it wasn't always about shorter trains, but more about keeping a well-lit section of the station within view of the token clerk. Then you had a separate variety (which, by the font, are probably newer, from 1988 or so) that said "During off-hours trains stop here." That was for shorter overnight consists, but I think that was a lot less common. Good question on which part of the train lined up. I heard about the 52nd St. hit. I'd be curious to see, except I'm not getting on a train for no good reason. I do think that a version of this is gonna happen – there's nobody out there.
  9. 10-cars until the '64 World's Fair with the arrival of the 33WFs and the 36WFs. I'm not sure how many years it took for the transition–it's possible the R15s and briefly R17s/R29s in use were combined with singles, or that the switch only began once the full fleet was in place.
  10. Gonna reiterate, my ass is not going out there, but pretty unusual seeing a to New Lots with R62A service. We've had 62s on the , 62s and 62As on the , but I don't think there've been 62As on the since Livonia had their fleet. Shame the rollsigns have been mostly replaced with the new ones, cause otherwise you'd have had a hard time telling things apart from the 90s/00s, especially since New Lots looks almost exactly as it did in 1985.
  11. ^ One thing about the firefighters, their name probably isn't coming up for a reason...not sure if everybody followed the photo incident but a lot of people in RTO are pretty angry with the department right now and I for one don't blame them. Very inappropriate, very juvenile, very disrespectful.
  12. I always think about this as the difference in how you drive for work and how you drive for yourself. I like to drive fast on my own, probably faster than I should sometimes, did some autocross, enjoy an empty highway. But when I'm driving for work (no CDL, so only small box trucks and cargo vans) it's a different pace entirely. You can try all the honking in the world behind me, I'm not changing my pace, I'm not blocking the box, I'm not taking chances. I don't take needless risks, I don't race yellow lights, I go by the book, I take the middle lane and I stick with it. Just a different mentality when it's a job versus something during your free time, you treat it differently. If I'm in my car, I probably gave myself an hour to get somewhere and I'm gonna get there in that time, and I'll hurry a little if I'm late. If it's work, I'm working the day regardless, I'll get it down in the time it takes, as close to the schedule the boss gives me.
  13. Why should he watch that? He's completely correct, and more people should have listened to his post. Exactly what I've been thinking, if the account that the T/O called in a loud noise earlier and/or struck something on the roadbed are correct, it sounds as though this may have been a positively heroic action to the get the train into the station. The fact that the poor man was found in the track bed suggests smoke inhalation or exhaustion, since you'd imagine the natural course of action would to run away from the flames towards an emergency exit. Given that he was found so close, it does suggest that he may have started to do that, after heroically doing everything possible to get the train's passengers into the station. Again, just my assumption based on the details but it does start to sound like some truly, profoundly heroic stuff. Such a terrible story in every way and my heart just goes out to his family and loved ones.
  14. Yeah c'mon guys this is appalling. Who gives a shit about the equipment? And no, this is not because somebody didn't like the rolling stock used. I know there's a lot of mental illness in the transit community, and we don't need to yell at those people for their responses to this, but the rest of you guys gotta get it together on this. A man is dead. And this looks a whole lot like arson.
  15. This makes sense given the diminished fleet requirements and the safety issue with C/Rs going between cars. Now, what I would expect is that these cars are simply held in storage for the next weeks/months, especially since the R211 order is bound to be delayed by the shutdown. But the MTA has done dumb things before, so we'll see if they scrap any of the sets before replacements have formally arrived.
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