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Power Issues in the Rockaways

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I always hear of power problems as a reason why they can't bring the R160's to the Rockaways. Why can't this line have full power or enough power to run them?

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The Rockaway line's electricity is managed by Nassau County. Hopefully someoen else can explain why the power isn't raised though.

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I spoke to a guy that works down in the power section and he told me that he doesn't believe that it had to do with a power related problem because they all get the same amount of power throughout the system. I think this was rumor and not fact.

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I know that the Rockaways DID have a power problem a long time ago, the substation was undersized. That is why they used older trains out there. Also trains would gap out on the flats due too the low power in some spots. At times they would have to send a diesel out to push the trains so they could take power. Think the problem was fix a whil ago, but I'm not sure.

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I guess that would explain why old trains can run down there and new ones were having problems. The NTT's use much more power than the OTT's.

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Yep, from what I have ben told, when the Rockaway branch was connected to the NYCTA R16s which were band new at the time were used for a ribbion cutting ceromoney. The R16s turned out to be a basket case, but that is for another time. It was a while before they ran there again and R10s were used for Rockaway service.

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From NYCSubway.org

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Maybe because the nature of where the tracks run the overall electrical capacity is lower?

 

- Andy

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