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53 minutes ago, MarkGuy said:

You’ll get it. Least ur first day on the road wasn’t nearly as bad as mine, which was this morning. Doors out at most of my stops, overshot the punch at one and had to open the window to reach out. Only did like one barely good station stop.

and later on barely passed a quiz bc I got lazy with studying a certain portion we covered yesterday: today wasn’t my day but I’m working on a comeback tomorrow 

That was your first road ops? I'm sure everybody has shitty first road ops. It took til my 3rd road ops to have more than a couple of decent stops. My first time I was so overwhelmed just trying to take in all the signs and signals that my stops all sucked. It takes a while to get used to taking in all the information and then be able to make a decent stop. Don't worry give it time. I'm supposed to go on road ops again on Tuesday and I'm looking forward to see how much I've improved. 

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29 minutes ago, acabral136 said:

That was your first road ops? I'm sure everybody has shitty first road ops. It took til my 3rd road ops to have more than a couple of decent stops. My first time I was so overwhelmed just trying to take in all the signs and signals that my stops all sucked. It takes a while to get used to taking in all the information and then be able to make a decent stop. Don't worry give it time. I'm supposed to go on road ops again on Tuesday and I'm looking forward to see how much I've improved. 

Yes my very first time on main line. Yeah it was a sensory overload digesting all that info. Next road op is next wed. I think I realized the problem.

My tss told me when to start taking brake in a station and I began moving from running release towards full service a bit but he said he didn’t feel it. I didn’t also at first but after I finished my turn I realized the braking was likely delayed. Not 100 on that but I’m gonna try experimenting next wk 

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7 hours ago, acabral136 said:

That was your first road ops? I'm sure everybody has shitty first road ops. It took til my 3rd road ops to have more than a couple of decent stops. My first time I was so overwhelmed just trying to take in all the signs and signals that my stops all sucked. It takes a while to get used to taking in all the information and then be able to make a decent stop. Don't worry give it time. I'm supposed to go on road ops again on Tuesday and I'm looking forward to see how much I've improved. 

Also gd luck in your practical tomorrow! You can do it 

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On 9/4/2019 at 4:37 AM, Dave2836 said:

Good way to get taken out of service if System safety or a TSS catches you on the road.

If you say so. Either way - it's not a regular technique I use anyway.

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15 hours ago, Jay-Oh said:

If you say so. Either way - it's not a regular technique I use anyway.

Pop and stopping is considered improper operation, so it shouldn't be used. Not saying we all perfect out here but it was just friendly advice given to keep you out of trouble. 

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On 9/7/2019 at 2:54 AM, MarkGuy said:

Also gd luck in your practical tomorrow! You can do it 

Passed my practical. However 3 of my classmates did not and I am still anxious for them. Hopefully they can pick it up on their second and final shot. 

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3 hours ago, acabral136 said:

Passed my practical. However 3 of my classmates did not and I am still anxious for them. Hopefully they can pick it up on their second and final shot. 

Congrats! Why did they fail?

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11 hours ago, MarkGuy said:

Congrats! Why did they fail?

2 of them due to moving with handbrake applied during the cut or add. The other one missed an off centered brake stem and could not figure out where air was escaping from while he tried to charge. Nerves got the better of them. 

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13 hours ago, acabral136 said:

2 of them due to moving with handbrake applied during the cut or add. The other one missed an off centered brake stem and could not figure out where air was escaping from while he tried to charge. Nerves got the better of them. 

they can fail you for off centered brake stem? wow. Yea handbrakes are pretty important. I heard over the radio today on the road that a train was in smokes at union square and the crew said a handbrake was partially applied. Whoever did that put in from city hall is gonna be trouble.

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4 hours ago, nipaaaa said:

they can fail you for off centered brake stem? wow. Yea handbrakes are pretty important. I heard over the radio today on the road that a train was in smokes at union square and the crew said a handbrake was partially applied. Whoever did that put in from city hall is gonna be trouble.

He ran out of time trying to find out why he wasn't charging. 

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On 9/4/2019 at 4:51 AM, Dave2836 said:

First of all... Understand the kind of equipment you have.  The R32/42 has 2 shoes on each wheel, the 32s on the charlie sucks big time for braking accuracy.  They slide big time.

The R68 has good dynamics and good brakes but a small tappet valve so expect a delay.  The delay is even more pronounced on the 68A.  Come in hard and depending on the grade, you can grab a healthy brake mid station (before mid station if downgrade) and can smooth it out to the end.  Best braking trains in the system.

New techs have blended braking which is an abomination.  The braking force is linear (as opposed to the exponential applied force on the smees) thats why you have to pull back more on the handle to stop the train then let some air go to smooth it out.  If you just hold a brake (no matter how much) it will keep rolling at decelerating speed and then buck at the end.  Also it is unreliable in inclement weather.  The trucks were made to not skid, which is iron because of it's light weight it actually skips on wet rails (thank you blended braking for false hope).

This should be pinned.  

You won’t learn this in school car.  

Great post.   Thank you for this.  

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Man today's road ops was so much better. We operated from Coney uptown, then back down. I got about 8 stops, and most of them were near or on the marker. But I'm doing the rookie mistake of fanning the brakes to a stop. I felt the sweet spot the first time I operated today, but kept grabbing and releasing brake to each stop after. Gotta work on feeling the train better, and holding a medium brake to the marker.

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