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Y2Julio

Tinted windows on R-160

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Anyone know what's the point of tinting the side windows on the T/O cab? The C/R side windows normally don't have it but the T/O side windows do.

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Anyone know what's the point of tinting the side windows on the T/O cab? The C/O side windows normally don't have it but the T/O side windows do.

 

Probably for a security reason and to provide some shade for when they are above ground....just shootin' from the hip. :)

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Security reasons, I believe, probably so the riders don't get to see how the train operator controls the cars, probably hiding the functions of the controls when used, that's just my guess.

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On some trains the florescent lights from inside the car actually give off a glare and makes it hard to see the rails when driving in a tunnel.

 

Most motormen hang a piece of newspaper to prevent the glare from coming in on the older cars so that would seem to make sense that they would tint the drivers window.

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I think it's more for the T/O's benefit than safety.

 

 

I've done the train simulator a couple times (LIRR, never the subway) when I was younger and I remember well that it will take more than just looking at the controls to figure out how to drive the train.

 

I never noticed if it was on the subway cars, but the LIRR sim, which I think was a sim of the M1/M3 (this was in 1998 or 1999 I did this) and you had to release the brakes, and bring the throttle to 12oclock before anything else could be done.

 

I went like 80mph, lol. I was told the machine shuts off if you went to 100mph. That is disappointing to 9 year old, haha.

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As a T/O who works with the R160's 4 days a week I can tell you. The reason for Tinted windows was so the T/O could see the screen better in the Sunny weather. All cab windows over the T/O controller came with in placed on it but some crews removed it because of unknown reason. I found it did not help in the first place but I would never removed it, I don't need to get in trouble for it.

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As a T/O who works with the R160's 4 days a week I can tell you. The reason for Tinted windows was so the T/O could see the screen better in the Sunny weather. All cab windows over the T/O controller came with in placed on it but some crews removed it because of unknown reason. I found it did not help in the first place but I would never removed it, I don't need to get in trouble for it.

 

Ah ok. Makes sense.

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