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by railfan365
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Photography & Video
Topic: This Forum and the Idiots Who Run It.
Replies: 3
Views: 2104

This Forum and the Idiots Who Run It.

Quirky Railyard copy.jpg This post marks the end of my participation in this forum, because i refuse to submit to punitive pecksniffs who are intent on playing thought police. I recently posted that embedded branding in posted photgraphs is too easily edited out and suggested that there must be a b...
by railfan365
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Diesel train backwards?
Replies: 14
Views: 7540

Re: Diesel train backwards?

I've heard that the turnaround loop at GCT canbe used conveniently to turn some trains. but how would they turn a train at the outlying terminal? And why have Amtrak trains that are usually single ended been doubled for service to Grand Central?
by railfan365
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: New York & Atlantic Railway/NYNJ Rail
Topic: NYNJ Rail Sightings
Replies: 425
Views: 127144

Re: NYNJ Rail Sightings

I think SIMS is all that's left on 1st. However, I think depending on how the SBMT RFP goes, we may see more. It's a shame that after they refurbished the tracks along 1st Avenue and in 39th Street Yard, their customer base along !st has plummeted. Between that, and shifting the float operation to ...
by railfan365
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: NYC MTA Subway and Rail, PATH and SIRT
Topic: R211 Acquisition Next Generation Subway Car w. Gangways
Replies: 45
Views: 17778

Re: Bombardier shut out of R211 contract

I expect that who ever they buy form, NYC transit will have their usual focus on the latest technology.
by railfan365
Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: NYC MTA Subway and Rail, PATH and SIRT
Topic: To Fix the New York City Subway, Fix the Schedule
Replies: 1
Views: 2457

Re: To Fix the New York City Subway, Fix the Schedule

With regard to schedules being too difficult to maintain, I've experienced impromptu cases of local trains running express for part of a trip to make up time - which is an advantage to some passengers and a hindrance to tohers who have to get off and wait for the next train that will be hitting the ...
by railfan365
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: New York & Atlantic Railway/NYNJ Rail
Topic: NYNJ Rail Sightings
Replies: 425
Views: 127144

Re: NYNJ Rail Sightings

gregorygrice wrote:
rr503 wrote:Traffic seems to be waaaaaaay up.

Thanks for sharing -- I need to get down there at some point.
Very up
Is the increase all divided between NJ and the Bay Ridge Interchange? Or is there more traffic along 1st Avenue?
by railfan365
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: NYC MTA Subway and Rail, PATH and SIRT
Topic: August 31,1997-My surreal NYC subway experience.....
Replies: 5
Views: 4188

Re: August 31,1997-My surreal NYC subway experience.....

I experienced something somewhat relevant in 1999. I was working in downtown Brooklyn, and had recently moved to East 74th Street. I took an East Side Express train from near my office to Grand Central, with the plan of changing there for a local. When the express landed at 42nd Street, I experience...
by railfan365
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: NYC MTA Subway and Rail, PATH and SIRT
Topic: Steam Powered El trains at terminal stops.
Replies: 3
Views: 2663

Re: Steam Powered El trains at terminal stops.

Interesting. That also covers the frequent fueling and watering required by tank engines.
by railfan365
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: NYC MTA Subway and Rail, PATH and SIRT
Topic: Steam Powered El trains at terminal stops.
Replies: 3
Views: 2663

Steam Powered El trains at terminal stops.

For many decades now, the New York City subway/el complex has only 3 places where trains actually turn around: The 2 loops at South Ferry, and the old City Hall Loop. At ALL other terminal stops, they deal with all EMU trains being double ended and change ends, almost always in conjunction with a cr...
by railfan365
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: Last steam engine on Long Island
Replies: 16
Views: 4558

Re: Last steam engine on Long Island

Here's where I acknowledge that I read the question wrong. It did say Long Island. I read it as Long Island Railroad, because this is the Long Island Railroad forum, and due to what's usualy meant.
by railfan365
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: EMD - Electro-Motive
Topic: A question about GP30's.
Replies: 7
Views: 3110

Re: A question about GP30's.

Thanks. A little promping was what I needed.
by railfan365
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: EMD - Electro-Motive
Topic: A question about GP30's.
Replies: 7
Views: 3110

A question about GP30's.

I recently looked up the technical specs on the GP30. It is rated at 2250 hp, 60,500 pounds starting TE, and 50,000 pounds continuous TE. Comparedwith an MP15, it was rated at half again as much hp, but only 2.46% more continuous TE and slightly less starting TE. Myquestion is: Why bother with subst...
by railfan365
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: Last steam engine on Long Island
Replies: 16
Views: 4558

Re: Last steam engine on Long Island

It was until october 25, 1963 that BEDT was operating steam in regular service. But the question was about the L.I.R.R. running steam. The borrowed steam locomotive in 1967 was floated over. As to the propsect of steam excursions, I doubt that the L.I.R.R. has any major problem with steam - they die...
by railfan365
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: Last steam engine on Long Island
Replies: 16
Views: 4558

Re: Last steam engine on Long Island

That is correct - there was chartered steam train run in 1967. But the last regular steam service was during the summer of 1955 , with a special end of steam ceremony that October. As to how an excursion steam run would go over now, I expect that it would do well, based on how popular the nostalgia ...
by railfan365
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: Montauk Wye - Industrial Rd Crossing
Replies: 20
Views: 5342

Re: Montauk Wye - Industrial Rd Crossing

Why would a train powered by a DE30ac have to use any of the surviving wyes? I thought that all modern diesel trains were double ended with two engines or a remote cab and push-pull operation. I also thought that all single locomotive trains are required to keep the engine on the Eastern end of the ...

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