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by Jim Kaufman
Mon May 13, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: New York Central
Topic: NYC West Side Line Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 2651

Re: NYC West Side Line Questions

I was rear brakeman on CR NYSE-2(?) in 1979, the last through frt that ran out of West 72nd St yard to Selkirk, NY. This train went on duty at 700pm at W72nd St. . We came night before on SEOP (Selkirk-Oak Point (Bronx); rested at YMCA on 47th st (between 3rd-2nd Aves). Taxied to W72nd St yard offic...
by Jim Kaufman
Mon May 13, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: New York Central
Topic: New York Central at Garrison NY - 1963
Replies: 5
Views: 687

Re: New York Central at Garrison NY - 1963

NYCRRSon, I take it your Dad didn't make it to Amtrak takeover of operating crews (Train and Engine) in April 1986. In that month/year, (NYG)ALB-NFL trains operating crews worked ALB-NFL, layover in "Falls" (John's Quality Inn, near Rainbow Bridge), then NFL-ALB in am. Great run, good working condit...
by Jim Kaufman
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: RTL III Turboliner
Replies: 44
Views: 14090

Re: RTL III Turboliner

Matt, thanks for correction on BC seating, both power cars had this seating...which caused some confusion on BC pax who paid extra, and coach pax sitting in other BC accommodation, which only regular coach fares were required.
by Jim Kaufman
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: RTL III Turboliner
Replies: 44
Views: 14090

Re: RTL III Turboliner

Worked these Turbos for years out of ALB...Montreal/NFL/NYG-NYP/SYR. The State of New York, along with Amtrak, got their monies worth out of the 7 "6 car sets", nearly 30 years. Pax loved these trains for the extra large windows. BUT very expensive to operate. In first years, fuel was jet aviation (...
by Jim Kaufman
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Conrail - 1976 to the Present
Topic: Freight Branch adjacent to PATH tracks in Jersey City
Replies: 4
Views: 4736

Re: Freight Branch adjacent to PATH tracks in Jersey City

When I worked the old West Shore (very sporadic, stayed on east side of Hudson River), we used this track to get to Kearney Yard, Waverly Five Yard and back door to to ex-EL yard , Croxton Yard. It was pretty cool to be pulling a train through Journal Square and watch the commuters on Path platforms...
by Jim Kaufman
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Empire Service (New York State)
Replies: 2811
Views: 74198

Re: Empire Service (New York State)

Last line should read: ...BEFORE rear end crews had radios..."
by Jim Kaufman
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Empire Service (New York State)
Replies: 2811
Views: 74198

Re: Empire Service (New York State)

There is a reason behind the seating on NYP-ALB trains, especially heavy travel times (i.e., PM trains out of Penn)...crew likes pax to know where they will "open up" RHI/HUD/ and the few that are getting off at YNY/CRT/POU. So when they say (as I used to load my trains): RHI-HUD front of train, ALB...
by Jim Kaufman
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: New York Central
Topic: Pacemaker Boxcars
Replies: 18
Views: 8828

Re: Pacemaker Boxcars

NYC Pacemaker box cars lasted into the mid-70's (with original paint schemes also, but very faded). I saw them when I was working "Puller" jobs (east end Selkirk yard jobs used to pull cars from class yard and build trains in departure yards)) and on the "Hump"; also out on the road too. I always ha...
by Jim Kaufman
Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Penn Central
Topic: Walter J. Sparks
Replies: 9
Views: 5953

Re: Walter J. Sparks

That is a good one Shelly. That Tarryrown plant put a lot of "steak and potatos" on the table for everyone who worked the Hudson Div.! Took the train to NYP last Wed, and I pointed out where the old plant was (along with a very empty, rusty rails, Croton West Yard): now just flat concrete where you ...
by Jim Kaufman
Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Penn Central
Topic: Walter J. Sparks
Replies: 9
Views: 5953

Re: Walter J. Sparks

I remember Mr. Sparks as a "Ghost Supt" ....not seen, but heard thru his operating people, good railroader ( I didn't know he was "Red Team" in "Green Territory"!) I remember one time in Rensselaer, Ron Berben was the Trainmaster in West Albany yard,( Ron would come down some times to ride to Amster...
by Jim Kaufman
Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: Penn Central
Topic: Another good railroader in God's kingdom
Replies: 4
Views: 4448

Re: Another good railroader in God's kingdom

"Black Pete" was one hell of a railroader...he will be missed by all rails that knew him and/or worked with him in Selkirk Yard. I was working the "Grain Train" (CR frt symboled "GRU", Selkirk to Hudson, NY (really Greenpoint, NY, near Claverack, on Claverack Secondary Track) one time back in the mi...
by Jim Kaufman
Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Penn Central
Topic: SELKIRK TO CEDAR HILL AND OAK POINT
Replies: 11
Views: 6213

Re: SELKIRK TO CEDAR HILL AND OAK POINT

When Selkirk-Cedar Hill were running (SK-Beacon-Danbury-Devon-NH (Cedar Hill Yd), until "qualified", we had a variety of "NH Pilots", who would run freights like they were running 2 car Budds! I remember Noel, he was a good frt "runner", who understood the "up and down" profile of the Maybrook Branc...
by Jim Kaufman
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: New York Central
Topic: Leonard engineer 1900 s
Replies: 8
Views: 3161

Re: Leonard engineer 1900 s

Yeah same here, BR&P,...some of the old timers I worked with were late 1929 to 1939 men, who talked about it if you asked, but a lot of them were layed off in the Depression too. Now the '40,'41, and '42 men, they talked about the old days and working (serving) in the WWII Railway Battalions around ...
by Jim Kaufman
Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: New York Central
Topic: Leonard engineer 1900 s
Replies: 8
Views: 3161

Re: Leonard engineer 1900 s

BR&P, sorry don't have anymore info on that wreck at Hudson, NY that occurred in the mid 60's. The people I worked with, who told me of the wreck, are sad to say, all gone now. The area where it happened was at the south end of Hudson yard, with a switch from the yard (east/land side) that came out ...
by Jim Kaufman
Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Penn Central
Topic: The Maybrook Line! Passing sidings
Replies: 13
Views: 7233

Re: The Maybrook Line! Passing sidings

I'll give a real quick story on the grades at CP Holmes. One night we had to take the siding, as we pulled down the siding and stopped, the rear end crew said we were "blocking" a crossing by a caboose "length"! Now the engr and I (the Conductor) looke at each other..."what crossing?" I told the the...

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