"train booth" and track power control

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CLamb
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"train booth" and track power control

Post by CLamb » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:01 pm

This article http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mta ... bled=false says, "He ran up to the train booth and told an attendant in charge to cut the power." Are they speaking of a booth that sells metrocards? I didn't know they had any control over the track power.

Allan
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Re: "train booth" and track power control

Post by Allan » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:35 pm

CLamb wrote:This article http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mta ... bled=false says, "He ran up to the train booth and told an attendant in charge to cut the power." Are they speaking of a booth that sells metrocards? I didn't know they had any control over the track power.
They don't. What the station agent (the person in the booth) was supposed to do is pick up the phone and call it in. Apparently that did not happen.

Other questions that come up is why didn't anyone hear the off-duty train operator when he used his radio and why didn't the off-duty train operator use the emergency power cut-off switch at the end of the station (at track level).

On the second question it is possible that he just didn't have enough time to climb down to the track bed as the train was approaching but others have raised that question which is why I included it.

It was lucky that the 'flashlight' method was able to get the train stopped in time.

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Re: "train booth" and track power control

Post by DaveBarraza » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:55 pm

There woyld have been a power cut for both tracks at the end of the station platform, but not necessarily on the track the TO was on. And cuttibg the 3rd rail does not guarantee a stop. TOs are trained to coast into a station if possible when they lose power.

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