a few accidents, H&M, PATH (Blood & Guts)

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a few accidents, H&M, PATH (Blood & Guts)

Post by philipmartin » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:08 pm

There is a switch off off the westbound PATH track, west of Hudson, that leads to some yard tracks, next to the Morris & Essex. It's a rusty rail. One night, many years ago, the operator at Hudson, put a drill over it, in the clear (he hoped), in the yard. Actually the drill was still fouling the main track. The operator didn't want to delay an approaching H&M train; so when the drill showed clear on the model board, he normalled the switch and pulled up for the H&M. The H&M hit the drill.
Another time, many years ago, an H&M train failed to stop when the bridge at Dock was open. The guys at Dock saw him coming, and got the bridge far enough down so that the top of the lead car caught it. They theorized that a metal handle above the motorman's head had fallen off, and knocked him out, just before the crash.
In the late 1960s a laborer, working in Journal Square, wedged his leg between the third rail and his crow bar, and was killed. That was supposed to have been the second fatality, due to third rail, in the history of the H&M/PATH.

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