NY Post - Daredevil motorman a rail hero

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NY Post - Daredevil motorman a rail hero

Post by MNCRR9000 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:13 pm

Found this article from the New York Post Today.
It was a "suicide mission" that had him side-stepping the third rail in blinding snow.

A motorman whose A train got stuck during the blizzard recounted the treacherous night, saying yesterday that he climbed onto the tracks a terrifying 20 times over a desolate stretch of Jamaica Bay to manually clear snow from the signals.

Yann Willam Hicks, who's been a driver for four years, was forced to do the work by hand because the metal "signal" arms that automatically shut down a train when they're hit were frozen in the upright position.

"I had to get off at every signal because they were stuck in the upright position. I did this on the bridges above the water!" Hicks said. "We'd travel for a bit, get stuck, I'd get out, then we'd travel again. This happened about 20 times."
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/quee ... z19WPNyZ91

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Re: NY Post - Daredevil motorman a rail hero

Post by railfan365 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:43 pm

It's amazing. The dispatcher who sent those trains out should be fired IMMEDIATELY. Endangering the lives of crew members and stranding riders out on the line is a lot worse than having everyone stay where the were before boarding.

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Re: NY Post - Daredevil motorman a rail hero

Post by HBLR » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:49 am

That guy deserves a raise and a 2 week paid vacation somewhere warm.
No I'm not a railroad professional, but that doesn't mean I can't provide first hand observational comments.

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Re: NY Post - Daredevil motorman a rail hero

Post by BobLI » Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:07 am

The MTA will probably dig up an obscure rule and give that motorman a trip to the street for 30 days.

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Re: NY Post - Daredevil motorman a rail hero

Post by keithsy » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:19 pm

There is a road to a hot place that is paved with good intentions.

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