LongIslandTool wrote:The Long Island has a hard enough time keeping the contacts on the key mechanism working.
Perhaps some sort of radio control is in the future, but remember that the radio systems too are virtually unchanged since they were installed in '68.
My goodness, it is hard to believe that the radios came in 1968. This is just before we got them on the New York end of the
New Haven which began with the Penn Central takeover on January 1, 1969.
It is simply amazing the changes that taken place in the use of radio in the railroad industry during the past few years.
I can recall the days when we had one or two channel radios and that was it, not the multi channel panels that are common
today just about everywhere.
I can remember riding a fantrip from Boston to Bangor, Maine back in the late 70's or very early 80's when at Portland they
had to change out the radio on the engine to a Maine Central radio.
Back in the Penn Central days I would carry a scanner with me as sometimes we had no way to know just what channel the
engine radio would be working on. This was also true the first year or two of Conrail when we had engines from all over
the place, most of the radios had a lable on them as to the channel but some did not, again I would check out the radio on
the scanner to make sure we were on the right channel to hear the dispatcher and other trains.
Now today we even have ATCS to use to our benefit which is an offshoot of the radio system.