by R36 Combine Coach
Arborwayfan wrote: ↑Mon May 03, 2021 9:41 pm The splitting to serve different routes makes sense. I had forgotten about that. Of course, then youWould ICC/FRA rules require two-man crews at minimum? SEPTA tried running the Newtown Branch in the early
need to bring along an extra engineer, or pick one up at the station where you split.
Why are MUs more possible for one-person operation? Because the engineer is in the same car with some of the passengers, or something else?
80s with an RDC as non-FRA transit with one man (transit operator, not engineer) only with dismal results.
Lackawanna and later NJDOT split MUs at Summit, with one train to/from Dover and the other to/from
Gladstone, from a longer combined through train from Hoboken. PRSL did so with RDCs in South Jersey and
also Canadian carriers. Even Amtrak had a SPV on the the Springfield branch run though to Washington
on an Amfleet train (early 80s).
Even NJDOT's Arrow I MUs did so in their early years, running solo to South Amboy middays, and then coupled
together to form longer trains to accommodate the growing number of riders on the mainline for rush hours.
Since my friend continues to chain smoke nonstop, she is probably an Alco.