That's a terrific story Noel, thanks for taking the time to post it.
Now if this railfan can add one I got second-hand (but the day after it happened)-
A gent I know was working as a conductor on a Conrail transfer move that went from North Bergen to Kearny in the wee hours. He said it was an easy job except for the fact most nights the DS held them at Journal Square for an hour or more. Some nights a lot more. The signal was located under the Journal Square Transportation Center, the concrete ceiling just over their heads. This caused the diesel exhaust to bank down and the noise of the prime movers seemed amplified. It was like a surround-sound effect.
One morning he groused to his engineer, "How can Kearny be plugged every
single night?" The engr was an old head and he laughed. "Is that what's bothering you, " he asked?
Then he took out his cell phone and called the Kearny yardmaster. He told the YM he was a night worker waiting for a PATH train at Journal Square. He said "one of your trains" had been sitting at the complex for a while and the diesel fumes were making him dizzy. "Any chance that train may be moving soon, Sir?"
He was told,"Yes sir, we're actually moving him now."
The conductor said about sixty seconds later they got a proceed signal.