Kelly&Kelly wrote:The M-7's can be best compared to a unibody auto; the rigidity is in the body. When the body gets twisted into misalignment, it can be difficult and costly to repair.I would bring up the legendary 1964-1965-1966 Chrysler Imperials, the last before unibody construction. These were so well built and basically indestructible, they have been banned from crash derbies.
Most everything the LIRR chooses to do that involves spending taxpayer dollars is subjected to scrutiny by the public and by the media. Decisions are evaluated by a sensationalist press and by oppositional self-serving political adversaries. Public opinion of the railroad's actions is seldom guided by facts alone.K & K, could you explain further what public critique and political fallout can come out of rebuilding/repairing damaged train cars? I don't really get why this is such a sensitive issue.