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Re: R16 Scenes

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri Apr 13 12:40:18 2012, in response to Re: R16 Scenes, posted by CJ on Thu Apr 12 19:16:17 2012.

* Nov. 13. Behaving sluggishly, No. 6321 is taken out of service at the Knickerbocker Avenue station in Brooklyn at 6:30 A.M. because the conductor does not think the train can make it over the Williamsburg Bridge. The passengers are discharged, and the train heads for the East New York shop. One other train is canceled as a result.

I believe this is the incident I often refer to when communicating just how bad the 16's were by 1986. IIRC, there was also a switch malfunction at Metropolitan Ave which prevented the track with an R27 consist from being used (couldn't cross over). The 8 car R16 on the other track was destined to be taken OOS, but due to the need to get something going, the train was cut in half and run as a 4 car train. Short train + 30 minute delay = jam packed out of Fresh Pond. The train exploded at Knickerbocker Ave, died and went OOS, I had to walk to Myrtle/Broadway with a block ticket because the B55 couldn't handle the influx. I never made note of the car numbers, so I cannot confirm. The timing of the incident is also a little earlier than I remember.

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