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Re: The Big Swap Of 2012 (R32,R42,R46)

Posted by Andrew Saucci on Sat May 26 23:33:20 2012, in response to Re: The Big Swap Of 2012 (R32,R42,R46), posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat May 26 21:35:31 2012.

"Memories are short. A number of years a go c/r Stuart Abranowicz (may have spelling wrong) was operating an R40 slant B train around 103 St. A female customer who was being assaulted ran to him for cover. She got saved, the c/r got shot, paralyzed (sp.?) and died after a few months. If he was in a locked transverse cab, rather than in full view outside the cab in between stations, he would be alive today. We do not want to lose any more c/r's like that."

But what would have happened to the passenger who was being assaulted? Does the conductor just stay in the locked cab in such a case? I know the answers aren't easy here, but I'm not sure the cab was the problem. Sounds as though the guy had a gun-- he probably could have shot the latch and forced the door if he really wanted to. Or he could shoot the conductor through the open window in the station. In any case, while I miss the railfan window, I rarely ride the subways to railfan; I usually just need to get from one place to another, and railfanning is incidental. If transverse cabs make things better somehow, okay.


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