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Shuttlebutt: The Troubles With "Harry"

Posted by Widecab5 on Mon Dec 24 00:42:15 2012

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Here's a few more bits of H-Line Shuttlebutt:

There's no power in the terminal building at Rockaway Park. It may be related to the adjacent commercial block which reportedly had a massive gas explosion and fire, and remains a large pile of rubble. One or two attached businesses are still running on generator power (as of 12/21). Perhaps LIPA provided a common power source?

The station platforms (B 116, B 105 and B 98), plus Rock Park Yard, DO have power.

The reason given for changing out the equipment immediately, despite other rumored causes, was a gapping incident at Hammels wye. The third rail on the connector is still profiled for the LIRR, which had slightly longer equipment (MP-54s were 64 feet). The short R-32 train got stuck when approaching the crossover to B 90 and had to get pushed, this according to an employee on scene. A 75-footer presents no such hazard.

When there on Friday 12/21 I was advised that would indeed be the ONLY day of equipment transition, and it was (2 R-32, 1 R-46).

(Right Place, Right Time...)

Pre-service inspections were performed on two additional R-46 sets that day and the trains were ready for service by Saturday morning.

The last 8 R-32 were swapped out Friday night.

Installation of cameras and monitor displays for OPTO were only begun last week and will consume a few weeks to get up and running. Two things with this:

1) Since it is very expensive CCTV equipment it points to a long-term expectation of use, bearing out estimates of a restoration no earlier than next summer, and

2) Doubtful that OPTO would be initiated until the monitors are activated.

Remember the Kerfuffle about the J line not having proper monitors so there were restrictions on the R-160's for a bit?

Regards,

George Chiasson Jr.
(Widecab5@aol.com)

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