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Re: Why weren't crew facilities added at Norwood?

Posted by FormerVanWyckBlvdUser on Fri Jan 11 04:33:44 2019, in response to Re: Why weren't crew facilities added at Norwood?, posted by randyo on Fri Jan 11 01:20:28 2019.

Actually, the brake handle on R1/9 (without throwing the air brake into emergency) COULD be removed. M/M just had to apply the brakes for a bit, then move the handle up until the (I believe) the red needle went down enough, then move the handle to the lap position (I think) where the notch was and remove it.

The next M/M could insert his handle and push it forward toward the RELEASE position to release the brakes. Train was heavy enough so that it didn't move until power was applied.

I saw this done more than once at 179th St or at 71st/Continental so that the entire charge up procedure didn't have to be done, saving time.

I don't know if they put out a directive to stop doing it, but I saw it done enough times as young person.

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