on Fri Jan 11 19:22:03 2019, in response to Re: Why weren't crew facilities added at Norwood?, posted by FormerVanWyckBlvdUser on Fri Jan 11 04:33:44 2019.
That was exactly the point I was making that the brake handle could be removed without a BIE. At one point, SOP on the IND was that at terminals, the M/M would just make a 20 lb reduction and remove the handle which was also in the instructions for changing ends in the WABCO instruction manuals. What I did notice is that the other transit companies in NY as well as the commuter RRs applied BIE when changing ends. It was always in the NYCT operating instructions to test the deadman's device on a train before departing the terminal although I never saw it done on either the IRT or BMT but only the IND. By the time I became a M/M in 1968, the procedure was changed and the M/M were required to place the BIE upon arrival at the terminal by using the deadmanís button as a test to insure it was working.