on Mon Jan 13 18:07:05 2020, in response to Re: NYCTA M/Mís overalls., posted by Catfish 44 on Mon Jan 13 08:36:02 2020.
As I mentioned, after 1966, C/Rs and B/Os received uniforms from the TA but the M/M opted not to receive them and many started wearing street clothes like their LIRR and Conrail (now M/N) counterparts. I sometimes wore them over my good trousers since on days when I had a midday run and a gig that night. I would go directly from work to the performance and I didnít have time to go home and change so I would remove the overalls ald leave them at my work location till the next day. Even back in the days when uniforms were required, some brave M/M operated without the proper uniform. There was a M/M who worked the Brighton Exp who wore dar brown overalls instead of pinstripes and the #1 senior M/MN on the IRT, Freddie Day wore a dark suit and fedora hat even back in the days of the H-Vs on Bway. I still remember the first day I met him at V/C and he was coming from 240 Barn with a bunch of the car equipment employees who were in street clothes and I was quite surprise when this well dressed executive looking gentleman entered the M/Mís cab and charged up the train. Iím not sure of the exact year but sometime in the 1980s the MTA issued pinstripe overalls before changing to the current dark blue trousers with white shirts and black stripes. It seems that the trend these days is to get away from the railroad image on most transit systems although the last time I was in Chicago, many of the M/M (or RT Operators as they are now called) chose to wear hickory striped overalls.