LIRR Slang Phrases

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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby nyandw » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:04 am

Head-end View wrote:Thanks nyandw ! Very interesting history.

Thank you. Always looking to add!
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby 452 Card » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:16 pm

1) "I can't believe I hit the Montauk on the first-day vacancy. Nobody picked it! Since I don't have the whiskers to own this job, I'm going to put a hold-down on it for the rest of the week. Some times the List works in strange ways!"

2) "Did you hear what Joe did to Bob? he's gonna regret it. The worm always turns!"

3) "I fall for the late Oyster Bay and get a Yellowbird and three Zips for the eastbound out of the Storage Yard. So much for controlled emergency stops tonight!"

And so on..............
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby nyandw » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:38 am

452 Card wrote:1)"I fall for the late Oyster Bay and get a Yellowbird and three Zips for the eastbound out of the Storage Yard. So much for controlled emergency stops tonight!"
And so on..............


I'm always looking to add specific LIRR phrases as Dutch indicated prior that phrases were not only LIRR utilized. OK: Yellowbird?
Is this in reference to MTA yellow front nose on the C420s 1968+?

You added: "...And so on..." Please do so. Thank you.
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby 452 Card » Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:08 pm

ALCO C420 units 222 through 229, before they were banished to freight. They had a timer connected to the brake pipe recharge valve that prevented instant recharging of brake pipe pressure after an emergency application. Also, the ride quality was like being on top of a giant slinky standing erect. They leaned a lot in curves.
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby nyandw » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:17 pm

What are the yellowbirds?
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby Kelly&Kelly » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:18 am

Montauk trains routed down the Atlantic Branch are said by block operators and dispatchers to be routed "On the Avenue" .
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby gamer4616 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:26 pm

"down the avenue"
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby nyandw » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:19 pm

gamer4616 wrote:"down the avenue"
Thanks folks... keep 'em coming! Define yellowbirds, please.
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:41 pm

The term "underjump" has been mentioned in other threads. They were called "duck-unders" on the PRR, but I never saw or heard "underjump" except on the LIRR.
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby Kelly&Kelly » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:50 am

I've several times heard the older generation (those hired in the 40's and 50's) refer to the Montauk Branch as "the Southern Road".
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby nyandw » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:23 am

nyandw wrote:What are the yellowbirds?

Would these be the "yellowbirds"?
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby nyandw » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:24 am

Kelly&Kelly wrote:I've several times heard the older generation (those hired in the 40's and 50's) refer to the Montauk Branch as "the Southern Road".


Thanks, anyone else concur or elaborate?
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby krispy » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:42 pm

K&K is highly versed in such things, and I eagerly look forward to a book some time in the future. I can vouch for this, some of the old farts who taught me Hall mentioned this as well. Jay and Hall were so big as to merit levermen, and so portions of the interlocking board had letters painted on them to denote various routes that the train director would shout out to the leverman. One such route was "S to O", and it stood for Southern Road. A brief explanation followed about the various lines that were part of the LIRR, but I was brand new, bewildered by the mess of paint on the board, and having to learn this from some truly eccentric characters, so alas I can't recall the specifics.
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby nyandw » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:12 pm

krispy wrote:K&K is highly versed in such things, and I eagerly look forward to a book some time in the future. I can vouch for this, some of the old farts who taught me Hall mentioned this as well. Jay and Hall were so big as to merit levermen, and so portions of the interlocking board had letters painted on them to denote various routes that the train director would shout out to the leverman. One such route was "S to O", and it stood for Southern Road. A brief explanation followed about the various lines that were part of the LIRR, but I was brand new, bewildered by the mess of paint on the board, and having to learn this from some truly eccentric characters, so alas I can't recall the specifics.


Thanks to you both. I din't intend to indicate that K&K was inaccurate, but rather to have further insight. Always appreciate the new info.
I found this today based on your inputs. Great.
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Re: LIRR Slang Phrases

Postby ConstanceR46 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:43 am

FAs weren't yellowbirds - they only became yellow long after pings had all left pax service.
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