The Gravy Train (Book)

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The Gravy Train (Book)

Postby ElliotCourtney » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:26 am

LIRR415 lent me this book and I have just finished it. It seems like a truthful account of the inside workings of the RR then....Was it really that bad then and does the same kid of attitudes/motivation still prevail?
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Re: The Gravy Train (Book)

Postby nyandw » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:52 pm

Ruppert, Dan The Gravy Train: An Inside Look at the Long Island Rail Road 2002
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Re: The Gravy Train (Book)

Postby LongIslandTool » Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:37 am

Yes it was and yes it is.

Ruppert was not the hero he presents himself to be, but was a low level manager who was extremely jealous of the skilled trades and the salaries they earned.
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Re: The Gravy Train (Book)

Postby Blockhead98 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:44 pm

Hi guys, it’s been awhile since I posted. On a related note, I have just been told by a trainee of a new urban legend. It seems that it would have been so expensive to get one of the tunnel boring machines out of one of the east side access tunnels that it was just cheaper to just wall it up and “bury” it. I can neither deny nor confirm that allegation.
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Re: The Gravy Train (Book)

Postby Nasadowsk » Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:24 pm

Tha'ts not terribly uncommon with TBMs, I believe the ones for the Channel Tunnel were turned and burried after use, too.
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Re: The Gravy Train (Book)

Postby DogBert » Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:42 pm

It's 100% true. Encased in concrete under park avenue well south of the station. Not uncommon either. Pretty sure there was a times article about it.
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Re: The Gravy Train (Book)

Postby jlr3266 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:08 pm

Correct. The logistics of extracting a TBM sometimes make it more expensive than gutting the hydraulics, pumps and hardware and abandoning the rest in place.
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