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The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby Marge s » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:38 am

I find it hard to believe but people are saying the Babylon train wash has cost twenty five million dollars (so far) and they still can't use it. They could of just hired four guys with powerwashers overnight for one hundred twenty five years.(4x50k x 125) you can't make this stuff up!
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby Doc Emmet Brown » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:49 am

Yes its amazing the prices we would hear sometimes, gotta wonder.
Back in the 80's or so, they decided to extend tracks 18 and 19 in Penn 2 car lengths on the west end.
If I recall correctly the price was 20 million or so, and that was in 80's money.
20 million for 2 car lengths.. yikes.
Then they would nickle and dime us over overtime claims, or meal period claims.
Was an "interesting" place to work.
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby Head-end View » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:02 pm

I often wonder why the LIRR lacks enough train washing capability. The M-7's always look dull and dirty....... Even SEPTA in Philadelphia does better. Their 30 year old Silverliners even today look bright and shiny.
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby ElliotCourtney » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:40 pm

Oh Mr. Tool......
Stay on the right 4' 8.5"
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:53 pm

Head-end View wrote:I often wonder why the LIRR lacks enough train washing capability. The M-7's always look dull and dirty....... Even SEPTA in Philadelphia does better. Their 30 year old Silverliners even today look bright and shiny.

Not always, but perhaps more so in the winter with salt/dirt. But MNCR's M-7As do look better.
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby nyandw » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:14 pm

Could you folks elaborate? Newsday article or....? Thanks!
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby peanut1 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:29 pm

When is this train wash in Babylon suppose to open and be functional? I know it's built and it looks ready to go. Anybody have any info?
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby LongIslandTool » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:45 am

I'm sure you know where The Tool stands on this one.

$27 million for the car wash. It doesn't work by the way and needs millions more in modifications.

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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby Head-end View » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:03 am

Why doesn't the car wash work?
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby Marge s » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:45 pm

Derek Jeter built his mansion for the same price!! someone should be going to jail.
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby condr78 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:07 pm

Maybe they should copy the old car wash in Richmond Hill.It worked well for many years. It was so good the acid bath destroyed the paint finishes and rusted out the car bodies on the old conventionals
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby my2cents » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:45 am

When they built the new Richmond Hill carwash, they had problems after they installed it too. And lets not forget KO carwash. How long did it take to get that automated wonder to work. I remember they called out crews to do test trains while tryingto get it up and running. Paid for of course by the company who installed it.
If the Babyoncarwash isn't working after the install, I don't think the LIRR should have to pay anything additional to the company. That's the bid...
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby Head-end View » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:08 pm

I really don't understand this. I can't believe that train-washing machinery is rocket-science. Why do these things not work as intended?
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby Doc Emmet Brown » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:44 pm

What was wrong with the old one? Something about the soap and water running into the creek there?
Had a new brakeman on a few occasions, and I would always warn them when we got to babylon, be careful walking up, we are washing the train.
One evening we were washing, and I got off at the walk and went to the old trainmans room.
Few minutes later the brakeman came in totaly drenched, soaked from head to toe.
I said what happened? He said he saw us go through the first part of the wash, and brushes and thought it was over. He walked between the cars during the rinse.
I let him go home to shower and change.. not i good idea having that wash water on you.
Apparently he was ok, he still works for the RR.
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Re: The 25$ million Trainwash

Postby SwingMan » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:43 am

Doc Emmet Brown wrote:What was wrong with the old one? Something about the soap and water running into the creek there?
Had a new brakeman on a few occasions, and I would always warn them when we got to babylon, be careful walking up, we are washing the train.
One evening we were washing, and I got off at the walk and went to the old trainmans room.
Few minutes later the brakeman came in totaly drenched, soaked from head to toe.
I said what happened? He said he saw us go through the first part of the wash, and brushes and thought it was over. He walked between the cars during the rinse.
I let him go home to shower and change.. not i good idea having that wash water on you.
Apparently he was ok, he still works for the RR.



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