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Postby CRail » Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:00 am

Ill do what i can for ya, allthough any time ive ridden in a geep its been a pretty nice ride.


I rode in from haverhill yesterday (sunday, 1/2/05) and went through the tunnel in malden picturing the lights out and it seemed it would be pretty fun.

I was riding a train (for ST214's info, it was a rebuild :wink: ) in from ashland (official residence) and we lost power out side yawkee for 10 mins. Then again in the tunnel before back bay. DARK!!!! People were less then pleased with that trip, but i felt bad for the conductor for being blamed for it as though she had the plug for the train in her hand and was laughing about it, and i give her a lot of credit for not giving them a mouthfull of their own juice.
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Postby BC Eagle » Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:06 am

That's a great story!

When I was a small child, my family would take the blue line if we were going into Boston. I would always insist we ride the first car, so I could take the seat immediately behind the driver to look out the front of the car. One time, the driver noticed this, opened the door, and invited me to "drive" the train. He let me hold my hand on the control that regulates the train's speed, and blow the horn as much as I wanted. I got to do this from Revere Beach to Orient Heights, and I was in all my glory. At Orient Heights I had to go back and sit down in the train, because the driver told me he "could get in trouble with his bosses there". Nevertheless, that act of kindness by the Blue Line Operator was a memory I'll never forget.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:14 am

My first cab ride on an MBTA train was in 88 or 89, on the #1015 from South Station to Needham Heights.

First one I got to run was #1069 a few years later from Hyde Park to Stoughton.
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Postby CRail » Mon Jan 03, 2005 2:19 pm

I wish i kept track of what CR power I've run. I believe my first time my train was being pushed by 1005 from one of the tracks that run along the west side of the BET, to north station. I did 3 house jobs that day, then walked across the drawbridge back to the BET where the engineer was parked, we then went home (i lived with him at the time, the fact that I lived with an engineer was quite the coincidence)
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Mon Jan 03, 2005 5:02 pm

i have had cab rides this year in 1015 as well
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Postby jwhite07 » Mon Jan 03, 2005 6:44 pm

Umm, might I suggest before this gets too informative, you should not volunteer too much more detail than you are already have in your tales of cab rides. Even generalities, in enough quantity, can be quite a bit of information. And I know for a fact that "Big Brother" at the very least knows this forum exists.
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Postby 130MM » Mon Jan 03, 2005 7:53 pm

jwhite07 wrote:Umm, might I suggest before this gets too informative, you should not volunteer too much more detail than you are already have in your tales of cab rides. Even generalities, in enough quantity, can be quite a bit of information. And I know for a fact that "Big Brother" at the very least knows this forum exists.


Well j07, they can't get to my Dad now. He's gone to the big enginehouse in the sky. Anyway... he let me run a B&M GP-9 on the Central Mass back in '74. Of course the track was only 10 MPH. Didn't write down the number -- didn't even know I was supposed to do those things back then!

Also, rode in the cab of many a Budd car starting when I was just tall enough to see out the window. Someone from the T got on at N. Billerica, so I always had to be scarce at that station.
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:18 pm

i wouldn't want anyone to get into trouble
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Postby CSX Conductor » Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:32 pm

Jonathon is correct everybody. Anybody who is not an employee of the railroad who is in the cab of a locomotive is actually violating NORAC Rule "L". And if caught, th engineer who permits you to ride with him/her would also be violating Rule L.

This has strayed way off the original topic. I believe it is time to get back on track. (No pun intended of course) :wink:
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Postby CSX Conductor » Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:04 pm

Actually Robert, wrong thread. LOL.

the original topic was Snoozer's rollercoaster ride in the dark on the Haverhill Line thanks to a good ole GP40. :P
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:53 pm

That's right, but for Red Line/Orange Line/Blue Line, NORAC Rule "L" obviously doesn't apply, but MBTA has a policy that does not allow for motormen to let passengers or other non-MBTA staff to ride in subway car cabs.

Actually Robert, wrong thread. LOL.

the original topic was Snoozer's rollercoaster ride in the dark on the Haverhill Line thanks to a good ole GP40. :P


OOps sorry about that CSXTC.

I'll see if people start talking about Snoozer's Oddysey, but if not, I'll have to close this.
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Postby ST214 » Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:40 pm

I'm still wondering what GP40MC hiccuped.

BTW, i have also had a ride in the cab of an 01800. Got to blow the horn in the tunnel too.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:45 pm

I am so impressed ! Can I get your autograph? :P
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Postby ST214 » Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:54 pm

Send me your address and i'll mail it to you!!!!!!!! :P
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