Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby trainbrain » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:55 am

I meant it had never been used in revenue service, which is true.

Also, I saw a video somewhere of a northbound G train on the express track at Smith 9th Street (at that time, southbound F train were all running express due to a stalled train at Carroll Street). There is no track connection back to the Crosstown Line from the express tracks north of Smith 9th Street, so this train had to have discharged at Jay Street, York Street, or it had to continue into Manhattan.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby GirlOnTheTrain » Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:30 am

As mentioned earlier in this topic - G trains running in Manhattan are not entirely unheard of...
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby rr503 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:53 am

Correct -- I had the pleasure of being on one many many years back.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby trainbrain » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:01 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUPKzksapPI

M trains running on Second Avenue. Must've continued via the F to 63rd Street and then switched to the Q side of the station. There is no way for an M train to get onto the Broadway Line at all. Oddly enough this was on a weekend when it normally terminates at Delancey Street, so one would think it would just have run to Forest Hills like it does on weekdays instead of doing this.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby railfan365 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:14 pm

To reply to something a few posts back - of course the Q side of Lex/63rd did not see revenue service until the start of SAS service. Those tracks stub ended at the East end of the station until Phase I was built. i do remember it well that trains ran between Queens and the Broadway line via 63rd Street going back to 1989 when the 63rd Street tunnel finally opened, with the tracks on the North sdie being used for layup until construction of SAS Phase I was underway.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby GirlOnTheTrain » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:54 am

A little birdy informs me that there are 160s running around on the D line this morning.

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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby trainbrain » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:38 pm

I found this video of a ride on an R68A W train on a weekend. The description says that it was taken on Saturday March 25th.

https://youtu.be/RVHs_OhNJBo

Obviously the W doesn't run on weekends, but the description said that there was a service change that weekend and 7 trains weren't running west of Queensboro Plaza. I guess since the 7 wasn't running into Manhattan, they needed to have extra capacity on the Astoria Line, so they decided to run the W that weekend.

Can anyone confirm if this actually happened, and if it would be something that could be done in the future?
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby GirlOnTheTrain » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:05 am

Sounds about right - I remember people making a giant deal about it at the time.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby octr202 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:30 am

Makes sense. I recall getting weekend Q trains to Astoria when the 7 was shut down, back in the way back before Second Ave opened up.

We often stay in LIC when visiting, and usually found the extra service on the N/Q was more convenient to where we were going than having the 7 running...one of those nice flukes of weekend diversions.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby trainbrain » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:28 pm

Found a recent video of an R68A R train. Description said it was due to a shortage of the normal equipment the R uses, so a train of R68A's was borrowed from Coney Island Yard and ran on the R for some amount of trips today. Any idea what was going on?
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby GirlOnTheTrain » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:56 am

They were short a train because a 46 was broken. Coney Island supplied that in exchange...nothing earthshattering.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby Allan » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:56 pm

This weekends' (10/6-10/8/17) planned work has an interesting reroute:

D trains will operate over the A line between 59th St-Columbus Circle to Jay St-MetroTech and then on the F line (Culver line) to Stillwell Av-Coney Island.

[This is sort of a homecoming for the D as it ran on the Culver Line (todays' F line) between 1954 and 1967 when the connector from Church Av was opened. In 1967 when the Chrystie St connection over the Manhattan Bridge was opened the D was assigned to the Brighton line and the F took over the Culver line.]

F trains will operate on the Q line after between 63rd St-Lexington Av and Dekalb Av. From Dekalb Av it will operate over the 4th Av line (D,N,R) to 36th St (Brooklyn) where it will operate over the D line (West End) to Stillwell Av-Coney Island.

In spite of all the posted signage on the stations, I am sure this will raise a lot of confused eyebrows as trains pull in.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby rr503 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:14 am

Yyyyyup the lauded Culver Swap. Theyve done this a few times before, and invariably you see confused straphangers. I live on the F line in BK so I'm looking forward to a fun, fun weekend.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby trainbrain » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:59 am

Looks like all of 6th Ave is closed this weekend, so D trains are running on 8th Ave and F trains running on Broadway. The Culver swap happens because there is no way for D trains to get to the Manhattan Bridge from 8th Ave, so they have it go on the F line, and then have the F cover the D line. Having the D go on 8th Ave and the F go on Broadway is better than having them both go on 8th Ave as was done before SAS opened because they don't have to run more than 2 services on one track. Usually when running both on 8th Ave, the F ran local with the C and E and the D ran express with the A. This meant there were 3 services on the local track and delays, and nothing could get onto the D line in Brooklyn, meaning it had to run in two sections. On weekends the F can run express with the Q on Broadway and running two services on one line is routine, unlike trying to run three, and service in Brooklyn is much closer to normal.
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Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Postby eastwind » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:08 pm

trainbrain wrote:Looks like all of 6th Ave is closed this weekend

Isn't it unusual to close a midtown trunk line entirely, especially for days, not hours?
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