Third Rail at Grade Crossings

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jackintosh11
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Third Rail at Grade Crossings

Post by jackintosh11 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:20 pm

What is done about third rail at grade crossings on metro north? I can't imagine that it runs on the crossing, but how do the trains get power.
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Re: Third Rail at Grade Crossings

Post by RearOfSignal » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:30 pm

There's a gap in the third rail, the train just picks it up again on the other side. Only a problem if train is a single pair of MU's going very very slowly through the gap.
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Re: Third Rail at Grade Crossings

Post by Noel Weaver » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:57 pm

I have to wonder if there are any trains with only a single pair of cars anywhere in third rail territory on Metro-North. I have my doubts.
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Re: Third Rail at Grade Crossings

Post by Ridgefielder » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:13 pm

Noel Weaver wrote:I have to wonder if there are any trains with only a single pair of cars anywhere in third rail territory on Metro-North. I have my doubts.
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Certainly not in revenue service. Even the New Canaan Dink is usually 5 cars these days.

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Re: Third Rail at Grade Crossings

Post by DutchRailnut » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:34 pm

Noel I may have been last Foreman M of e to send a single pair of M-3a's on a train that required 6 cars in 1987.
after being questioned by chief my answer was do you think I am the Budd company and I can shit cars ??
nothing else was available.
Then wreck master Ed Whitney had shit fit when he saw it go by at NWP shop ;-)
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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