Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

Moderators: GirlOnTheTrain, nomis, FL9AC, Jeff Smith

  by Clean Cab
Actually tracks 1 to 13 were all originally yard tracks. But in the late 1920's tracks 11, 12 and 13 were redesignated passenger tracks and track 12 was used to bulid the platform that serves tracks 11 and 13. That's why there is no track #12 in GCT.

  by DutchRailnut
The platform between 11 and 13 for years was only low level platform in GCT.
It was used for light weight NH trains like Daniel Webster and Roger Williams and the 3th one , so Mechanical forces could get to engines etc.
It was later raised to High level platform
  by metroduff
"n ... 2. The act of checking or testing of an individual against established standards."

To amplify MN Jim's comments for those who are unsure.

The inspection train is used on a fairly regular basis for railroad executives to ACTUALLY INSPECT the railroad with regard to specific issues or just to review the condition of the railroad in general. There are tables set up at the "observation" end of MN1 and MN2 (the original Phoebe Snow obs cars) so that they can sit there with track books and whatever else and look out through the large windows at the condition of the railroad. It is not push-pull, but I have heard that it was wyed at Put Junction once -- I am not sure this is true.

It is also used for other corporate functions, such as to enable the good folks at CDOT and the FTA to see the railroad with regard to issues the are discussing with Metro-North, as well as its annual use for the Holiday Train, which visits all the railroad's facilities to give the executives a chance to thank all the railroad's employees. It also generates extra revenue when used on fan trips, such as the FL-9 farewell, as a premium ride.