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Derailed – Part 2

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment
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This is so sad. How anyone can think we have our priorities right as a country with a situation like this is beyond me. When are people going to learn that what’s good for some of us, is good for all of us. We’re all in this together. Maybe those business owners whose employees have not been able to make it to work from this will finally realize that yes, you have to pay into the pool if you want our economy to keeping running. Trains relying on century-old equipment = trains that don’t run = businesses that don’t run. From The NY Times:

The electrical travel chaos on the Long Island Rail Road on Monday offered a frustrating reminder of the fragility of a rail network still dependent on antiquated equipment.

Embedded along the railroad tracks by Jamaica Station, and soaked by rain from the night before, two or more cables shorted out around 11 a.m., the authorities said, sending a pulse of electricity into a nearby train control tower and setting fire to the century-old equipment inside.

It seems improbable that a piece of ancient machinery, a contraption of levers and pulleys designed in 1913, would be critical to the successful operation of one of the nation’s largest commuter railroads.

But the machinery, which remained on fire for about an hour, controls the 155 track switches at a crucial choke point: Jamaica Station, which 10 of the railroad’s 11 branches must travel through to get in and out of New York City.

With no way to direct trains onto their proper routes, railroad workers scrambled onto the tracks, spikes and mallets in hand, to lock the switches into place manually so that trains could travel by, a practice known in railroad parlance as “block and spike.”

Read the entire article here:
Published: August 24, 2010
Delays continued on the Long Island Rail Road Tuesday, and Amtrak suspended service on the Northeast Corridor.

LIRR Service Suspended

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

In case you have been actually doing what you’re supposed to be doing today (working), and haven’t had a chance to check the news, this is shaping up to be a major headache for this evening’s rush. Try to arrange an alternative way home if you regularly take the LIRR. Luckily, we have the subway – let’s all pray that holds together for the rest of today.

N.Y. / Region
By By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM and ANDY NEWMAN
Published: August 23, 2010
The Long Island Rail Road has been stopped almost dead in its tracks since 11 a.m. due to a fire in a switching tower.
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