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Author:  RCD [ Sun Nov 20, 2022 1:41 pm ]
Post subject:  NYC subway questions

A few questions about the New York City subway system first of all is there a difference between a conductor's cab and a motorman's cab? My understanding was a subway cars that had half cab at each end like the red birds and R62 could in theory be operated as a single car from both ends like a double-ended trolley. It also seems it's a subways have a different amount of notches than the standard 8 that they work and it's somewhat different way.
If this is correct how do they work?

Author:  EJ Berry [ Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NYC subway questions

On the older cars the door control and motorman's controller and brakestand were in the same half-cab. The conductor uses one in the middle of the train. Depending on which side the platform is on, the conductor may have to change to the cab on the adjacent car.

Subways have a completely different control from locomotives. Most older cars have automatic acceleration and these older cars have three points on the controller: switching, series and parallel. This will vary from one class to another and the 1980's era R-62's may have a different control system. More modern cars have more sophisticated control systems that vary from one class to another. NY in particular has had many control systems in its huge fleet

Phil Mulligan

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