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Sometimes, you want to know and you don't want to know

Colin B was on the 593 train to Framingham this afternoon when the PA blared: "Does anyone have any dry cleaning? We need a coat hanger up at the head car."



It could be for a MacGyver-like improvised pantograph to convert a dying diesel into an electric train - but there's no catenary on that line.

Did the engineer lock him (her) self out of the locomotive?

Please tell me the train wasn't moving when this announcement was made.


Every locomotive and cab car has a dead man's switch that will automatically activate the brakes if the engineer leaves the controls for more than 20 seconds. If they somehow locked themselves out of the locomotive or cab car, then the train would safely stop itself. Additionally, there are emergency brake handles throughout the train. No MacGyvering is needed to stop the train.

its a thing. the mbta has fired at least 3 employees in last 20 years for such occurrences. the red line trolley that traveled from braintree to north quincy a few years was a good example. the guy driving wrapped his radio cord around accelerator so he could put his gloves on and not have to stop the train.


remember Pelham 123?

Original or remake?

Hmmm... Maybe that's a way to pump some money into the T. Have some blockbuster summer action thriller movie filmed on the T. The studio will gladly pay tons of money to use the T, right? Right?

How about a new goal for the MBTA - obviously keeping to a schedule is too much to ask... I'd suggest just staying out of the news for 1 week. No coat hangers, no fires, no derailments, no deaths, no 'mechanical issues', no trees, cars, animals, leaves, snow on the track, no heat issues, no electrical problems. Just stay out of the news for 1 week.

An engineer friend and another buddy were in readville to start a morning run but the train wouldn't start. So my engineer friend, on the cusp if retirement, curses, grabs a screw driver and disappears somewhere in the back of the locomotive. Comes back, hits the ignition and the thing turns over.

Sadly he's retired now and not sure the younger guys would have a clue about how to do this (maybe they just use hangers instead?). On the bright side, we are gradually getting new locomotives that don't need these kind of duct tape and spit repairs.

millennials amiright?

jeez only guys close to retirement know how to use a screwdriver. it is so obvious.


Srsly urrite! Magoo.

Anyway, if a millennial started working right out of high school (2000) they'd have nearly 20 years of experience by now and wouldn't be considered a young guy.

so they know how to use a screwdriver? when exactly are you not young enough to know how to use a screwdriver...inquiring minds and all....

Do you really think there's no difference between "using a screwdriver" verses knowing exactly what component needs to be tweaked, and by how much, in order to fix a specific problem in a complex and aging machine?

i thought i read the old guy on the cusp of retirement cursed and grabbed a screwdriver disappeared behind the train then magic. then i thought i saw something written about how sadly the old guy is retired now and how the poster is not sure the young guys would have a clue on how to do this because.... young? but ya whatever man, what i think? its weird to assume only older people can fix trains.


this actually took you time to do.

you twisted.