- Man With Stolen Cash Register Arrested on LIRR Trains
- I've seen a lot of strange things carried onboard LIRR trains (especially on my Montauk Branch ones during the summer!) But this time, a Newark man apparently attempted to conceal a stolen cash register while on a LIRR train earlier in the week. As you might guess, toting around a cash register isn't the best way to "act natural", so the police were alerted and the man was apprehended at Jamaica. None of the articles online mentioned what train it was (high quality reporting these days!), but they did say it was going to Penn Station (which really narrows it down...). The moral of the story is, if you're going to steal something and use the LIRR as your getaway driver, make the thing you're going to steal a bit less obvious.
- Santa Visits the RMLI
- Santa will be visiting the Railroad Museum of Long Island this weekend and next weekend to pose for some pictures and the like. He will be at the RMLI's Greenport Museum site this weekend (Dec 7-8, 2013) from 11:30am to 3:00pm and then he will be at the RMLI's Riverhead site at the same times next weekend (Dec 14-15). Admission is free, but, awkwardly, the LIRR's weekend Greenport service has concluded for the winter, so you'll have to drive to get out there.
- The FRA Throws the Book at Metro-North
- In a statement that came from the FRA not more than a few hours ago, the nation's regulator of railroads demanded that Metro-North make some immediate changes to make its operations safer. One of the things MNCR has to do is to diversify their simplistic Cab Signaling/ASC systems a little bit more to include some "cab signal drops" (sometimes referred to as "phantom signals") to alert the engineer of locations where the speed limit drops by 20mph or more and automatically take action if the system does not respond. It's no substitute for Positive Train Control, but it's better than what they have now.
Enjoy your weekend!