NYC subways MOW work.

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NYC subways MOW work.
Posted by G Mack on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:00 AM


I have been watching videos of the NYC subways on YouTube, especially Welcome To An Experience and David Limes videos, they are excellent. When watching these, I often wonder how the MOW workers get track work done. It seems to me, that in many areas the job of replacing cross ties, switches, and track would be a tremendous job given all the infrastructure and the limited access. Anyone know how this is done? Are there any videos out there that may show the MOW work on the subway lines? 




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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 11:17 AM

Some of the information you want is already posted on the Restoration in the New York Area thread on this Forum, but to answer directly:

Specific sectiuons  of track may removed from service, in some cases aropound the clock, but more often noights 11pm - 5am plus weekends, for periods of weeks or even two months.

When three or four tracks are available, usiallu one track is  out oif service.  No express service with all trains making local stops.  Or no local service in one direction, with some passengers needing to neediung to reverse direction.

When there are only two tracks, in one or both directionsm trains  may be rerouted.  The A and C are currently running via the F between West 4th Street and Jay street during nights and weekends.

In some cases, shuttle busses are uased.

By all means visit the subwayb system's websight for a complete picture.

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