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MNCR question
Posted by Lithonia Operator on Thursday, December 9, 2021 3:19 PM

I just photographed a southbound commuter train stopping at the New Hamburg station on the MNCR Hudson River line.

I was naturally expecting MNCR equipment to show up. But the cab car was Connecticut Commuter Rail, and the engine was MTA. I believe the cars may have been a mix of CCR and MNCR.

What's up with that?

Still in training.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, December 10, 2021 7:36 AM

Perfectly normal.  NY State owned and Connecticut State owned locomotives and trailer locomotive-hauled and pushed coaches are all in a common pool, and any can show up on any of the three MN commuter lines.

The DC-only MUs, all owened by NY State, are all on Hudson and Harlem.  THe Connecticut-owned (plus a few NY-State-owned, painted to match the Connwcticut-owned) AC-DC cars run ojmly oin the N ew Haven line and its New Canaan brach.



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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, January 15, 2022 10:38 AM
January 14, 2022
Grand Central Information Booth Closed for Maintenance Work
Information Booth at Iconic Clock Will be Closed Through Sunday, Jan. 30
MTA Metro-North Railroad is advising customers that the information booth located at the iconic clock on Grand Central Terminal’s main concourse will be closed starting today. The booth is expected to be closed for two weeks to accommodate maintenance work, and is expected to reopen on Sunday, Jan. 30. 
Customers will still be able to get assistance on the main concourse by visiting Ticket Window 28. Metro-North is also reminding customers of the many customer service channels available to them. 
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MYmta app – Customers who use the comprehensive MYmta smartphone app will see real-time travel information for all MTA services all in one place.–The “Service Status” box at new.MTA.infois always the definitive source for the latest status for each line. 
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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, January 15, 2022 10:47 AM

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, January 17, 2022 9:07 AM


Metro-North Winter Storm Warning


Jan 16, 2022, 11:10 PM (18 hours ago)


A winter storm is heading our way. Please avoid unnecessary travel if you can.

If you must travel, please use extra caution on platforms and hold on to handrails when using stairs. Give yourself extra time and check the TrainTime app or before you head out. 

Safe safe out there.




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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 10:09 AM

Lithonia Operator

I just photographed a southbound commuter train stopping at the New Hamburg station on the MNCR Hudson River line.

I was naturally expecting MNCR equipment to show up. But the cab car was Connecticut Commuter Rail, and the engine was MTA. I believe the cars may have been a mix of CCR and MNCR.

What's up with that?

A similar practice also occurs west of the Hudson.  MNCR contributes a number of coaches and locomotives to the NJ Transit pool based on the former Erie lines that operate into New York State.
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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 11:58 AM

We have had a number of posts about the Metro-North presence on the Port Jervis trains.

The question in context here is just a little different: was the train seen on the Hudson Line going to the connection via New Rochelle, or was it purely a Hudson Line train using 'pooled' equipment (we routinely saw the New Haven-painted FL9s in Garrison and Cold Spring when they were running)?

I have never seen a MNCR cab car on anything but a Port Jervis train, and I can't recall seeing one of the Metro-North locomotives on anything but one.  So there might be that difference...

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 11:07 AM

Again, the  Hudson, Harlem, nand New Haven non-MU equipment, locomotives and coaches, are in a  common pool.  So Connecticut equipmwnt can be seem on Hudson and Harlem trains.  This pool dows  not incude west-of-Hudson trains.

There is no Hudson Line connection via New Rochelle, except a  round-about non-revernue poaaible equipment move.

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