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From: "Paul R DOT Tupaczewski" paultup AT comcast DOT net
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 20:20:41 -0400
Subject: RE: (erielack) Semi-permanently coupled MU FACTS
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Yeah, can you explain the attached photo then? :)

- Paul

> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 10:09 AM
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> Subject: Re: (erielack) Semi-permanently coupled MU FACTS
> With the resent talk on MUs I would like to try and keep
> History correct, so:
> A few facts:
> One motor car and trailer car made up what was considered a set.
> All trains ran with x number of sets.
> Power cars were generally the east car of each set.
> The exception to all this was that there use to be a Thirteen
> Car train during rush hour that went to Dover.
> Upon arrival at Dover the engineer would have to pull the
> knife switch in the west two motor cars, then drop all the
> Pans, via the drop pan button, then put them all back up via
> the pans up button. All would go back up except the two
> motor cars with the knife switch pulled. It could then go
> west of the station to make the reverse and NOT run off the
> wire. It's believed that 12 car trains would have to do that
> to one power car, but that seems to be a grey area, as to
> whether or not it was 10 or 12 cars that fit west of the cross
> overs at Dover, but you get the point. The extra car was
> usually a power
> car, but it didn't have to be. If it was you had a better
> train. Theoretically it could have been the extra car on
> either end of the train. If it was on the west end it would
> have had to have been turned.
> Motor cars COULD run by them selves, Old timers recall
> going out to west
> end and turning single cars all by them selves.
> Parlor cars were not the cars that made odd numbered car sets.
> They were MUed with a power car to make a set. This set
> could and was
> reversed on SOME trains so that the paying parlor car patrons
> got off at the bumper in Hoboken, ( reducing their walk ).
> There was no such thing as one car MU trains on the
> Lackawanna, nor was there any special car or cars for that purpose.
> Power and trailer cars had controls on ONE end only.
> Did I miss anything?
> Bob Bahrs
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