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Metro North Holiday Train

Metro North’s Holiday Train runs for two weeks of December of every year with high officials (MNR president, etc) to hand out small gifts and say thanks to the railroad’s employees. Train consists of the following this  year:
MNCR #204 (P32AC-DM)

 

MNCR #2

MNCR #1

 

MNCR #3

MNCR #201 (P32AC-DM)

Here’s videos of the train at 3 locations:Scarsdale (Harlem Line): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Rq8gOHfgM

Irvington (Hudson Line): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xCNnPYeQeA

Ossining (Hudson Line): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeOHZjn7FZs

HolidayTrainShow

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Metro-North wraps up Cos Cob switching complex restoration ahead of schedule

MTA Metro-North Railroad has completed a project to rebuild a switching control house in Cos Cob, Conn., four months ahead of schedule.

The project’s completion means that a nine-mile section of the New Haven Line between Port Chester, N.Y. and Stamford, Conn., is fully operational for the first time since May 10, when a fire destroyed the previous control house, Metro-North officials said in a press release.

The restored control house allows train dispatchers to switch trains from one track to another by moving small segments of rail in a complex of switches. Metro-North was able to speed up the restoration by using equipment already built and ready for installation at another complex with an identical switch layout. The repurposed, modern equipment reduced the amount of complicated wiring damaged in the fire, Metro-North officials said.

Building a new control house would normally take 18 months of design, fabrication, installation and testing. Initially, Metro-North had expected to expedite that by using a retired switching complex. The railroad ultimately expedited the project further by repurposing the modern complex.

“Metro-North is to be commended on a very creative solution to a complex problem,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker. “In addition, getting the job done ahead of time gives us more operating flexibility and improves reliability on the busiest rail line in the country.”

Pictured above is the old power station that used to supply electricity to run the trains. (Picture purchased from Charlie Gunn)
CosCobGreenTower
Photo by: Paul Pesante
Date: 7/9/2008
Notes: “GREEN” Tower at CP 229 at Cos Cob, CT. “GREEN” Tower used to control the interlocking plant at CP 229 in the good ol’ days of the New York, New Haven & Hartford, Penn Central, Conrail, then Metro-North until several years ago when the MNR Operations Control Center went online at GCT. The photographer is a railroad employee on railroad property with permission, and would like to remind everyone to keep railfanning legal and safe- Do not enter restricted areas!
This Signal Station was once referred to as “SS29”. Want to find out more on New Haven Signal Stations? Check out
If you are in South Norwalk, Connecticut, check out the SONO Switch Tower Museum to view the “Cos Cob Power Board” which is an “operating” exhibit.The Cos Cob Power Board was designed to switch and control the 11,000-volt power generated at the Cos Cob Power Station to the electrified tracks of the New Haven RR.
Inside the Signal Station (photo from MTA Metro North Railroad
Inside the Signal Station (photo from MTA Metro North Railroad

 

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