Tag Archives: Reliability

Metro Admits Liability for June 22, 2009 Wreck

I’m glad to see that after over 2 1/2 years Metro has finally done the right thing and admitted liability for the June 22, 2009 wreck — even if it was for legal expediency. It is unclear to me why … Continue reading

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Cembre Connectors, Part 2

Back in January, I posted about the Cembre connectors Metro has been using for the past few years. A member of Metro management (who I knew casually the entire 27 years I was at Metro) recently discovered that post and … Continue reading

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Lack of Quick Access to Parts Causes Unneccessary Delays

One problem that never seemed to get resolved was the proper distribution and storage of parts.  For example, one relatively common failure that would cause delays was a bad impedance bond, or ‘bond’.  Every rail yard has a storeroom.  The … Continue reading

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Leak Repair

This photo was taken inside a train control room (TCR): Sometimes it takes a while for problems to get fixed at Metro and in the meantime we’d have to get creative.  Under the plastic is vital equipment that costs tens … Continue reading

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Dragging Equipment

Fairly often, parts of rail cars or track department equipment will come loose and be dragged along the tracks.  This often results in extensive damage to wayside Automatic Train Control (ATC) equipment. Usually, this causes substantial delays — particularly if … Continue reading

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ATC Test Equipment [Updated with additional photo 3-4-2011]

This photo shows the highly sophisticated cutting edge notebook PC that management provided us with: It is used to test a vital piece of equipment called the “Remote Terminal Unit” or RTU: The RTU carries ‘status’ and ‘control’ data and … Continue reading

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Help Wanted

The photo below shows fairly typical working conditions in many of the tunnels. I addition to dodging trains and avoiding the third rail, ATC technicians are expected to work on equipment that is surrounded by water and mud of unknown … Continue reading

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