Category Archives: Ask Engine Bob

Engine Bob and ‘FDR’s Funeral Train’

It gives me tremendous pleasure to announce the springtime publication of a book about a most unique train ride that chugged through our area nearly 65 years ago. In April 1945, a train hauling the giant bronze casket of Franklin … Continue reading

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Trainjotting Classic: Ask Engine Bob — Why Not a No-Cellphone Car?

Q: Engine Bob, why don’t have they have a no cell-phone “quiet car” on Metro North, like they do on Amtrak? Surely, enough quiet-seeking commuters could fill a train car?  A: What a fine, fine question. My fingers are twitching … Continue reading

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Engine Bob is Back!!!

Q: Engine Bob, I commute to New Jersey from Penn Station, which means my train runs beneath the Hudson River. Somebody once told me that those tunnels are so shallow that they’re not anchored to anything and they “swing” like garden … Continue reading

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Ask Engine Bob

Q: If my Metro North train is on the underground level, why do I have to go to street level from the (underground) subway, only to descend again for my Metro North train? Shouldn’t I be able to stay underground … Continue reading

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Ask Engine Bob: What’s that Rumbling in the Men’s Room?

Q: Engine Bob, the other day I was using the men’s room near the bottom of the escalators that lead to the food court downstairs at Grand Central. Suddenly, there was a low rumbling noise that got pretty loud—and then, … Continue reading

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Ask Engine Bob: Should Conductors Hold the Door?

Q: Some fellow LIRR travelers say that the conductors won’t hold the doors for a passenger who’s boarding in the morning with a cup of coffee in his or her hand, because that suggests they’re lackadaisical about making the train. … Continue reading

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Ask Engine Bob: Why Not a No-Cell-Phone Car?

Q: Engine Bob, why don’t have they have a no cell-phone “quiet car” on Metro North, like they do on Amtrak? Surely, enough quiet-seeking commuters could fill a train car?  A: What a fine, fine question. My fingers are twitching … Continue reading

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