Category Archives: Engine Bob

A Little Praise For ‘The New York Commuter’s Glossary”

We got some kind words from a real-deal writer, Robert Klara, author of FDR’s Funeral Train, about our own New York Commuter’s Glossary. Robert is an old pal, and was once the “Engine Bob” columnist on this very site–well before … Continue reading

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Riding in Style: Club Meeting in the Caboose

Our old friend Engine Bob, aka author Robert Klara, shared with us a photo, and a yarn, about the best commuter experience imaginable. Rob says that several decades ago, some rich commuters, dissatisfied with a new batch of commuter cars the … Continue reading

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TRAINJOTTING TURNS 5: Pride

Each day this week, to commemorate our fifth birthday, Trainjotting is publishing memorable posts from the past, grouped under a specific Seven Deadly Sin. Today’s sin is PRIDE. Pride. Hmmm. Gluttony and Sloth and Greed, and occasionally a little Wrath, … Continue reading

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Track 61 Revisited

Gothamist ventured into the famed Track 61 train platform under the Waldorf-Astoria over the weekend, snapping some pix at the sight that former Trainjotting contributor Engine Bob (a.k.a. “FDR’s Funeral Train” author Robert Klara) called “the holy grail” of urban … Continue reading

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Straphanger Joe Publishes a Novel

Seeing our talented Trainjotting correspondents publish books fills us with an extraordinary amount of pride. We were pumped when the brilliant Engine Bob (a.k.a./d.b.a. Robert Klara) published FDR’s Funeral Train, and if it’s possible to be even more psyched, then … Continue reading

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Straphanger Joe’s Book Hits Stores This Spring

It is with abundant pride that I announce the pending publication of yet another book from the Trainjotting correspondent family: Straphanger Joe’s brilliant novel Open Wounds. Open Wounds is a very unique book; it’s the life story of an aging … Continue reading

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TRAINJOTTING TURNS 4: Ask Engine Bob–The Secret Platform

Originally ran Feb. 2007 Q: Engine Bob, is there any truth to that old story about a secret train platform beneath the Waldorf-Astoria hotel that Andy Warhol gave a party on? Or is this just urban legend? A: Actually, the … Continue reading

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NJT Tests Quiet Cars

This is fairly revolutionary. New Jersey Transit began testing no-cellphone cars on some trains yesterday, reports the NY Times. Michael Grynbaum has the scoop: As part of a three-month pilot program, 29 express trains between Trenton and Manhattan have acquired … Continue reading

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THE TRAINJOTTING READER: FDR’s Funeral Train

I’m pleased–and mighty relieved–to report that Robert Klara’s FDR’s Funeral Train, which I finished last night, is very, very good. I’m relieved because ol’ Engine Bob is a pal (and former Trainjotting columnist!), and it would be really awkward if … Continue reading

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What Really Happened on FDR’s Funeral Train: An Interview With the Author

We’re pleased to report that our old pal Robert Klara–a.k.a. Trainjotting columnist “Engine Bob”–has his new book out today. FDR’s Funeral Train: A Betrayed Widow, a Soviet Spy, and a Presidency in the Balance looks at the train carrying the body … Continue reading

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