> Z88Z wrote:
> Slightly confused on this issue.
> Are LD and HD trucks
based on model designations like, Dakota and
1500 are LD, 2500 and 3500 are HD
or does this have more to do with
various options available on any truck like
ratios or is it more suspension related?
> Were gas 5.9s available in both LD and HD trucks?
> Were both
available in either 2WD or 4WD?
> Were 5 speeds available in both designations
and were there gear
ratios between the two different?
> Is the engine mapping
different from LD to HD and if so, which PCM
is more suitable for "performance"
Yes, unfortunately that seems to be a pattern here.
increase the ridership while taking away services and amenitites at
the same time.
It might have been the lack of a baggage car for that trip
Just got a copy of a letter that was sent to our negotiators
explaining our displeasure and asking that Jimmy Hoffa get involved.
You knew we
became BLE-T right?, the T being for teamsters. I think
that was while you were
Tomorrow night is the big union meeting. We'll see what happens.
Yes, Doug K is certainly one of a kind :-) Interesting you should
name. Doug was working as a fireman with the father of my
current landlords when
the father retired in 84'.
I have been staying with some good friends, a family
in Dedham since I
went into the Engineer training program. The woman of the
the daughter of Ray "Civvy" Civaterese. You probably know
started out as a Fireman with the B&M in steam days and was
one of the first B&M
Engineers to come South Side when Amtrak
took over commuter service. A lot of
people that can't place the
name remember him as the guy that kept the garden at
near track 1 before the high platforms were built.
remembers him. You must know Danny too. MBCR Gen
Foreman, then to Amtrak and
HSR before he went to engine school.
Ray is doing OK but he doesn't walk around
too easily now. Still has
his greenhouse and plenty of flowers. Grows extra for
the school to
sell at their money raising fair.
Doug dresses pretty normal now.
I had a regular run on saturdays
with Doug, Dean Davidson and Johnny Newman on
an Acela. I was
surprised to find out all four of us had experience working with
steam locos at various museums.
Mine was at the Gold Coast RR museum in Miami
from 91 til 94 when we
moved back up here.
Hurricane Andrew mowed that place
down when I was there but most of
the equipment survived and I guess it has been
rebuilt better than it
ever was. Lots of new equipment now too. E & F units
Dean and John were a fun group and great Conductors but Dean in
hated the "newfangled" trains. I used to joke
that he'd rather be on the Inland
Route where they still run wooden
coaches and make coal stops.
is a great guy and a good friend. I've known him since
about 95 or 96 when we
worked as subcontractors for Kawasaki on the 5
year rebuild at the old Improtek
site. Our careers always overlapped
He went to Readville as an
electrician, then became a Foreman at some
point. I ended up there as a
subcontractor again, doing QA and liason
work between the T and the Amtrak
workers on the ACSES installation.
Tough gig at first. Worked for Dick House
but they thought I was Neil
Mullaney's "spy" so I got a hard time. Lots of
and union reps there, Cronan etc. and that was right around the time
they were close to a strike.
After a while they realized I wasn't there to hurt
them and we became
good friends. Dick House used to give me a heads up to pass
on to them
when we were having a "surprise inspection"! That helped
Met some great people, Pat Robinson, Rich Coakley, Lyons, Parker and a
whole bunch more that I still see at South Station.
Pat Robinson - Talk about an
all around genius!
Taking the Readville shuttle home from that gig I ran into
Bombardier guys at South Station doing the Acela startup. I had
most of them in 94-95 as my first job in the subcontract
business doing the red
line 1800 series cars.
Found out they needed trainriders around the same time
my QA job
ended so I went to Bombardier. By that time Marty F was a General
Foreman at HSR.
When the Bombardier job ended I went to Amtrak as a QA
my fellow QAIs were Marty, Randy and the well known Mike Fraites.
Within a month or two Randy and Marty went to MBCR and Mike
"left the business"
(that's all I'll say on that)
The other guys did the QA job as inspectors at the
facility but they
hired me mainly as station protect for the morning Acela runs.
what I did for Bomb the last few months after the trainrider program
I did the whole Boston HSR Q&A thing by myself for about nine
working with Chris Furtado as the HSR GM (I think that was the
title) after Paul
Cottam retired. They liked my work and knew me all
the way to NY and DC. They
promised me I'd have a job when the QAI
jobs dried up as NECMSC (Bomb & Alsthoms
HSR management group)
was being phased out but I got passed over for a job or
two so I went
to engine school.
If you visit the railroad look me up. I'll be
the one that went to
school for 11 weeks and trained for 16 months just to end
up doing 5
mph and occasionally 15mph, most of it backwards!
occasionally can hold a spare board position. Nothing like
doing 125 or 150mph
and it's legal! :-)
This site is one of the best ones for good informative
thanks to Steve Lusardi, TBone and a bunch more.
Take care, John