Oh I like that last part in particular...........
>From: "Gordon Davids" <g.davids@...>
>Subject: [dandh] Re: [HudsonRiverRailLines] From The Archives
>Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 22:06:02 -0000
>It can happen to anyone. Back in 1969, when EL and D&H (required list
>content :-) were under Dereco, I was in Hoboken as the Asst. Division
>Engineer on the EL. I normally went home on a train on the Erie side
>via the Bergen County RR that departed from the left side of a
>particular platform at Hoboken.
>One night I stayed late at the office, and went to catch a later
>train. I found the train number posted at the platform, walked up,
>turned left, and boarded the train. That train and the one across the
>platform departed at exactly the same time, and we ran neck and neck
>to West End Tower. The other train headed up the Erie, and we went
>down the connection to the Greenwood Lake Branch.
>Oh, Oh! Misroute at West End?
>NOT! - "Next Station is West Arlington!"
>Oh, Oh! Misroute by GAD!
>So I rode out to Denville, caught an M&E train back to Hoboken, and
>started over. That time I was careful to check the track for the
>train I was boarding.
>The D&H had some interesting condutors in passenger service. One
>particular friend of mine from my days at RPI in Troy was Maurice
>Duff. I hadn't seen him for about five years while I was in the Army
>and working on the NYC.
>On New Year's Day 1967 he took over one side of 34 and 35, coming from
>freight service. I had just gone to Plattsburgh as the Track
>Supervisor, and he didn't know that I was working for the D&H. I went
>to Rouses Point on January 2 on No. 9 just to ride the track, and I
>made a point of going back in a coach on 34 to catch up with our
>conductor. The train was crowded, and he came along taking tickets,
>parting the sea of humanity with a big smile while singing, "When a
>body, meet a body, comin' thru the rye!" Now, that's human relations.
> It was always a pleasure to work with him and his compatriots in
>train service on the D&H.
>In an earlier incarnation, during my days on the NYC, it was a
>favorite trick of some commuters to pretend to be asleep when the
>conductor came by for tickets, to avoid punches in a multiple trip
>ticket. I watched that play out late one night on a Croton Local,
>when the conductor came by just after we had left 138th Street and
>quietly said to a "sleeping" passenger, "Next Station is Tuckahoe!
>Tuckahoe!" That got his attention real fast.
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