Friday, February 26, 2010

Story by story, a city is saved

Earned media is earned media I figure.  New York Times, the 'Antiques' section no less, has a picture and story on the mural restoration going on at the Gateway Center T station: Tile by Tile, A Mural is Saved

Just think, someone out there just looking at that picture probably thinks we have a real subway system here.  And note the steps in the foreground.   Aren't those the steps providing access to the trolley platform?  Remember we initially used trolleys on the system even after the 'subway' stations were built; I think because PAT couldn't afford to buy new rolling stock  at the time.


Anonymous MH said...

I would think most New Yorkers could take one look at the photo and notice how narrow the train is.

Friday, February 26, 2010 8:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason for the high and low platforms was that they used the old PCC trolleys and the new LRT cars together for a few years. When the subway opened, the Overbrook line was not yet updated to new standards and the new cars couldn't operate on it. Once the "Stage II" was finished, they got rid of the PCC cars and the new cars could run on the refurbished line.

Friday, February 26, 2010 3:09:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

And because they built to use the trolleys which used what had become a non-standard gauge track the current LRT cars are all on a non-standard gauge.

Friday, February 26, 2010 3:14:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

a non-standard gauge

Which is why riding the T feels more like riding the little train at Idlewild than riding the Metro.

Friday, February 26, 2010 3:33:00 PM  
Blogger n'at said...

a non-standard gauge which was non-standard since before westinghouse invented the air brake.

I'm parsing, because I prefer rapid bus transport - for another day I guess.

Friday, February 26, 2010 3:56:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I'm still waiting to see what happens with the new routing, but didn't they delay implimentation of the new rapid buses. At least, they delayed changing the 61C into the R3.

Friday, February 26, 2010 4:24:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

yet it probably was a standard when first used here... who can blame them for the entire world not following along?

Friday, February 26, 2010 7:12:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Like the Russians, Pittsburgh used a different gauge to stop enemies from using our railroads.

Friday, February 26, 2010 7:56:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I'm forgetting my history, but wasn't there a little war up in Erie over standardizing track gauges... so maybe it's a Pennsylvania thing?

Saturday, February 27, 2010 10:54:00 AM  

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