Comments: Train in Vain

Francis! Remember the track fire? It's all about blue line commingling with orange now, baby! And it's gonna take five years -- no, wait, 3 months -- no, wait, nine months -- to get everything back on track, and yes, I just made that lame pun.

Are you really THAT shocked by train chaos? Seems a clever guy like you shouldn't be so discombobulated by this... Frankly, I feel impressed that considering how old and crappy our subway is, it functions as well as it does!

Posted by Col at January 31, 2005 11:30 AM

Just think of the puzzle possibilities now that a train can switch lines at will!

Posted by Marc at January 31, 2005 11:37 AM

I'm surprised you haven't made a puzzle out of it yet. "The train hits this station, then that station, then the other station, so you can deduce that it started as an F train then became an R, an E, an O, and an N."

Posted by rikchik at January 31, 2005 11:39 AM


Posted by rikchik at January 31, 2005 11:40 AM

Yeah, Col, but I was under the impression that the track fire only screwed up Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan, and hadn't messed with the E line. And what's with the crazy train dispatch improv of deciding to reroute a train 15 seconds before it pulls into the station? Oh, I know, I'm so naive, it's like I'm a simple country lass who doesn't understand why the train conductors don't step out to hold the doors for you, sigh.

Posted by Francis at January 31, 2005 11:40 AM

I kind of had my fill of subway-themed puzzles quite a while ago.

Posted by Francis at January 31, 2005 11:55 AM

The Piccadilly is probably a safe one for trains to switch over to (aside from it's being some two-and-a-half miles beneath street level; I feel like a bit player in Journey to the Center of the Earth when the elevators are down), but you should be careful if any of the MTA trains are routed to the Circle or District Lines. One or two weekends a month they're both down for repairs and run no trains at all. You could easily get stuck at Earl's Court without any trains back to New York at all.

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