More Subway Drama….

Unfortunately the drama of the subway surfer detailed here was just the beginning.

Yesterday, The Subway Blogger broke the story of being by the scene of more transit chaos in what turned out to be a subway stabbing. Here is an article about the incident courtesy of Newsday:

A multiple stabbing on a subway platform on an otherwise perfect late summer day stunned Morningside Heights residents, who crowded around the Cathedral Parkway stop looking for answers.

Three men, described as around 18 years old, got into a fight on an uptown train at 59th Street that eventually spilled out onto the sidewalk at 110th Street and Broadway.

Parents nervously called their own teenagers as middle school students from the nearby School at Columbia University, a K-8 school sponsored by the university, recounted to police officers and reporters what they had witnesses as classes let out for the day.

“A guy with a red shirt ran out, he’d been stabbed in the side and he stopped right there,” one of the youths said, pointing to his school down the street. “I guess he thought it would be safe or something.”

For some, the incident revealed a larger problem.

“This is a grassroots problem,” said Shira Dicker, 45, of Morningside Heights. “Anybody who rides the rails knows that the kids are a real menace.”

For others, it was merely a nuisance.

“Ah!” said an elderly woman who would only give her name as Barbara when she saw the yellow police tape around the station. “This is the train I take to get to Macy’s.”

I guess I picked the right day not to ride the subways!

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So That’s What Happened!

Yesterday morning I posted a MTA Service Alert that pertained to the N, Q, & R trains. As usual the service alert was vague on details. However details are now available as to what happened courtesy of this entry from Second Avenue Sagas.

As Ron Simmons would say, DAMN!

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N, Q, & R Service Alert

The MTA has posted a new service alert which might be of interest to riders of the , , & trains. The service alert reads:

Due to a police investigation at the DeKalb Avenue Station, 57th Street-bound trains and Forest Hills-bound trains are running on the line from the DeKalb Avenue Station to the Canal Street Station.

Please expect delays in service on the , and trains at this time.

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So Why Should We Expect Delays On The 4 & 6 Again?

The MTA’s website has a service alert posted about the 5 train. The service alert said:

Posted on:9/12/2007 6:59:10 AM

Due to signal problems at the East 180th Street Station, Brooklyn College-bound trains are running local from the East 180th Street Station to the 149th Street-Grand Concourse Station.

Please expect delays in service on the , and trains at this time.

My question is why should this cause delays on & service when those lines do not run where the does? Sometimes these MTA service alerts can be good comic relief!

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The Sopranos & Model Trains

I was browsing local news sites & found an interesting piece on the model trains used in The Sopranos. I have to admit I never got into the show so I had no idea trains played a roll in the show. The only thing I watched was the series finale’s ending as for some reason it caught my eye. The model train that fictional mobster Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri bled to death on after being shot in the next-to-last episode will be on display in New Jersey. Here is an article about it courtesy of 1010 Wins:

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The model trains that fictional mobster Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri bled to death on after being shot in the next-to-last episode of HBO’s “The Sopranos” have found a temporary home here in a former silk mill.

Model train fanatics who saw the episode had speculated on Web blogs about where the train set had ended up: Some thought France, where “Sopranos” creator David Chase went before the season finale aired; others joked it was in the Meadowlands, a legendary mafia dumping ground.

The trains, it turns out, went to Paterson’s North West Jersey Hi-Railers club because Mathew Horning, the son of one of the club’s trustees, was an intern at Lionel Model Trains when HBO called there looking for a temporary home for the Bacala display. When someone from Lionel mentioned the HBO call to Horning, he said he knew of just the place.

Bacala, played by actor Steven R. Schirripa, was a huge model train fan in the show, using it as a distraction from his daily criminal routines. In the final moments of his life on the show, Bacala is shopping for his hobby right before he takes his final spill on a model train set.

The set still has trails of stage blood on it from Bacala’s death at the hands of two gunmen. It will be on display Sept. 30 at the Paterson club, where about 1,000 people are expected to come.

The club is housed in a 12,500-square-foot room in a former silk mill in Paterson, where the club’s co-sponsors, Bernie Callen and Marty Horning, run a picture frame and matte company.

“When you see the (Bacala) detail work, it doesn’t compare to what’s upstairs, it doesn’t compare at all,” Bernie Callen told the Herald News of West Paterson for Tuesday newspapers.

The club has about two miles of train tracks that are situated around an estimated $1 million worth of scenery.

This is pretty cool if you ask me…

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