Yeah. So. Just in time for evening rush hour yesterday, an eastbound Type 4 Blue line train broke down at NE 60th, which took about 4 hours to resolve. Oh, those pretty Type 4s.. and #yourcommuteisscrewed for those of you playing along on Twitter.
I couldn’t get over there to get any video or photos, so I’m very pleased that Bob R was able to do so – and he got some great footage!
There are a lot of neat things there that passengers rarely see, like how trains are coupled (notice the safety stop at at about the 1:02 mark to check alignment of the coupler heads) or the fold-out coupler head under the cab of the Type 4s that fits with the coupler heads of the rest of the fleet, or brakes being pumped off, and what a dead car push looks and sounds like. A dead car push is one of the most dangerous things done with a train, as the operator pushing the dead car (or in this case, train) can’t see what’s ahead, and essentially the dead car no longer has operational brakes as they’ve been pumped off – there are still the track brakes though, which the flagger in the front of the dead car who acts as eyes can use in the event of an emergency.