PAGE 109 - POSTED AUGUST 16, 2003
Welcome to the Blackout of 2003.
We were just out of Pennsylvania
Station - New York City, making our way up the approach to Hell Gate when
all of a sudden we heard that infamous "thump" and our entire train lost
power. As we drifted upgrade towards the bridge, our Engineer, Feddy Higgins
called the "Section A" Train Dispatcher to tell him that we had lost all
power. We had a feeling it was more than a railroad related problem
because the signals all went dark and a short time after that we saw people
throughout Queens coming out of their homes wandering in the streets.
The whole city of New York and much of the East Coast went
dark due to a massive power outage.
Needless to say, it was quite a night. We sat on top of the Hell Gate with a
birds eye view of a dark Manhattan.
9pm. A view of Manhattan from the Hell Gate Bridge.
An hour after the blackout began, Engineer Freddy Higgins poses in front of a disabled
I took this photo while we inspected the shafts to see if there might be
a way to get the people out if this ended up being a major crisis.
Assistant Conductor Johnny Rioux (that big stud) decides to take
advantage of a cool breeze off the Hell Gate Channel.
Johnny did an awesome job. I was lucky to be working with one of the
best crews going. There was the potential for major trouble but
the OBS and Operating Crew on this train came through big time.
Freddy, NYPD Officer Neal and Johnny pose in front of
#2166 wile we wait for a rescue engine from Sunnyside.