How many times have we regional rail riders seen SEPTA engineers gossiping and laughing and flirting and, yes, smoking with their friends riding up in the cabs with them?
Well, the new Silverliner V regional rail cars shrink the engineers’ cabs in order to put in more seats. And, according to a story in the Inquirer published last week, the engineers are not pleased.
Train engineers, unhappy with the subway-style operating compartments planned for the new cars, have asked for cabs that extend the full width of the cars, like those in current SEPTA trains. They say it’s a matter of safety, security and privacy.
Let’s see if I get this right. SEPTA engineers don’t like the cars because:
- They think they’re more likely to be hurt in an accident.
- There’s no room for their books.
- They don’t like riders looking out the front window.
- They want to be able to talk to their coworkers without riders listening in on them.
God bless the SEPTA employees, but methinks they doth protest too much here. The real reason the engineers don’t like the new cabs? They’re not big enough to have their friends ride with them.