Annual report of Hudson & Manhattan Railroad Company

(New York, N.Y. :  Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Company  )



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Hudson & Manhattan Railroad Company

1948 Annual Report

This building houses the air-compressors,

transformers and other eefuipment that

constitute   the   Company's  Jersey   City


out the rail industry, wages to rail employees
in 1948 exceeded 1947 by $418,738, or 12%.
Charges by the Consolidated Edison Company
for supplying the Company with electric power
for both the railroad and buildings increased
approximately $50,000 in 1948 as compared
with 1947.

It was expected tliat b\- this time the inter¬
locking plants at Idudson Terminal and Ex¬
change l^lacc would be replaced by a single
plant at Hudson Terminal which
Improvements could be operated by only one
in Plant and tower man. Although definite
Methods            progress   has   been   made,   the

installation of the consolidated
interlocking plant has not yet been completed
due to delayed deliveries of necessary machines
and parts. The new s\-steni will speed up the
operation and embodies safety features not usC'
in the present system.

During the last six months, the institution oi
improved and modern methods in the mainte¬
nance of your Compan\''s car equipment ha^
substantially increased the margin of extra cars
in condition for service. Auxiliary parts, such as
coiripressors, motors, door engines, and electrica

and air brake materials are repaired in advance
of the shopping of cars, thereby reducing the
shopping time for repairs to a minimum.

When a car is sent to the repair shop, it is no
longer returned to service until all the defects
are corrected and measures preventive of break¬
down are taken. As a result, the breakdowns in
service have not only been fewer than hereto¬
fore, but it has been possible to increase the
interval between inspections from 1,200 miles to
1,500 miles of service.

It used to take a force of eleven men to paint
one of the Company's cars in four days; with
improved methods, the present force of seven
painters does the job in about two days.

The raising of low joints, the renewal and
tamping of ties, the straightening of track and
other steps have been taken to reduce jarring
and to make a ride in a Hudson Tube train more
comfortable. For better appearance and pro¬
tection against deterioration the repainting of the
stations and metal parts in the tunnels is in

The Company contemplates the institution ot
new train schedules in the near future, which it
is hoped will improve the service to the public
and at the same time reduce expenses by perhaps
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