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Re: Malbone Street Wreck

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Posted by Nate Goldman on Wednesday, November 2nd 2022:

In Reply to: Re: Malbone Street Wreck posted by Will Suphan on Wednesday, November 2nd 2022:

Mike Quill, who was the head of the Transport Worker's Union in the 1950's and 1960's, referenced the Malbone Street disaster in late 1965, when he was unable to reach an agreement with the then NYC Transit Authority, for the subway employees. At that time, there were rumors about using strike breakers, as motormen, to run the trains, in the event of a strike. Quill mentioned that an inexperienced motorman caused the 1918 Malbone St., disaster, and implied that such a disaster could happen again, if poorly, untrained motormen, would be sent to operate the trains. Fortunately, there were no strike breakers. However, the strike in 1966 lasted twelve days, during a bitterly cold winter. There were no trains or buses for almost two weeks. However, at that time, Brooklynites and New Yorkers in general were very kind to each other, and many commuters, including myself were able to hitchhike rides from Brooklyn into Manhattan, and back.

Reference ID: BK96956


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