Tales from Metro North: Riding the ‘Stealth Car’
28 Jun, 2012
By Loop Contributor
Metro North riders: Has this ever happened to you? You get on the train home to Mamaroneck or Pelham, or wherever, and discover you’re on the Express…to Stamford. (It’s definitely happened to me.)
Maybe next time you’ll get a conductor named Tom, who will make a “stealth stop” for you, like he did to Loop reader Irene:
We criticize Metro North so much I would love to see my happy story in theLoop;
I am a resident of Larchmont and was out in the city tonight.
I missed my train and in my haste to get the next I got on the express to Stamford by mistake, and did not realize it until the conductor asked for my ticket and then told me I was on the wrong train (9:37 to Stamford express!! 1st stop Stamford!!) and next train back to Larchmont was not until 11 : 28ish?!
I tracked down Tom the Conductor. He told me he had already radioed the motor man on the train and requested a special stop so be ready, he would come back to get me (and that there was also someone else on the wrong train!)
So miraculously 5 min. later the train switched to the local track and made a stealth stop where only our car opened in larchmont and the 2 of us got off!!
Even the 1 cab at the station asked where the train came from and why it stopped and only let 2 people off.
This was truly a miracle!!
photo: Elisabeth Pollaert Smith