LIRR CHRONOLOGY  1973  

 

Jan. 9, 1973              LIRR strike talks deadlock again and are suspended. (NYT)

 

Jan. 17, 1973            Secretary of Labor designate Peter J. Brennan (1918-1996) announces

                                    he has arranged for LIRR strikers to return to work effective Jan. 19 for

                                    90 days to allow talks to continue; will receive 6% increase retroactive

                                    to Jan. 1, 1972. (NYT)

 

Jan. 19, 1973            LIRR strikers return to work; nine Alco switchers suffer cracked engine

                        blocks because of idleness; LIRR borrows five GP-7's from Bangor &

                        Aroostook for freight service. (Trains)

 

Jan. 20, 1973            LIRR reopens after seven week strike, longest yet against a commuter

                                    railroad; service is subject to delays caused by accumulation of rust on

                                    tracks; first passengers get free ride on 12:10 AM to Jamaica . (NYT)

Jan. 20, 1973            LIRR reopens after seven week strike, longest yet against a commuter

                        railroad; service is subject to delays caused by accumulation of rust on

                        tracks; first passengers get free ride on 12:10 AM to Jamaica . (NYT)

 

Jan. 22, 1973            LIRR resumes full service; ridership down 25-30% and management

                        expects 10% to abandon the use of the LIRR permanently. (NYT)

 

Feb. 9, 1973              Penn Central restores full service; first LIRR train resumes service to

                        Penn Station at 12:36 AM. (NYT)

 

                                    Railroads and non-operating unions agree to 18 month contract calling

                                    for 4% increase in wages and 6.7% in fringe benefits; Penn Central,

                                    LIRR, and other northeast bankrupts not party to agreement.

Mar. 15, 1973            LIRR passenger train crashes into standing locomotive at Lake

                        Ronkonkoma ; 1 killed, 26 injured. (NYT)

 

Mar. 21, 1973            New York State Human Rights Division holds fourth day of hearings

on complaint by Carol Wagner, a schoolteacher, that she was not hired

as a trainman by LIRR because she is a woman, not because she is only

                                    five feet tall. (NYT)

Apr. 11, 1973            LIRR admits that many male trainmen do not meet the 5'-7" height

requirement; demotes short trainmen to other jobs. (NYT)

 

Apr. 18, 1973            LIRR and non-operating unions reach tentative agreement ending the

possibility that the strike will resume; settle on basis of 26% pay

increase over 30 months.

 

May 21, 1973            A wheel falls off a 1927-vintage LIRR “Ping-Pong” P54 coach at the

end of an 8 car diesel train bound from Speonk to Hunters Point

Avenue east of Woodside at about 9:00 AM; the car derails; 38

passengers injured and trains delayed up to 1½ hours. (NYT, Cinders)

                                   

July 7, 1973              Neighborhood residents voice opposition to MTA's plan for a new

LIRR terminal at 48th Street and 3rd Ave. and urge connection from

new 63rd Street tunnel to Grand Central Terminal. (NYT)

 

July 26, 1973            Gov. Rockefeller reveals details of his transportation program,

including Second Avenue Subway in New York City , new Flatbush

Ave. terminal for LIRR, 400 gas turbine commuter cars. (NYT)

                                   

Aug. 7, 1973             LIRR opens track elevation through Amityville, Copiague and Lindenhurst . (MTA AR, NYT)

 

Sep. 5, 1973              LIRR begins installing welded rail on Port Jefferson Branch. (NYT)

 

Sep. 8, 1973              LIRR reassigns 75 engineers and trainmen who do not meet new

physical requirements established in wake of Carol Wagner ruling. (NYT)

 

Oct. 1, 1973               LIRR revises schedules to take advantage of M-1 cars' higher speed.

 

Oct. 31, 1973             MTA completes high level platforms on West Hempstead Branch; last

LIRR electric line to be so equipped; permits assignment of M-1 "Metropolitan" cars to
all electric lines and retirement of older MU cars. (MTA AR, NYT, Cinders)

 

Dec. 16, 1973           LIRR begins offering half fares on Sundays to attract automobile riders. (NYT)

 

Dec. 17, 1973           Ice storm hits the New York area coating surfaces with over an inch of

ice; shuts down LIRR as third rails and cars freeze; 240,000 passenger

delayed up to 10 hours, many trapped in trains whose doors, light and

heating systems are unable to operate; delays continue for three days;

New Haven 's New Canaan Branch is shut down for three days by ice

on the rails and catenary; GG1's are required to tow "Metroliners" for

several days; the ice storm later serves as the backdrop for an Ang Lee

movie of the same name set in New Canaan . (NYT, Trains)

 

Dec. 27, 1973           InterAgency Task Force issues report on New York-New Jersey

commuter service; recommends direct service from Erie Lackawanna to Penn Station

via new connections at Kearny and Secaucus; also recommends delaying a new
48th Street rail tunnel under the Hudson leading to a new midtown terminal at
50th St. & Broadway with a possible connection to the terminal under 3rd Avenue
between 48th & 53rd Streets being proposed by the MTA for the LIRR; new line would

cost $836 million.