Malcolm Laughlin <mlaughlinnyc@...>
Good point, Dennis. The BEDT was an exception to many rules, including some work rules. Even though it moved railcars, BEDT was not a formal railroad but a terminal. It got away with running steam into the 1960s regardless of 1920's smoke abatement laws with which the railroad companies had to comply.
Not so. BEDT was a common carrier by railroad under the IC Act and subject to all ICC regulation.
I don't know of a 20's smoke abatement law but there was amuch earlier law prohibiting steam in tunnels on Manhattan. The LIRR ran steam out of Long Island City up to the 50's and it's engine house at Jamaica was also in New York City.
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