Tuesday, March 21, 2006

There's No Energy Crisis



I recently attended a conference by Core77 called Design 2.0. Interesting number of speakers talking about how design differentiates you from your competitors and how good design keeps your clients. Oh to be a monopoly like Metro North Railroad and not have to worry about good design.

Today's poor design on our 1970's era trains? Weather stripping. Specifically that piece of rubber that runs under the eight side doors on each car.

One would think since we can seal a window, an auto, and get it all at Home Depot, that Metro North would've purchased the best weather stripping. But no. It's some badly fitting, gap producing, screwed in piece of rubber that lets the air just travel free. Not just where the doors meet, but under each of the screws. Great if you're in a convertible in the summer. Not great if you have to stand, it's 30 degrees outside and the cold air is whipping by your feet.

Today's pics from the morning ride on car #8914.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make a very good point, however I was surprised by the condition since the M2 CSR program is replacing all of these parts and pieces on the M2 cars. Because of this I was very interested in what car these pictures were taken on. Imagine my surprise and satisfaction to realize that car #8914 is a 1987 era M4 car.

3:33 PM, March 22, 2006  
Blogger New Haven Line Commuter said...

thanks - it seems like a simple enough fix that should be made on all the cars... I've noticed similar problems around the windows too.

8:16 PM, March 22, 2006  

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