aint no half steppin', subway stories 1

"...We enter the Broadway-Lafayette subway station, pass through the turnstiles, and walk down several flghts of stairs to the lowest platform. We carefully jump off the platform to the tracks, carefully crossing the third rail. There is no space , absolutely none for a person to stand between the wall and a passing train without being struck..."

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"Don't step on the third rail," Seargent Steve K. warns me. "I hate to see that happen. Sparks fly everywhere, but the worst part is that the electricity blows off the extremeties...Hands, head, whatever,they explode. It's disgusting.

--from Jennifer Toth's book, THE MOLE PEOPLE: Life in the Tunnel Beneath New York City


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