Archive for the ‘railfanning’ Category

1950s Photos from NYC Metro Area

Monday, February 27th, 2012

I came across a collection of photos from the 1950s that shows railroad scenes in New York City and the surrounding areas. Many of these photos are very interesting.

Here is a link to the entire album: Larry Green 1950′s Retrospect

Here are two thumbnails that directly link to those photos’ pages.

CNJ FM Trainmaster at Elizabeth

NYCTA work train at the Myrtle Av station of today’s J M Z lines

Photo of the United States Capitol subway system

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

A photo of the rarely photographed United States Capitol subway system showed up in the New York Times recently.

Representative Bob Turner riding the Capitol subway this month. -- Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times

More information about the United States Capitol subway system: Wikipedia, BelowThe Capital.org

1960 Aerial Photos of Jersey City NJ railroads

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

I came across three great photos of the Jersey City waterfront taken in 1960 that show the extensive railroad infrastructure that used to exist there.

Photo 1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59635146@N08/6478913999/

Photo 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59635146@N08/6479012469/

Photo 3: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59635146@N08/6523535499/

Annotated version of Photo 1: http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto.cgi?erielack-02-01-12/Overview_Jersey_City_NJ-annotated.jpg (courtesy of the Railfan.net Erie Lackawanna Email List Photo Archive)

Railfanning the Sunday Suspension on A Line Between Euclid Avenue and Lefferts Blvd. – Emergency G.O.

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Yesterday (Sunday), there was an emergency General Order (G.O.) on the (A) subway line that shut down service between Euclid Avenue and Howard Beach-JFK Airport. Not being one to pass up a good emergency, I loaded my son into the turbo wagon and picked up a friend along the way and drove down to the Euclid Av subway station. I found a parking spot less than a half-block from the shuttle bus loading area. We took the shuttle bus to Howard Beach – it was a pleasantly nice and quick ride. Once at Howard beach, we partook in a jaunt on AirTrain over to Federal Circle and Jamaica and back. My son loved AirTrain – it was his first ride ever on it. The shuttle bus ride back to Euclid was not so great – the bus was very full and the people boarding at the Casino could barely fit. Seems like the dispatching could have been better.  Overall it was a nice ground level tour of parts of Brooklyn and Queens that I don’t often see.

Here are some photos of the shuttle bus loading area taken after we got back to Euclid.

Awesome 1977 Amtrak and Conrail photos around Harrisburg, PA

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

All photos taken by Ed K. Enjoy!!

Amtrak’s National Train Day at New York Penn Station

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Fun giveaways, model trains, and more

Amtrak will be kicking off their 2010 National Train Day celebration with special events at New York Penn Station today beginning at 12:30 PM.

Hopefully the celebration won’t be ruined by things that make the Big Board look like this:

DELAYED...DELAYED...DELAYED... (May 5, 2010)

Photos of Weeks Marine Crane 552 under Broadway Bridge

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Weeks Marine Crane 552 in the Harlem River Ship Canal today

As I reported earlier today, the Weeks Marine crane 552 departed the 207 St subway yard after serving there for about nine years. The crane loaded all the reef-ready subway cars onto the Barge of Death. It also loaded the scrap trucks onto another barge for delivery to a scrap dealer. Here are some photos of the crane being pushed by Weeks tug Elizabeth through the canal and towards the Hudson River at around 1:20 PM today.

Photos taken by my wife. Thanks!!

Reefing Crane Leaves 207 Street Yard

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The Weeks Marine crane has left the yard. Looks like reefing is pretty “over” for the time being. Pics forthcoming.

The Barge of Death has returned to 207 St Yard

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

After an absence of several months (due to the fact that the reefing program was temporarily suspended), the Barge of Death is now back at 207th Street Yard. I can see the top of the backhoe that is on top of the barge and used to push the subway cars into the water when out at sea. And the tug Virginia just came back under the raised Broadway Bridge to head back to the Hudson River.

So it looks like there may be another barge going out in the not too distant future…

South Ferry Terminal Archeology Exhibit Opens the Renovated Transit Museum Gallery Annex

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

A cool new exhibit will open along with the renovated New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal. See the press release and some photos below.

Where New York Began:
Archeology at the South Ferry Terminal

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex
Grand Central Terminal
March 18-July 5, 2010

Construction in New York City is always complex, but it raises particular concerns when it cuts through the most archeologically rich section of town.  In February 2009 a new South Ferry subway station opened on the southernmost tip of Manhattan, a place where environmental, historical, and commercial interests collide.  In order to build the station, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was required to conduct an archeological review and excavation.  This provided an extraordinary glimpse into the very place that the modern city has its roots, and the basis of an exciting new exhibit at the New York Transit MuseumWhere New York Began: Archeology at the South Ferry Terminal will be on view at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store from March 18-July 5, 2010.

In addition to unearthing portions of the city’s early infrastructure, excavations yielded over 65,000 artifacts, including ceramic sherds, shells, coins, tobacco pipes, and architectural materials.  These pieces document 400 years of city life and embody the cycle of building, razing, and rebuilding that is a hallmark of New York City.  Over 100 of these objects will be on view along with historic maps and photographs, and field images and video of the archeologists at work.

Canton Motif plate c. 1785 -1850

Lid c. 1795 - 1830

pipe 1880 - 1840