1960 Aerial Photos of Jersey City NJ railroads

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.

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.

Busted Broadway Bridge Breaks 1 Train Service

December 30th, 2011

Posted: 12/30/2011 3:24PM

Due to mechanical problems on the Harlem River Bridge, there is no  train service in both directions from the 215th Street Station to the 242nd Street-Van Cortlandt Park Station.

As an alternative, customers are advised to take Bx7 or Bx9 bus making nearby station stops.

Please allow additional travel time.


This has been going on for almost an hour now. They keep sounding the horn as if the bridge is going to be lifted but then nothing happens. I saw a tug boat so it seems as if it may be trying to get under the bridge. Maybe the bridge broke?

And by the way, if the 1 train can’t cross the bridge, neither can the Bx7! And neither can people who take the Bx9 to 225th Street! When the bridge is in this state, trains, vehicles, and pedestrians are all prohibited from crossing the bridge! And Broadway is probably all backed up in both directions! So the suggested alternative is practically useless!

The Subway Weekender

September 16th, 2011

The amazing 1972 Massimo Vignelli diagrammatic map is back! Read all about it in this press release.

Or just take The Weekender for a spin right now!

9/11 Memorial Metrocard Released

September 9th, 2011

A new Metrocard promoting the 9/11 Memorial and the website 911memorial.org has been released.

Photo of flooded Trenton, NJ train station

August 29th, 2011

Mel Evans/AP


West Side IRT was out of commission last night

May 11th, 2011

The West Side IRT lines (1/2/3) through midtown Manhattan were suspended and/or rerouted for a while yesterday, apparently due to signal problems in the area of the 42 St-Times Square station. This likely caused higher loads along parallel subway routes and generally delayed and annoyed a lot of people.

Screenshot of the service notice

Photo of damaged rails from the devastating earthquake in New Zealand

February 23rd, 2011

This is an interesting photo of the effects of the devastating earthquake that struck New Zealand.

A rail line buckled by the shifting earth is pictured in Christchurch

Penn Station is still confusing and needs improvement

February 22nd, 2011

amNY has an article about how Penn Station New York is still a terrible transportation hub for riders/pedestrians to navigate. While there’s no new information in the article, it is good that this topic is still being brought up by the media.

Despite some half a billion dollars in improvements over the years, Penn Station is still one of the most difficult transit hubs to figure out, the perennial ugly sister to a majestic Grand Central Terminal.

With its low ceilings, cramped signs, huge crowds, and maze of hallways, travelers say they often find themselves getting lost in the underground labyrinth.

C train was suspended for a bit this morning

December 8th, 2010

It’s never a good thing to see “Suspended” listed as the “Current Service Status” for a subway line.