Replying to Where To Railfan..
Posted 30 June 2012 - 06:31 AM
Another good one is Newark Airport which has somewhat less traffic but greater variety than Secaucus.
Alan has mentioned Rahway. The next station south (rr west) Metropark isn't too shabby either though frequency is less since NJCL trains branch off at Union past Rahway. In PA one of my recent favorites is Croydon with its new platforms.
Metro North Hudson Line has some spectacular locations. Check out any of the following stations: Riverdale, Peekskill, Breakneck Ridge (Summer only), Garrison (across from West Point), Cold Spring (near Storm King Mountain), Poughkeepsie, all with Metro North and Amtrak action with an occasional CSX or CP freight. Then there is Rhinecliff, and Albany isn't too bad.
Piotr's favorite Amsterdam is a bit inconvenient now since the station building is out of commission since the flood of Schoharie Creek last year. If you are going by car there are numerous locations along the CSX Water Level Route between Schenectady and Utica in the Mohawk Valley. My favorites are a couple near Fonda, the most flood prone location on that route. All of them have tremendous amount of CSX freight action and of course Amtrak. Utica itself has some Adirondack Scenic Railroad action too.
Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:30 PM
It only counts if you share the pictures.
Knocked BWI out on the list.. What's next??
I had a ton of luck.. I haven't up loaded the Marc photos yet.. Just the Amtrak.
822 at Penn Coach Yard
NE Regional 141 Which I took to BWI
2166 heading North
I have caught every a picture of every set but this one until Tuesday!! Goctha!!
NE Regioanl 95
Full Length Shot of NE Regional 186
Silver Star 91
NE Regional 178 and Marc 4915
Mertoliner Car 9800
HEY HEY 2 FOR 1 On Phase 3!!
And I checked my AGR account. I did receive the extra 100 bonus points for PHL-BWI and WAS-PHL. BWI-WAS has NOT posted yet. It looks like it posted yesterday. 2 DAYS!!! After travel!! Boosting my total from 2102 to 2582. I do have to ask does one receive up to 1000 Amtrak Bonus TQP's and 1000 TQPs for Online Spending?? I was able to register for that promo with just over the 2100. I'm guessing the reason is the past 2 years is I've been about half way to select and just haven't made it. Any one have some type of insight on this??
Thanks and Enjoy the Photos,
Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:25 AM
It only counts if you share the pictures.
Knocked BWI out on the list.. What's next??
Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:16 AM
To get there, get on Route 138 and go down Fairgrounds Rd (heading east, not west toward Arnold Lumber). Keep following Fairgrounds past the intersection with Waites Corner where it then turns into Hundred Acre Road. Follow this road until the end and turn right on Hundred Acre Pond Rd. East. A little further up, there is a fork in the road, so bear right there. This road is very narrow (usually only room for one car) so go slowly to avoid possible encounters with other vehicles. Keep following this path and you will get to a wooden bridge. It makes noise as you cross over it, but it is perfectly safe for vehicles to cross. Once you get up the hill, you should see an opening in the woods with some concrete roadblockers set off on the right side. Pull in there and you can walk up to the tracks.
From that location, you are 1.18 miles from Kingston Station. If you look to the left, you will see a bend. Acelas slow down to about 110mph for that bend, and are up to about 135mph by the time they reach you. If you look to the right, you will see the Rt. 138 bridge that is adjacent to Kingston Station. You can hear the screech of the rails before you can see the Acelas even turn that bend, so do not worry about them sneaking up on you.
I will upload some pictures from my phone when I get the usb connector later on.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:42 PM
Its in an industrial area with parking lots, the station was built in the 1960s, bare bones as a demonstration from the Federal Transit Administration for a Park & Ride, when I went there we walked back to New Brunswick (less than two miles away) to leave.
Princeton Jct is neat and you also have the Dinky to Princeton (a single Arrow MU) making its quick shuttle trips to and from Downtown.
Those NJT stops aren't on my site yet otherwise I would be providing photos and links.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:32 PM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:58 PM
Along the way, just after you pass Queensboro Plaza, you'll go over the Sunnyside yards to the left of the forward motion. After exiting at 46th Street, if you get off the train at the head end you'll be on 47th Street. Cross over Queens Blvd to the left of the forward motion of the train. Then walk in the direction of the train to 48th Street, turn left. Walk 5 blocks, including passing under the NEC. Across the street just after going under the tracks you'll see a Stop & Shop supermarket (I actually shop here for food). Go inside and ride the elevator immediately on your left to the roof, floor 2 on the panel. From the rooftop parking lot here, you can see the split of the NEC from the LIRR at the east end of Harold Junction. Given fair warning, I might even be able to meet you and guide you through things.
One other non-NEC option is to come to NYP, ride the LIRR to Jamaica and check out the LIRR action at Jamaica. These are some of the busiest Interlockings in the US, especially during rush hour.
Staying south of NY, Rahway could perhaps be interesting as you have multiple tracks there as the NEC & NJT's North Jersey Coast lines come together.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:18 AM
Alexandria station - numerous trains, but limited speeds.
Doswell VA - Has a nice old R F & P tower as well as a mainline crossing with the old C & O Piedmont line (now CSX/Buckingham Branch). The Buckingham Branch has a nice GP 9 parked on the siding tracks. Also there is an old country store right next to the tracks that is a very nice antique shop. Maybe 40 to 50 trains per 24 hrs (both lines combined). The CSX main has Auto Train, S Star, S Meteor, Palmetto, Carolinian, plus about 5 more Northeast trains each way... Also quite busy with freight traffic too...
Ashland, VA is excellent - the station is old and quaint - and open to the public, and there is an nice old Inn with a great front porch and rockers that overlooks the main line. Also there are lots of eateries too... Bring a bike - good bike riding along the tracks along the tree lined streets of Ashland (Railroad Ave). You can ride bikes between the train activity. The railroad is pretty much the theme of Ashland.
Petersburg, VA - excellent place at Collier yard - where the CSX main crosses above the NS mainline to Norfolk (Roanoke - Norfolk line). Trains will pass there at decent speeds. And a little farther down the CSX mainline is Carson, VA. They pass through the picturesque farm village at 79 MPH. Nice parking lot by the old bank and the restored train station. Close to I-95 too.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 02:12 AM
BWI was a GREAT place!! I will 110% do it again! The first set of trains were Marc trains and it was a meet and perfect sunlight! In matter of fact the weather was perfect! Just minor cloud cover. A nice breeze was blowing too. Some how a decent brush fire kicked up on the side of the Southbound Platform and duty called so I grabbed the attention of an Amtrak Police officer who was freaking out. Asked her where a fire extinguisher was to put it out. She gave me a little bit of h$%l for it then came around when I said right now it's about to get worse. Let me down there.. I'm currently hoping there's not a federal warrant for my arrest. I will say her dog scared the living h&*l out of me. She later thanked me.
Why is it that these cops get put through hours of training but yet from what it seemed they got ZERO fire extinguisher training???? Even local and state police officers get put through it.. So why not them?? Does any one know if they do? And if they are not why not? It could have been a lot worse then it was.. It's the stuff that gets one thinking..
Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:09 AM
Thanks for all the advice! I really love all these spots. Ryan how do fares work on the Metro in DC?? How are they with Railfans taking photos from NY Ave?
Fares in DC are distance based, although if you remain within the downtown area it's basically the same fare no matter where you go. One could even walk from WUS to NY Ave, I've done it several times staying in a hotel right next to the NY Ave station. But I'll walk from WUS to the hotel since it's cheaper than riding.
Of course one can't really get into the station without paying, so that is an issue. And you can't enter the Metro at WUS, ride to NY Ave, and then ride back. The system won't know what to do with you, since you started and ended at the same station. So you'd have to exit at NY Ave and then either walk back or reenter paying a second fare to ride back.
Actually, the system will know what to do with you.
If you enter and exit at the same station, you get charged base fare. ($1.60 off-peak, $2.15 during rush hour*).
*Note: Fares go up July 1.
Anyway, there are several good places to go where you can watch trains from the Metro platform without leaving the faregates.
NoMa-Galluadet U (New York Avenue) [Red Line] This station is good if you like watching trains creep by. You do see a lot of them. It's right next to the lead track into Union Station.
NoMa-Galluadet U platform.
Landover [Orange Line] This station is located right next to the NEC, and at higher elevation. You can watch Acelas speed along the corridor at a good clip (probably about 90), since they don't stop at New Carrollton. Regionals and MARC trains will be slowing for their stop at New Carrollton.
King Street or Braddock Road [Blue/Yellow] These stations are right next to the RF&P Subdivision. You can see the Amtrak trains that operate south of Washington along with VRE trains and CSX freights.
Any station between Brookland and Silver Spring [Red] has the platform and Metro tracks between the CSX/MARC tracks. You can see the Capitol Limited, rush hour MARC commuter trains, and freights from the platform.
If you want to venture outside the Metro system, you have options, too.
In Downtown Silver Spring, there's a short segment of elevated trackage for the Metro and CSX tracks. You can get some interesting perspectives.
Outside the Silver Spring station.
College Park [Green] has a pedestrian grade crossing at the MARC station. The tracks are home to CSX and MARC commuter trains.
Commuter rail platforms can also be an option, Greenbelt, New Carrollton, and King Street have easily accessible platforms. Technically, I believe you have to be a ticketed passenger to be on the platform at New Carrollton, but I've never been questioned (I've always been ticketed anyway), despite arriving on the platform more than an hour before my train and taking lots of photos.