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Friday, March 15, 2002

02-03-15 CLASSIC PHOTOS: Spring Break Subtrip

Due to my 2010 C&O Main Line Survey taking a solid two weeks to process I scrambled a bit and pulled together a gem from the classics bin dating way back to the spring of 2002. Don't worry, this isn't just a repost/ I reprocessed all of the photos to bring them up to modern standards of quality and resolution and also posted the whole set online which I didn't start doing regularly until late in 2003.

It's a pretty straightforward set of photos. While on Spring Break from school I took a day to travel up to New York City to ride around the subway. To get there I caught NJT from the Hamilton Station and while in the city I ended up at Myrtle Ave and 4th Ave. Can't remember what else I did, but that's where I have photos from XD

Anyway you can check out the full set of photos right here. Today's photo set can be made part of a drinking game. Every time you see something that is no longer in service, take a drink!!!

As I was still a student and Governor Fatass hadn't raped the public transport budget yet NJT stiff offered these things called Off Peak Fares so I hung out at the Hamilton station taking photos until the first off-peak train arrives. First to arrive was an Arrow III trainset with 1378 in the front and you have to take a drink for the RTX fares.

And 1440 on the rear.

Still waiting for the fares to drop here is another Arrow III train with 1454 on the rear.

Here ALP-44 #4405 pulls in with a southbound reverse peak train. Who knew that despite its modern appearance this class of locomotives was falling apart and would need to be retired less than 10 years later.

Oh man, I remember these dinosaurs and here is one in its native habitat. Amtrak E60 #603 at the head end of a long distance train moving at the leisurely pace of 90mph on the local track. And look, there's this thing called a "crew dorm" that allows the train crew to avoid using revenue space in the Viewliner. What a novel concept. Two drinks btw.

The ACLEA Express trainsets were little more than a year into service when 2028 shot by my painfully slow Arrow III just before the Princeton Jct station.

To show you how slow my Arrow III was we were passed by second ACELA trainset while passing through UNION interlocking.

HUDSON tower was still manned and routing trains though the old Manhattan transfer area.