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Friday, August 31, 2012

12-08-31 PHOTOS: New Hampshire Funspot

Over Labour Day I took my annual trip up to New Hampshire to visit a friend in Portsmouth and this year we decided to head up to the Funspot Family Fun Center and American Classic Arcade Museum, which thanks to attrition is now the largest video arcade in the world. In order to get up to New Hampshire I of course had to take an Amtrak Regional train up through New York and then transfer to a Downeaster train in Boston so most of today's photos are going to cover what I saw making the self transfer between Boston South Station and Boston North Station.

You can find the full set of photos here.

We begin at Penn Station and although I know there are some rather large gaps in the LIRR section it is really necessary to festoon every door with four warning stickers?

Here we see some M2's in the motor storage yard in New Haven. Across the way Amtrak has taken to keeping an MP15DC switcher over in their engine terminal.

At BOS I found Amtrak AEM-7 #918 ready to lead a Regional southbound sitting next to an Acela Express trainset.

At the other end of the platform AX #2029 was playing the role of rear power car.

Messerschmidt cab car #1502 head of a split level K-car. All they need now is something from Fiat or Breda and the MTBA can start running "axis specials".

Standing in for the allies was Hawker Orange Line car #1210 at the Sullivan Sq. From all the corrosion it seems that Hawker would have been better served had they stuck with fabric construction instead of Aluminum.

I had a bit of extra time in the connection so I took a bit of a joy ride on the Orange Line. Here my train back to North Station arrives headed by car #1228.

MTBA GP40MC #1130 sitting on track 10 at North Station. 

Amtrak P42DC #122 on the 5:30pm Downeaster departure sitting next to MTBA F40PH #1008.

MTBA GP40MC #1118 departing with a north end commuter run.

Two routes lined through TOWER A interlockings across the dual drawbridges.

In order to simplify drawbridge openngs the MTBA has a thing for dueling departures.

Amtrak cabbage car #90213 departing Dover with a northbound Downeaster train set.

The Funspot marquee displaying one of its numerous Libertarian propaganda messages. The fun center is owned by a rabid right winger who uses a number of non-profit enterprises such as the Arcade Museum and a co-located right wing newspaper to avoid paying taxes to various evil governments.

 Transit oriented Unicorn art is downtown Dover, NH.

#90213 again this time arriving at Dover to take me back to Boston.

MARC engine #66 was still in service with the MTBA to cover a locomotive shortage caused by a rebuilding programme.

Back on the T here is a video of an Orange Line with #1247 in the lead making a stop at the North Station Super Station.

Acela Express trainset #2038 at Boston South Station.

The Electric Boat Company at New London.

The USCG Eagle docked at New London ready to be used by a new class of coast Guard Academy cadets. 

Well that's it for this week.

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