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Friday, July 5, 2013

13-07-05 PHOTOS: JZ HD

Two years ago I set out on a hunt to catch the R42's running on the JZ and was rewarded with a full round trip, rare for the mid-day hours. Unfortunately with old camera with its 1GB memory cards was only capable of recording 20 minutes of 480p video so when this year it was announced that the R32's were going to spend their Summer on the Jamaica line I went out with my new camera to get some full line videos in HD. I will save those videos for another post, but for now let's check out the stills and shorter videos that I gathered during the July 4th holiday week.

You can find the full set of photos here and for the record Chuchubob attended this trip with me and I would like to thank him for his participation.

We begin at Chambers Street, where a moment of inattention caused us to miss an R32 C train and have to settle for an R160 trainset instead :-(

Transferring at Fulton I was surprisingly disappointed to wind up catching one of the few remaining R42 trainsets as opposed to an R32! Only in the Summer eh? What's the difference? Build Quality!

Into the sun this was mostly a video trip, but I did catch this R32 B train at Myrtle Ave.

Staring down the single Slip switch at Broadway Junction.

Another of the R42 trainsets rounding the Cypress Hill curve.

Our outbound R42 trainset at the Jamaica Center.

Due to trackwork, outbound trains were running express from Myrtle to Broadway Junction. The initial run on this section was slow as balls, but a followup run after the workers had gone, but before the GO was lifted resulted in a rare millage express trip.

My clean windows filming platform waiting to relay at Broad St for the trip back to the Jamaica Center.

 Inbound J160 seen while crossing the Willy B for the third time that day. With a roll of video already in the bag i was able to go back to stills for the return trip to Broadway Junction.

Before we are even off the ramp we are passed by an inbound M160.

Our J32 continuing on to the Jamaica Center.

Outbound train of R143's on the L at Broadway Junction.

East New York Yard with R42's and R32's galore.

What a lineup!

Why did Bob and I go to East New York? Well to catch an A-train to Rockaway Park. First A out of ENy was a Lefferts so that meant changing trains at Rockaway Blvd. A46 #6004 departing Rockaway Blvd.

Then it was time for another change at Broad Channel. Far Rock A46 train #5846 departing Broad Channel.

Inbound A46 train arriving at Broad Channel.

Rockaway Park shuttle arriving and then pulling out to relay. R46 #5978 was on the rear of the set.

This was my first ever trip to Rockaway Park. #5978 now signed as an S train.

Of course trying to visit Rockaway Park before another storm wipes it out is just one motivation for the trip. The other was that $2 ferry with the $3 beers. View from the Marine Parkway bridge as we pass under it en-route to Manhattan.

 Who says one can't railfan from a boat! Bay Ridge Car floats.

"Diamond" Bob Diamond's PCC trolleys in Red Hook.

The MV Stadt Luneburg unloading at the Red Hook container depot.

 With 32 oz of beer in me it was a mad dash to PATH and the NJT connection in Newark. Here we see PL42AC #4007 about to head out on an RVL run.

Just before ALP-46 #4624 joined it with an NJCL train.

Well that's all for now. Remember to stay tuned for a special video supplement.

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