Every February I travel with a friend to the Capitol District of New York in order to spend a day skiing at Gore Mountain and then watch the Engineers of RPI take on some other northeastern NCAA Division I men's ice hockey team in the Big Red Freakout. This trip is naturally done via Amtrak's Empire service and also involves a good helping of supplementary railfanning via car in the capitol region.
Unfortunately due to a severe oil leak I was unable to complete all of the initially planned railfanning activities, but I still got a few in. If you are interested in everything you can see it here
We begin with a shot of HUDSON tower covered in snow from the constant parade of snow storms that hit the Northeast this season.
North of NYC we have a view of the soon to be demolished Tappen Zee bridge from the side window of an Amtrak Empire train.
MNRR M3 pair 8037 and 8038 sitting at Harmon yard.
Snow covered Amfleet on the rear of a Niagara Falls bound regional
sitting next to P32AC-DM #717 at the Joe Bruno Albany-Rensselaer rail
Snow covered CP-142 still waiting to be rebuilt.
Track facing side of the NY State Senate President Joe Bruno Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station.
Old school searchlights on a new school gantry structure at CPO-1 on the former D&H Colonie Sub in Albany. This is situated at the north end of the D&H Albany yard in downtown Albany.
The connecting track from the Albany Yard up to the former NYC passenger
line doesn't see much use. The connecting track runs about a quarter
mile from CPO-1 to CP-145.
Duo of Guilford Rail System SD40-2's (#601 and #616) with HLCX lease unit #8147.
Short video of the units making some noise.
North end of Mohawk Yard and CPF-483 along side HLCX #8147.
Here we see the searchlight distant signal to CPF-477 on the Rotterdam Junction secondary track where it crosses Blue Barns Rd at Burnt Hills. This track allowed the D&H to interchange with the NY Central's Selkirk Yard freight bypass at Rotterdam Junction (CP-RJ).
We'll finish up with a view of the new 1 WTC as seen from across the Jersey Meadowlands.
BTW if anyone is interested RPI won the game against Brown.