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Transit Pictures 4

March 22, 2000
 

QuickJump Bar Stories Part I: Jamaica Yard Part II: To The Bronx Part III: E180 St & Beyond Part IV: R142 Encounter Part V: Homeward Bound

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Part I: Jamaica Yard Part II: To The Bronx Part III: E180 St & Beyond Part IV: R142 Encounter Part V: Homeward Bound

PART I: Jamaica Yard

I bought a single-use camera at a CVS on Queens Blvd in Kew Gardens.  I bought it because I was able to see the Jamaica Yard from the Q74 bus I was riding to the Kew Gardens subway station from Queens College.  I didn't see that view before, so I figured that I would take some pictures so that I could have them if the view I saw closed up again.

After I bought the camera, I took it out of its packaging and took a little detour.   Instead of going directly to the view I saw on the Q74, I followed Union Turnpike to a path that took me north of the road.  I found myself on 113th Place, next to a no-name park (Flushing Meadows?).  I noticed that there was a bridge that ran from underneath 113th Place, across the Grand Central Parkway, and into the yard.  I positioned myself near a fence closest to the bridge.  That's where I took my first picture.  It was a 4 car set of R46's crossing the bridge, going toward the yard.   After that, I returned to the Turnpike and walked to the point where I originally saw the Jamaica Yard.  I took three pictures, but at this time, I don't remember what they were because they're at the developer's and I didn't write any specifics.  I then started to head back to the train station, figuring that I would go to Bedford Park Boulevard in the Bronx to get some subway pictures there.  On the way, I got two bus pictures:  one of an RTS bus (#3913) on the Q46 route, and one of an Orion (#641) on the Q74 route.  After this, I continued walking across the bridge carrying the westbound lanes of Union Turnpike across the Grand Central Parkway.  After I had crossed it, I heard a train horn.  I ran back to the bridge, dropping a pen and the camera in the process, stopping to pick them up, and continuing, I spotted a work train crossing the bridge.  I couldn't I.D. any cars, but I could see a rider car, 3(?) hopper cars, and a crane car.  I took a picture of that, too.
 

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PART II: To The Bronx

I then ran to the train station, in hopes that I'd see it at 71-Continental.   I didn't.  While I waited I spotted an E train with one car whose signs were all screwed up.  I took a picture of that.  I ended up catching an R train to take me into Manhattan.  I don't remember when, but I changed my mind about going to Bedford Park Boulevard and decided to go R142 hunting.  I took the R train to Lexington Avenue, recording a sick bell on R46 car #5610 at 46th Street.  When I got to Lexington Avenue, I went downstairs and caught a 4 train.  Redbirds!  I took the train to 149th Street-Grand Concourse, taking pictures of R33 #9222 and R26 #7758, on the middle track with signs from the 5 line.  I went downstairs and got a northbound 2 train.  When the train got to Freeman Street, I found locomotive #73 on the middle track.  I took a picture of that.
 

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PART III: East 180th Street & Beyond

When the train was approaching East 180th Street, I saw R142's inside the CMF, I didn't take a picture of that, though.  I got to ride a #2 express to Gun Hill Road, where I just missed a downtown #2 train.  I waited a few minutes for the next one.   Meanwhile, I took a picture of an old sign at the station.  It says "GUN HILL."  While I was between East 180 and Gun Hill, I noticed they were in the process of resignalling that part of the line.  When I returned to East 180th Street, I saw a 5 train coming in on the middle track.  I got on the train when the doors to the Manhattan-bound platform opened.  After I got on, they closed.  A few seconds later, the doors facing the northbound platform opened.  We waited a few minutes before leaving the station.  I saw lights of a train on the Y4 track north of the Morris Park station and thought it was the 142's.  Wrong!  Just a 4-car train of Redbirds.  After leaving the Pelham Parkway station, I saw another set of lights, this time on the Y3 track.  As the train I was on got closer, I could see that this was the real McCoy.  A ten-car train of R142's, built by Bombardier, was sitting on the track, at the Gun Hill Road station.
 

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PART IV: R142 Encounter

At this point, I had my mini disc recorder on standby.  I started recording and taking pictures.  Most of the pictures I took on this roll were of this ten-car train.  The cars I saw, in order from south to north, were:

6306-6307-6308-6309-6310-6305-6304-6303-6302-6301.

I got off the northbound 5 train and crossed over to the southbound platform.   As a southbound 5 train was stopping at the station, the train of R142's started moving.  I thought it would go all the way to Pelham Parkway.  Wrong again!   The train never got to Pelham Parkway.  I ran to cross over to the northbound platform, where a 5 train was entering.  I returned to the Gun Hill Road station.   As I got to the southbound platform again, I got to see and record the R142's entering the station.  Cool!  I took a picture of the inside of the train from inside the 5 train. referring to the train as a set of "40 year olds."  I then left, on my way home.
 

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PART V: Homeward Bound

I took a picture of the 142's inside the CMF at East 180th Street.  This was just before the 5 train went express all the way to 3rd Avenue.  I went to the Lexington Avenue/60th Street station.  I saw R32 #3348 on a Brooklyn-bound N train, while waiting for the Queens-bound N train.  I took two pictures of the car at the 5th Avenue station.  Then I ran to the crossover.  I caught an N train of R40 slants and took it to 30th Avenue (Grand Avenue).  I took a picture of a Fishbowl bus stop sign on 30th Avenue, and another of a bus stop sign on 31st Street.  I then caught a Q104 bus at Broadway (#474), taking it to Queens Boulevard.  I took a picture of the bus because my other picture of a Q104 bus had someone walking in front of it.  I finally got a picture of Green Bus Lines bus #282.  That was the last picture on the roll.  I went home after that, and later took the camera to Rite Aid to be developed.
 

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