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  1. Hi all, I'm proud to announce that the 2019 edition of Tracks of the NYC Subway (print version) will begin shipping in a few days. Dec. 3rd is the official date, but I think I'll have pre-orders filled on Friday or Saturday, depending on how cooperative my printer is. If you've already ordered, you should start checking your mailbox on Saturday or Monday. PDF orders are already going out as fast as they're received. Thanks to all the forum members for your support, for helping out with accuracy, and for entering the photo contest. You all make this work possible! I do have a small favor to ask. For next year, I'm planning to update the information on all the yards, and especially Linden and Clifton since they're well off the radar for most of us. If you have any insight to what goes on in any of the yards that's not already in the book please drop me a line. Cheers, Peter Dougherty, Author/Publisher
  2. OK, enough dilly-dallying! Time to announce the winners! The front cover winner is Kenny Richetti for the Ghost Of The 7. ] And the rear cover winner is Jie wen Li. I really liked the J-train image, but after manipulating it as best I could and consulting my book's printer, there's no way I could make it work in print. Just too dark and too noisy, unfortunately. I also loved the A train motion picture, and if I hadn't received Kenny's winning image, it would have won the day. The two trains on the Manny-B was a good photo, but I used something similar on the back cover a couple of years ago, and the old/new 4 trains just didn't have the pop I was looking for. My sincere thanks to all entrants and feel free to submit your photos for next year's contest, which runs until Oct. 15, 2019 at 11:59pm. I would like to add that for next year and beyond, I'd like to get back to more track/signal-focused pictures if possible, since that's really the focus of my work. Long-lens shots of interlockings, nice underground shots with tunnel lights and signals reflecting off the rails, night, dawn/twilight outdoor shots, and so on. I'm a bit less likely to consider train run-by photos in the future unless the image is really amazing. Thanks once again, and CONGRATS to the winners! I will be in contact with you shortly.
  3. Thanks! I didn't know how to do that. I will hopefully announce a winner next week. I need to get the finalists' best-quality image files first to see how each of them will print on an offset press. So far I'm having real trouble with the train. Looks great on screen but at 1200 dpi....not so much, alas.
  4. Well here they are, folks! These are the finalists for the 2019 trackbook cover. You can vote for your favourites if you'd like! The runners-up will qualify for the back cover. My sincere thanks to all who submitted entries. I will announce the winner next week. I had wanted to create a poll here for these images, but it appears as though the software doesn't allow that option. Enjoy!!
  5. I have four finalists at present, and by Friday, the 19th, I should have two more. Watch this space! Also, does anybody happen to have the current interlocking plans for 6th Ave and West 4th? I was down there today and wasn't able to get any of the signal numbers from in the tunnels. Info greatly appreciated, please-n-thanx.
  6. The contest is now closed and I'm evaluating the entries and will be doing mockups shortly. One of the entrants send images that were too small and I'm still waiting to receive these before I can post the finalists. I will post the list of finalists as soon as I can, most likely on Friday or Saturday (Oct. 19/20th). At this point I'm beginning to assemble and prepare revisions, corrections and additions for 2019. If you have any info to share I would be most grateful! As always, I'm looking for track and switch changes, signal changes, new interlocking signal numbers, tower info, and car/yard assignments
  7. Hey guys, just a reminder that we're only a week away from the end of the contest. Get your best shots in soon! Good luck to everybody.
  8. Now with that said, if I get a perfect picture that's an odd size, I can put a black bar in to fill up the unused space (I've done it before--this year's back cover is like that). But for a front I'd prefer not to if at all possible.
  9. Feel free to submit as many as you want. Dozens. Hundreds Here's the thing about optical zoom. It's fine for on-screen viewing but in print it looks poor and really isn't usable beyond the slightest bit. Also, unless you snap the perfect image with 100% perfect subject placement in the frame, there will have to be some enlarging and cropping involved, so the more data there is to play with the better. A standard 35mm frame size or an iPhone or Android will not natively fill the 9 x 11.75 inch frame size that I start with. So I need to embiggen the image in Photoshop just to use every pixel submitted. That act in itself can wash out optical zoom for things like iPhone cameras. Now if I need to enlarge further for subject placement within the frame I need to inconvenience even more native pixels. So yeah, for the purposes of entering the contest, any resolution submitted is just fine. But if you win, I need a nice and big image. Full-frame 35mm at 24 MP sensor will do that in spades. I prefer either TIF or RAW for final images, but jpegs for the contest are perfectly fine. Nothing under about 3 or 4 MB, though--there's just not enough data.
  10. Hi folks! Just a friendly reminder to the good folks here that Tracks of the NYC Subway is still accepting submissions for the 2019 front and rear cover images. The contest closes at 11:59pm on Oct. 14th. Details at http://nyctrackbook.com/photo_contest.html. Once again this year I'm asking for details of changes in tracks, signals, towers, major G.O.s (other than the L-pocalypse, that is) and related info. Edits for the new edition have started and will continue until the week of Thanksgiving. Any and all info greatly appreciated, and will be credited in print on request. Thanks to everyone for your interest and keep up all the great posts. Cheers, Peter Dougherty, Author/Publisher 2018 Edition still available. 2019 edition coming on Dec. 3rd
  11. The east side, which was the original subway from 1954 (Eglinton to Union), at least while I was living there, up to 2000. The 401 is insane, as is the DVP/404 and Gardiner. Rush "hour" lasts from 6am to 10am, and from 2pm to 8pm (and it's still bad after that on weekends). Development was allowed to explode across the GTA without a corresponding increase in transportation infrastructure, and the city will pay the price for decades now. I do, but only if it's done correctly. CBTC (NYC's implementation, to be specific) is being installed on the Yonge-University-Spadina line now. Once the Bloor-Danforth line has also been converted as well, that's the time to bring back interlining, essentially as it was done in the 60s, with short-turn trains only providing service variations. Eglinton to Keele and Donlands, or some variation along those lines. Maybe out to Main St. since there's a GO train connection there, provided they could build a center track on one side and a double crossover on the other. I doubt this would work without CBTC fully operational. Scheduling would be difficult but not impossible; and advertise the hell out of it 6 months before implementation.
  12. Hi all, Just wondering if there's any news on the progress of the 6th Ave. signaling with the midtown master tower and the eventual decommissioning of West 4th St (and others?)?
  13. The TTC is woefully underbuilt for what Toronto has become. Council is in love with streetcars and seems to be allergic to heavy-rail subways. The Downtown Relief Line should have been built 30 years ago and it's still just a glimmer in a transit planner's eye. They should go back to interline operation via lower bay as well. Byford did the best he could with what he had, and he clearly has the passion for urban mass transit. Toronto's politicians are as bad as or worse than what we have in NYC, though, and their only constant is that they're vehemently anti-car and pro-bike-lane. They don't seem to have much in the tank beyond that. You'll never see new roads built in the 416, and there is no vision to implement a transit plan that does more than bring workers from the 'burbs into the downtown core in the morning and get them back home in the evening.
  14. Hey all, The PDF edition is now available. The print edition will ship out on or before Dec. 1st.

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