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Peter Dougherty

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  1. Just an update, folks. The 2021 book has been released to print. The PDF version is available for immediate download and the print book will be in stock no later than the week of Oct. 19th. BIG thanks to at least two long-time members on this forum for their invaluable assistance. If you're interested, head on over to http://nyctrackbook.com. Thanks again to everybody here who's lent a hand in fact-checking and correcting as needed. I couldn't do this without your help.
  2. Thanks - but the praise goes to the photogs. I just slapped some text on top of those great images and called it a day <grin>. But the book itself, yeah, I can't wait until this is released next month. I really think people are going to like the new edition, And unlike other "new and improved" things, this one retains the old book's look-and-feel, but makes it all look so much nicer. I've got somewhere between 1500 and 2000 hours of work into this, and I'm still at it every day.
  3. Hey all, As I posted a few months ago, due to the pandemic I decided not to hold a cover photo contest this year — for which I apologize profusely to the many talented photographers this site. I hope it can resume again for next year, but I just wasn't comfortable asking people to risk their health (or the health of those around them) just to take pictures for a fun little contest. With that said, for my 2021 book I decided to use a couple of runners-up from previous years on the front and back. So without any further ado, I'm proud to announce that Anthony Maimone's great picture from last year won the front cover for this year. It was so close last year, and this magnificent image is finally getting its due here. A really terrific RFW picture by Trevor Jensen that was taken a few years ago and submitted for the 2017 edition will grace the back cover. Some big news that I think I might have shared here earlier as well. The maps and diagrams for 2021 (and beyond) are in full color! The entire book was revised and every map and symbol was redrawn from scratch. I'm super excited about this year's offering and that it will be available about 6 weeks earlier than usual (by mid-October). Pricing has yet to be determined, but color production will mean a higher cost, sadly. But I've been asked about this by hundreds of folks over the year, so it's finally happening! Here are the cover winners for 2021. Again, big congrats to Anthony Maimone and Trevor Jensen! And here's a sample page from the new version. It's still not finalized yet and there's a lot of work going on, but this page is pretty much locked in, barring any significant problems. This is a static JPEG file, but the PDF will have many links (over 250 new links added this year).
  4. Never heard of this before. Thanks!! There are plenty of links to South 4th Street, but Utica harder to find a good link to. Also never found anything on the unused express trackways at Nostrand Ave.
  5. Hi all, I've been trying to find a good reliable site that has both information and photos of the disused upper level station at Utica Avenue and other 2nd System unfinished but existing features. I had previously linked to a great site called indsecondsystem.weebly.com, but they seem to have removed all the pictures and info for that and other unfinished sites, and there's no way to email or contact the site admin, so I'm back to square one. Google has turned up nothing except Joe Korman's old site, which, sadly, I suspect will fade away in time. Any help greatly appreciated. Cheers, Peter Dougherty, Author/Publisher 2020 Edition now available!
  6. Pre-orders will start tomorrow (friday, Oct. 25th) at nyctrackbook.com.
  7. Yeah, there's some real talent behind the lens out there. It's always tough to choose a cover from the 5 or 6 best every year, but this year (and to a degree last year as well) it took me a week to make the final call. The tough part is to choose a picture that is excellent from a photographic/composition standpoint, but that also conveys that this is a book about tracks and signals. And in the end, it came down to that very thing this year. Anthony's fall colors picture on the was eye-poppingly good and it came >< that close. Now comes the challenging part. All the edits and new pages for 2020! My annual appeal to folks here, if you have any changes in terms of car assignments, new signal numbers or interlocking drawings, knowledge of new track plant configurations, etc, please send 'em along to me at nyctrackbook at gmail dot com. Thanks to all!
  8. This was a hard one, folks! CONGRATULATIONS to front cover winner Anthony Maimone for yet another great front cover shot, and to Uday Schultz for winning the back cover! I will be contacting both winners in the next day or so with photo releases, etc. This was the closest contest I think I've ever had to choose from; just SO many great choices.
  9. I think I had a record number of entries in the photo contest this year. All I can say is WOW, some of you are amazingly good photographers and you should seriously consider taking this up professionally. If there wasn't already an excellent NYC Subway calendar I'd like to feature most of those in such a format. But unfortunately I can only go with one front and one rear cover every year. So without any further ado, here are the six finalists for the 2020 front cover, in no particular order. I would ask the photographer for each of these to please send me the highest-quality/resolution of these images so I can do full color printouts on a commercial printer before I can make a final determination. I will post a few more of the runners-up later on as time allows. I hope to make the final determination in a few days.
  10. I forgot to add this in my original post, if you're submitting photos they should be emailed to nyctrackbook at gmail dot com, with a subject line of Photo Contest. You can submit lower-resolution images for judging, but ultimately I will need the highest quality possible if you're a finalist/winner. Shots taken with phones may or may not produce a good enough image for press work. DSLR images in RAW or JPG/PNG work the best, but so long as the image can be cropped and printed at 300dpi at 9" x 12" then it should be good to go. Thanks in advance, and good luck to one and all! - pjd
  11. Hey folks, Sorry for the delay in posting this earlier. Due to last-minute international travel and some ongoing emergency family medical stuff I wasn't able to do a full posting about the book cover photo contest for the 2020 edition until now. I sincerely apologize for the delay and the resulting short notice. If you have any good quality photos you'd like considered for either the front or back covers of Tracks of the NYC Subway please get them in to me before midnight NYC-time next Tuesday, October 15th. As in years past, I will select 5 or 6 finalists, do up some mock covers for each one, and ask for everyone's opinion in a subsequent post. You folks are the best, and I couldn't make this all happen without your help—and some terrific photos! Along the same lines, any ongoing track/signal construction projects, track realignments, signal renumbering projects, long-term closures, and roster notes, etc, I'd be extremely grateful if you could send the changes my way before my publishing deadline of Nov. 20th. Thanks again, Peter Dougherty, Author/Publisher 2019 Edition now available!
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!!

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