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1-24-08 G.O. Adventure (Not exactly the way I planned)

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Because I have to get dispersal camera, (F) for Fulton St Local, (G) Culver Line, (L) Shuttle Bus plan will be derail for tomorrow instead.

So, I started at 82nd St-Jackson Heights.

I got on conductor's car of Queensboro Plaza (7 ) R62A Bombadier #1835 departed 8:59.

Conductor did excellent job today.

Arrive 74th St-Broadwaway at 9:00.

I got on front car of Jamaica-179th St (E) Budd Company #3445 departed Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av/

Conductor on (E) did well done job.

As train was pulling over at Forest Hills, conductor announced:

"Ladies & Gentlemen! May I have your attention, please! Due to construction work, there are no (E) train service to Jamaica Center-Parsons Blvd, Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av and Jamaica-Van Wyck. Last stop on all (E) and (F) train is Jamaica-179th St! For service to Jamaica-Van Wyck, Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av for LIRR and Airtrain JFK and Jamaica Center-Parsons Blvd, transfer at Union Turnpike for free shuttle bus on street level making all (E) stops between Kew Garden and Jamaica Center."

Arrive Kew Garden-Union Turnpike at 9:14.

 

Next I got on Jamaica Nova RTS-06 #8969 as (E) Shuttle Bus departed Queens Blvd/80th Rd at 9:17, stopping at Van Wyck Blvd, then at main entrance at Jamaica-Van Wyck, where b/o did excellent job. There was no one at shuttle bus stop helping out to explain to people.

Arrive at Jamaica Center at 9:30.

 

Next, I got on Casey Stengel Orion 05.501 #279 as (E) Shuttle Bus departed Jamaica Center at 9:32, another excellent B/O, and arrive Kew Garden-Union Turnpike at 9:46.

 

Next, I got on front car of Jamaica-179th St (E) R40M St. Louis #4507 departed 9:48, arrive Jamaica-179th St at 10:00.

 

I rush to front car side.

Next, R160A Alstom (E) pulled over first, and took picture of front car 9267, but I got on front car of Euclid Av-bound (F) Budd Company R32 #3751 departed first at 10:05, arrive West 4th St at 10:45.

 

When I was waiting for Rockaway Park (A), same R160A (E) pulled over few minutes later.

After that, it was my lucky day.

 

Following by that train, I got on front car of Rockaway Park-Beach 116th St-bound (A) Budd Company #3695 departed at 10:53.

Even the (A) conductor did that excellent job.

As (A) train was arriving at Jay St, conductor announced,

"Ladies & Gentlemen! All (A) trains running express in Brooklyn. For local service, transfer here for (F) train making all (C) stops in Brooklyn. For (F) stations, take (G) train at next stop, Hoyt-Schermerhorn.

As it arrive at Rockaway Blvd,

"Ladies & Gentlemen, due to construction work, there are no (A) train to Far Rockaway. All trains will be going to Rockaway Park. For service to Far Rockaway, transfer at 90th St for free shuttle bus to Far Rockaway."

Arrive Beach 90th St at 11:54.

 

This time for shuttle bus, we have to walk to Rockaway Beach Blvd Q22 bus stop, where I got on Casey Stengel Orion 05.501 #580 as (A) Shuttle Bus departed 11:59 and boy, (A) shuttle bus WAS FAST IN THE ROCKAWAYS because of no traffic. Also car drivers driving in the Rockaways have RESPECT FOR BUSES!.

It follow Q22 to Beach 73rd St, then went on Beach Channel Drive straight to Mott Av.

Arrive Far Rockaway-Mott Av at 12:16.

 

After nice teenage boy helped me make understand at McDonald, I got the chicken wrapper.

 

Next, I got on Queens Village NOVA RTS-06 #9386 (A) Shuttle Bus departed pickup at Beach 22nd St at 12;23, then return to Beach Channel drive, and at Beach 73rd St, it follow Q22 route to Beach 94th St, where it used Holland Av to Beach 90th St. Another excellent speed.

Arrive at 12:43.

 

It was very cold waiting for train there.

I got on conductor's car on Rockaway Park-Beach 116th St-b0und (A) R44 St. Louis #5243 departed 12:54, arive Rockaway Park-Beach 116th St at 12:59.

 

I made to front car on 168th St-Washington Heiights-bound (A) R44 St. Louis #5236 departed 13:09.

When it arrive at Beach 90th St, conductor did another great job annoucing about shuttle bus, and Euclid Av for (F) local service, well as (G) for Coney Island.

Arrive at Chambers St at 14:02.

 

Next, I rush to Park Place station, and also told few tourists wating for (C) train, no (C). (A) is making local stops in Manhattan and made to front car of 96th St-bound (2) R142 Bombadier #6725 departed 14:04, arrive Chambers St at 14:05.

Next I got on Michael J. Quill Nova RTS-06 #5235 (1) Shuttle Bus departed 14:11, arrive South Ferry at 14:19.

 

I finally got on Micahel J. Quill New Flyer Artic #5590 on (1) Shuttle Bus departed 14:255.

He had to turn around at North St, then arrive Chambers St at 14:32.

 

Next, I got on front car of 96th St-bound (2) R142 Bombadier #7001 using (5) car departed 14:38, arrive 14th St at 14:44.

 

Next, I got on front car of Van Cortlandt Park-242nd St-bound (1) R62A Bombadier departed downtown EXP track at 14:49.

(1) conductor did excellent job with (2) shuttle bus announcement.

I got off at 96th St at 15:07.

 

Next, I on Fresh Pond Nova RTS-06 #9540 (2) Local Shuttle Bus departed 15:14/

 

As I was ridding on it, I also saw Next Generation and Jackie Gleason helping out with shuttle bus. Arrive Lenox Av/145th St at 15:43. One person made mistake with M104 because it was using 94th St bus stop.

 

Next, I got on Amsterdam Orion 05.501 #244 (3) Shuttle Bus departed 15:56, arrive Harlem-148th St (149th St) at 15:59, but nice B/O let me stay on it, departed 16:00, back to 145th St at 16:06.

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Next, I got on Manhattanville Nova RTS-06 #8878 departed 16:07, arrive 149th St-Grand Concourse at 16:11.

 

Next, I made into rear car of Wakefield-241st St-bound (5) R142 Bombadier #6385 using (2) car departed 16:13. Conductor did good job.

Arrive Wakefield-241st St at 16:47.

 

I got on front car of Grand Central-bound (5) R142 Bombadier #6360 departed 16:50, arrive East 180th St at 17:03.

 

I was rushing to Dyre Av, I almost made mistake with crossover to catch Dyre Av shuttle with stair next to me.

 

I made to rear car of Eachester-Dyre Av-bound (5)(S) R142 Bombadier #7001 departed 17:05, arrive Eastchester-Dyre Av at 17:19.

It was good thing today was two shuttle trains.

I got on front car of East 180th St-bound (5) Shuttle R142 Bombadier #6785 departed 17:22, arrive E. 180th St at 17:35.

 

I got on front car of Grand Central-bound (5) R142 Bombadier #6651 using (2) car departed 17:42 with excellent conductor, then arrive 149th St-Grand Concourse at 17:96.

 

Next I got on Manhattanville Orion 07.501 #6662 Express (2) Shuttle Bus departed 18:00, arrive 96th St at 18:27.

 

Next I got on front car of Van Cortlandt Park-242nd St-bound (1) R62A Bombadier #2181 departed 18:37, arrive 168th St-Washington Heights at 18:50. Two teenagers were laughing at my R142 imitation.

Time was running out.

 

Next I got on crowded Manhattanville NOVA RTS-06 #8470 with wheelchair (A) Ft. Washington Shuttle Bus left 19:01, arrive Ft. Wash/178th St at 19:07.

 

Next, I cut across the bus terminal to Broadway and another lucky, got on Gun Hill New Flyer Artic #5314 (A) Broadway Shuttle Bus departed 178th St at 19:09, and arrive 168th St-Washington Heights at 19:24.

 

Next I made to front car of Rockaway Park-Beach 116th St-bound (A) departed 19:26, arrive 42nd St-Port Authority Bus Terminal at 19:50.

As I rush hour across the 41st St passege, I said no (7). Take Queens-bound N to Queensboro Plaza or (E)(R) to Roosevelt Av as alternate for (7) train service.

 

I got on front car of Astoria-Ditmars Blvd-bound (N) R160A/B (Forgot the number) departed Times Sq at 19:57, arrive Queensboro Plaza at 20:08.

 

Since it was crowded, I decided to catch (E), so I got on Queens Village Nova RTS-06 #9545 (7) Shuttle Bus departed 20:22, arrive 23rd St-Ely Av/Court Sq/45th Rd at Station at 20:25.

 

Next, I got on front car of Jamaica-179th St-bound (E) R160A Alstom #9237 with broken display screen departed 23rd St-Ely Av at 20:33, arrive Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av at 20:40.

 

Next I got on front car of Flushing-Main St-bound (7) departed 74th St-Broadway at 20:44, arrive Junction Blvd at 20+51.

THE END

 

ENJOY IT!

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Wow that's one big trip you had there, did you go by yourself all the way or did you have a partner? I am usually with someone doing those fan trips, especially if you're going all over the place today. I bet you used an unlimited metrocard that day.

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I try to plan my trip around G.O.s!!!

 

Yuki, why do you choose to railfan when shuttle buses are running? I tend to conduct railfan trips on days when school is off yet the (MTA) is on a weekday schedule. That way, everything goes as planned.

 

Weekends can throw everything off, so when I must do things on weekends, such as Croton open house, I must plan at least a month in advance and have 3 or 4 alternate routes and pick one when the G.O. list comes in.

 

How much data do you log? Major stations? Timepoints? Every station? I tried to log every station and MetroCard swipe, but it was too cumbersome looking at my watch and the train door.

 

Here is a trip I took last Black Friday, members of Rider Diaries would be familiar with this plan, as it was posted there.

 

Start-8 Av. (N)

 

 

  1. (N) to 34 St.
  2. (2) to Chambers St.
  3. (1) to South Ferry
  4. (1) to Chambers St.
  5. (2) to Park Place
  6. (C) to Franklin Av.
  7. (S) to Prospect Pk.
  8. (;) to Sheepshead Bay
  9. (Q) to Coney Island.

 

 

Boarded (N) ~13:30

Got off (Q) ~17:00

 

As you can see, this wouldn't be possible without busing or severe slowdowns on a weekend schedule OR with the common G.O. set below.

 

I originally planned 2 halves-

 

Brighton part on Black Friday

South Ferry part right before South Ferry's expected closing date (12/21) Included the 2 museums, which will now have to wait until July.

 

The common G.O. set I make alternatives for must account for these G.O.s: (not everything happens at once, but be on the safe side.)

 

 

  • No (C) service, (A) runs local
  • (2)(3) runs local
  • The (2) uptown shuttle busing and the aftereffects on (3)(4)(5)
  • No (1) service south of 14 St. and the associated express run
  • No (G) north of Court Sq.
  • (A) runs to Rockaway Pk.
  • (Q) station rehab
  • The (D) on the (A) and its associated effects on (A)(B)(C)(E)
  • No (A) north of 168 St.
  • (L) disruptions of any kind
  • (D) on (N) and vice versa
  • Elevator problems on elevator-only stations. (added after the Herald Sq. elevator wouldn't work)

 

I go over every aspect of the trip many times before making a logsheet!

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I try to plan my trip around G.O.s!!!

 

Yuki, why do you choose to railfan when shuttle buses are running? I tend to conduct railfan trips on days when school is off yet the (MTA) is on a weekday schedule. That way, everything goes as planned.

 

Weekends can throw everything off, so when I must do things on weekends, such as Croton open house, I must plan at least a month in advance and have 3 or 4 alternate routes and pick one when the G.O. list comes in.

 

How much data do you log? Major stations? Timepoints? Every station? I tried to log every station and MetroCard swipe, but it was too cumbersome looking at my watch and the train door.

 

 

I went to check if passengers knew how to handle shuttle buses.

Some people aren`t familar shuttle buses are free, so often they sometimes paid on free shuttle bus.

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I left home late.

I got on third car of Queensboro Plaza-bound (7) R62A Bombadier #1793, cross to 2nd, #1792, then front car #1791 which already departed Junction Blvd at 11:42. Great announcement by conductor.

Arrive 74th St-Broadway at 11:46.

 

Next, I got on front car of Euclid Av-bound (F) R46 St. Louis #5570 departed Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av at 11:52, arrive Lex Av/63rd St at 12:02.

 

Next, I walk to Madison Av where I caught Manhattanville Orion 07.501 Hybrid #6637 depareted Mad Av/63rd St at 12:07, arrive 83rd St at 12:24.

 

While I was having lunch in Museum, I show them my article feature in Sotokoto Magazine. They told me they want to see 64 Perry St, but I told them it'll be difficult for them due to G.O. I show them the way.

 

Then after I took them to gift shop to buy Museum Guidebook in Japanese, I escorted them to 86th St/5th Av, where 100th St New Flyer Artic departed 13:23, arrive Broadway at 13:30.

 

Next we got on front car of Brooklyn College-Flatbush Av-bound (2) R142 Bombadier #Forgot # departed 13:33, arrive 14th St at 13:51.

We exit and I spotted closed passegeway, then we walk to 64 Perry St. I took their pictures, then took them to famous bakery, but it was crowded, and they offer me cupcake for appreciation for guiding them, so they bought me Chocolate Cupcake and had snack in open space there.

 

After that, we made to Michael J. Quill New Flyer Artic #5568 M14A departed 8th Av/Bleecker St at 14:50, arrive 14th St/Broadway-4th Av at 15:02 because they wanted to go to Bloomingdale's and want to be close by Broadway Musical.

 

We got on rear car of Forest Hills-bound (R) Pullman #5796 departed 15:05, arrive Lex Av/59th St at 15:24.

I show them via underpass 59th St passegeway to other side of uptown platform's 60th St exit leading to Bloomingdale's.

I give my e-mail and they said thank you.

 

I got on front car of Whitehall St-bound (N) via (R) Kawasaki R160B #9062 departed 15:27. I not sure if folks are paying attention this (N) is on (R) line to Whitehall St because I got off 34th St-Herald Sq at 15:36.

 

I got on front car of Coney Island-bound (D) via (N) R68 Westinghouse-Amrail departed 15:40.

 

As train was travelling along express track, excellent c/o said, "Ladies & Gentlemen! Due to track work, all Coney Island-bound (D) trains are running on (N) line from 36th St to Coney Island. For service over the (D) line between 36th St and 62nd St, stay on this train to New Utrecht Av and transfer to Manhattan-bound (D) trains making all (D) stops. For service between 62nd St & Coney Island, stay on this train to Coney Island-Stillwell Av, and transfer to Manhattan-bound (D) train.

After that (D) went over on Sea Beach (N) line, spotted Museum Train, but little too far to take pictures.

Arrive Coney Island-Stillwell Av at 16:32.

 

Next I darted to (F) platform to catch (G) because other (G) was pulling in.

 

I got on front car of Long Island City-Court Sq-bound (G) via (F) Pullman #5708 departed 16:44.

As train past by CI Yard, I caught picture of museum train when R46 Pullman clear view.

As train pulled over at Church Av underground, I spotted R32 going toward Stillwell Av.

(G) C/O did excellent job when it was approaching certain stations, he said,

"For (F) train service to Manhattan or Euclid Av, stay on this train to Hoyt-Schermerhon.

At Smith-9th, Carroll, Begen Sts, he repeated.

As it was approaching Hoyt-Schermern, transfer to (F) to Euclid Av across the platform, and (F) to Manhattan on opposite platform, then (A) train.

Arrive there at 17:17.

 

While I was waiting for (F), I was lucky that Euclid Av-bound (F) via (C) Pullman R46 #5912 came first and departed 17:23, arrive Euclid Av at 17:43.

 

I made to front car of Jamaica-179th St-bound (F) via (C) R46 Pullman #5518 departed 17:46, arrive Broadway Junction at 17:52.

 

Next, I got on front car of Bedford Av-bound (L) R143 Kawasaki #8208 with voice kept saying, "This is Manhattan-bound" and also announcement being cut off, departing at 17:59.

When train was approaching last stop, Bedford Av, R143 conductor was hard to hear, and it said, "Ladies & Gentlemen! Due to track work, next and last stop on this train is Bedford Av. For continue service to Manhattan, you must take shuttle train and M14 bus in Manhattan for continues trip. This train will be going back to Rockaway Parkway.

Arrive Bedford Av at 18:17.

 

Next, I got on front car of Union Sq-bound (L) X (S) (no 3rd Av) departed 18:25, and zoomed past 3rd Av, then arrive Union Sq at 18:31.

 

I got G.O. Transfer and went to use restroom at Starbuck because of long (L) local ride, then caught Michael J. Quill New Flyer Artic #1102 M14A Chelsea Pier departed 14th St\Irving Place-4th Av at 18:40, arrive 8th Av at 17:49.

 

Lots of people were taking picture of artworks on 14th St IND Platform with FLASH!! Properly tourist.

I got on front car of Jamaica-179th St-bound (E) via (F) R42 St. Louis #4545 departed 18:56.

At Queens Plaza, (E) cconductor did good excellent job regardding shuttle bus for (E) stations, then arrive Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av at 19:19.

 

I got on front car of Flushing-Main St-bound (7) R62A Bombadier #2080 departed 74th St-Broadway at 19:28, arrive Junction Blvd at 19:33.

THE END.

Enjoy it!

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Your logs are really detailed, nice job.

The people (Japanese tourists?) you helped; was it just a random encounter? :tup: for you if it was!

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Your logs are really detailed, nice job.

The people (Japanese tourists?) you helped; was it just a random encounter? :tup: for you if it was!

 

Sotokoto Magazine is suppose to be famous Volunteer Magazine, but some Japanese folks doesn't know about it.

Also Japanese folks are shy.

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You should have taken the Q35 at rockaway park to Flatbush on the (2)(5) lines instead of having to take an(A) al the way back into Manhattan.

 

Even on weekekend, Q35 is every 30 minutes.

Also my goal was trying to test all Shuttle Buses in one day and make sure if conductors are making announcement or not.

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