Archive for the ‘photo update’ Category

SITE UPDATE: Seashore Trolley Museum photos

Monday, August 11th, 2008

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I’ve added another page worth of photos of Seashore Trolley Museum, starting with the last row on this page. I’ve been going up there regularly the last two summers, trying to get qualified as a Level 1 operator. So far I’ve gotten qualified on 1267, 631, and 303. I still need to get qualified on 2709 to get my actual license, but that car is out of service more often than not, making it difficult to even get practice time on it. I recently purchased my own radio to use up there, since Seashore’s radios often have flaky performance (when I can get one at all - a few times I’ve been stuck with no radio).

SITE UPDATE: more Mattapan Line photos (again)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

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Yep, I’m still going out and getting more shots of the Mattapan Line.  I also keep finding new locations to shoot from.  Enjoy.

SITE UPDATE: more Mattapan Line photos

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

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I’ve added a bunch of new photos to my Mattapan Line pages, starting on the top of this page.  In the process, I removed a pair of photos from my previous update and replaced them with better shots of the same areas.  I also added an oddball shot to my Interesting Railroad Photos page.

SITE UPDATE: #5 Blue Line cars finally in service

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

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Today I headed out to the Blue Line to track down the first train of #5 East Boston Tunnel cars to enter service.  0708-0711 entered service yesterday, the first new cars to do so on the Blue Line in 29 years.  I was quite successful in my endeavor.  I caught them with little wait at State and rode them to Bowdoin, out to Wonderland, and finally back to Revere Beach, where I got off to get some photos from a pedestrian overpass near the station.  I had to wait around in the cold there for almost an hour before they returned outbound, and then waited some more so I could get some photos of them going inbound there as well.  I then caught another inbound train, hoping to catch the new cars at Aquarium.  I just missed them there, but while I waited for them to return from Wonderland I got plenty of photos at Aquarium, which I’ve never photographed before.  I must say, the T has done an excellent job refurbishing Aquarium.  It’s brightly lit, allowing for excellent shots even with my slower lens, and the new (false) ceiling gives it a very modern appearance.  It’s definitely one of the best stations in Boston.  After the new cars came back inbound, I again waited at Aquarium for them to return outbound and get a few more shots.  After that, I headed back home, where I warmed up with some hot chocolate.  Photos can be found here, starting with the last two on the page.

I also took a few photos of Revere Beach while I was waiting for the new cars to return there. Here’s a view of the beach looking north. The lamppost was rather interesting. I also thought this apartment complex just north of the station looked kind of interesting, with its blocky profile.

SITE UPDATE: Cape Cod Central and Mass Coastal photos

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

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Today Bernie and I went out to find the new Mass Coastal Railroad locomotives.  We were successful, finding all of them lined up behind the engine house in Hyannis.  After getting plenty of shots of them and the Cape Cod Central coaches there, we went to Bourne to photograph the lift bridge over the Cape Cod Canal.  The photos are here.

SITE UPDATE: Capen Street Station at night

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

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I tried to head into Boston this afternoon to meet my friend Bernie, but never got out of town due to weather-related problems (we just had a snow and ice storm). When I got to Capen Street, there was a trolley idling at the inbound platform and a hi-rail line truck on the side of the road. The motorman informed me that the line was being bustituted because a tree had fallen somewhere on the line. Naturally, no bus ever showed up at the usual Capen Street bus stop (as I subsequently learned, the T seems to have adopted for such emergencies the same bussing scheme it used while the line was shut down for the loop rebuilds: busses via River Street or Brook/Central, and vans to Capen Street and Valley Road). Eventually I walked back to the station to see what was happening, arriving as they were partway through getting the line truck onto the tracks (the trolley had backed up to Mattapan in the interval). The truck proceeded to Mattapan on the inbound track, so I assume that’s where the fallen tree was. About 45 minutes later it came back on the same track, and switched back to using rubber tires. That was about 6:15, and at 6:20 service on the line resumed, with several trolleys in a row returning from Ashmont or wherever they had been sitting.

The snow and ice on the tree branches was quite beautiful at night with the station lights illuminating them, so I went back home and got my camera for some night shots, which can be found here.

New cellphone

I got a new cellphone yesterday, a Motorola RAZR V3m. Looks nice, and it makes calls. It also charges without any trouble, using a regular mini-USB plug (my old phone used a charging station, which was apparently sensitive to changes in the earth’s magnetic and gravitational fields. The last few months I had to stick a cotton ball between the phone and the charger so that the electrical contacts would make sufficient contact with each other for the damn thing to charge). There are some weird things about it, though. ‘Battery charging’ is indicated by flashing the low-battery indicator (yeah, that’s obvious). The belt clip attaches to the front of the phone, so you have to take the whole thing off just to check the time (fortunately, I rarely need the belt clip). And per Verizon SOP, the Bluetooth is crippled. I’m actually amazed that I can use that to transfer photos and videos from my phone to my computer (and add photos to my phone for wallpaper). Music is right out though, as that is restricted to Windows XP users who want to pay more money each month for the right to put music on their phones. Hopefully, by the time my contract runs out in 2010 I’ll be able to afford an iPhone.

SITE UPDATE: New Blue Line photos

Friday, December 28th, 2007

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I went railfanning with some friends today.  Initially, it was just supposed to be me and my friend Bernie, but as we entered State Street on the Blue Line he spotted Stevie, another local railfan that we know, waiting on the other platform.  We got off and joined him, and it turned out he was on his way to meet yet another railfan, Brandon, to do the same thing.  We decided to all stick together for the day. 

Prior to meeting Stevie, Bernie and I spent some time at North Station and Government Center.  At the former, we happened across the ‘double draft’: F40PH-2C 1054 and GP40MC 1124 double-heading a train.  The 1054 has a broken HEP generator, while the 1124 has a broken prime mover, so MBCR double-headed them to effectively create one working locomotive.  At Gov’t Center, we discovered that the Brattle Loop was filled with out-of-service trains (four 2-car trains by my count).  Why they were there so early in the day is a mystery.  There’s a pair of photos of them on the bottom of this page. 

After meeting up with Stevie and Brandon, we spent most of our time on the Blue Line.  Our first stop was Revere Beach, where Stevie led us to a footbridge over the Blue Line that provided some good views of the trains.  We then headed inbound one stop to Beachmont, where we got lunch at a small deli outside the station (they make pretty good roast beef sandwiches, by the way).  Photos from the Blue Line are here (new ones start with the second Scollay Under sign). 

We then made our way back to North Station to hang out for a while.  The Downeaster was in, with a wreath on the nose of the cabbage car.  The double-draft was also back.  Eventually we all left, Stevie to a family dinner, while the rest of us went down to Ashmont (which, in my case, is the same as heading home).  Bernie and Brandon joined me on the trolley there for one stop, getting off at Cedar Grove while I continued on home.  All in all, an excellent day of railfanning.

SITE UPDATE: Commuter Rail

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

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As promised, I’ve posted the revamped Commuter Rail gallery. Photos are divided by line, starting with Rockport and ending with Greenbush. Enjoy.

SITE UPDATE: Boston Engine Terminal

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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I’ve created a new page just for Boston Engine Terminal. The first 46 images (most of the first two pages in the new gallery) are from the old commuter rail page, while the rest are new. New is relative, of course, as some of the new ones are from last fall. In the near future I will be replacing the other commuter rail page with a new one that covers everything besides BET.

I also need to get in touch with my hosting provider, as I’ve lost all FTP access to my site for the time being. I can log in, but then it hangs trying to load the directory. That means I can’t do anything with Contribute at all, and the only way to add stuff is to go through my CPanel and add each file individually.

SITE UPDATE: They’re actually getting something done at Ashmont

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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I’ve posted a few new photos of the construction at Ashmont here (the last four photos on that page). Trackwork on the new trolley loop has finally started. None of the trolley wire has been strung yet, but the hangers are in place. Just as important, work has finally begun on the new station, with the framework for about a quarter of the new roof in place. Not much more can be built without blocking off more of the inbound platform. Best estimates are that the trolley will be running again by the end of this month.

I have begun work on redoing my Commuter Rail pages. I have a lot of new photos to add, and a lot of work to do on the galleries themselves. Since there’s so many of them, I’m going to put my Boston Engine Terminal photos into a new gallery. Among the new photos are some from the brand new Greenbush Line, which saw it’s first day of revenue service on Wednesday, October 31. I was there to ride one of the trains from South Station to Greenbush and back.