My buddy John called up a few weeks ago and asked me if I wanted to go to
New York City (again) via Amtrak, because they were offering a $29 one-way
ticket between Baltimore/DC and New York. Why would I turn that
Harrison is one of the busiest places to be during the rush hour. You
have an Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, or PATH train coming by almost every
minute. The only thing missing is freight :-)... But if you're into
electric powered trains, this is one of the best places to be! Some of
the NJT trains are diesel powered since they leave the NEC.
Do you know how many pictures I had to take in order to catch that arcing? :-)
PATH 33rd St Station
This is the last station in New York City for the BLUE and YELLOW lines...
Unbelievable how busy this station is during rush hour!!!
It looks like you might have a slightly better watching experience for NB trains from
the NB platform, due to the slight curvature of the line on both sides of the
station. For SB trains, the SB platform looks like it might have the advantage
for approaching trains coming out of New York (didn't get over there to test out this theory :-)
The first picture is looking south. We have three Amtrak PCL signals
and a standard dual head transit colorlight signal for PATH. If you
look close, there is a PL dwarf just to the left of the center of
the picture - it's not very evident on this lower res picture.
From Wikipedia: Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is a 13.8-mile (22.2 km) rapid
transit system in the northeastern New Jersey cities of Newark, Harrison, Jersey
City, and Hoboken, as well as Lower and Midtown Manhattan in New York City. It
is operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey. PATH trains run around the clock year round; four routes serving 13
stations operate during the daytime on weekdays, while two routes operate during
weekends, late nights, and holidays. Its tracks cross the Hudson River through
century-old cast iron tubes that rest on the river bottom under a thin layer of
silt. It operates as a deep-level subway in Manhattan and the Jersey City/Hoboken
riverfront; from Grove Street in Jersey City to Newark, trains run in open cuts,
at grade level, and on elevated track.
The routes of the PATH system were originally operated by the Hudson & Manhattan
Railroad (H&M), built to link New Jersey's Hudson Waterfront with New York City.
The system began operations in 1908 and was fully built out in 1911. Three
stations have since closed; two others were re-located after a re-alignment
of the western terminus. From the 1920s, the rise of automobile travel and
the concurrent construction of bridges and tunnels across the river sent
the H&M into a financial decline from which it never recovered, and it was
forced into bankruptcy in 1954. As part of the deal that cleared the way
for the construction of the original World Trade Center, the Port Authority
bought the H&M out of receivership in 1962 and renamed it PATH. In the 2000s
and 2010s the system suffered considerably from disasters that affected the
region, most notably the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Sandy. Both
private and public stakeholders have proposed expanding PATH service in
New Jersey, and an extension to Newark Liberty International Airport may
be constructed in the 2020s.
Although PATH has long operated as a rapid transit system, it is legally
a commuter railroad under the jurisdiction of the Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA); its trackage between Newark and Jersey City is
located in close proximity to Northeast Corridor trackage and shares
the Newark Dock Bridge with intercity and commuter trains. All PATH
train operators must therefore be licensed railroad engineers and extra
inspections are required. PATH currently uses one class of rolling stock,
the PA5, which was delivered in 2009–2011.
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while
trying to help others.
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.
For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my
indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented
I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while,
an error may creep in :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or
disoriented. Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the
railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job
of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous
and/or other stuff.
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit
is always given! Please be NICE!!! Contact info is here
Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.