Fall Foliage 2016

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Fall Foliage 2016

Postby nyandw » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:59 pm

http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/fallphotos/lirrfallphotos.htm

Anyone with new material to add? :-)

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DM30AC #500 pulls a string of bi-level coaches westbound through Pinelawn, NY amidst the full glory of a Long Island Autumn in this October, 2011 view, looking east. (George Povall photo, Dave Keller archive)
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby Head-end View » Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:03 pm

Nice photo..........But stand by for "slip-slide" operating conditions next month, like always happens this time of the year.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby LINYARailfan » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:03 pm

Any word on when the sandite trains will start operating? Thanks
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby DaveBarraza » Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:17 pm

The Pinelawn pic is on the Main Line? Long train...
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby nyandw » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:18 pm

Yes :-)

http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/pinelawn/pinelawn.htm
1st Depot Opened: c. 1895-1897 as “Melville” on NW. side of Wellwood Avenue.
Listed on timetables as flag stop. Then as “Pinelawn (Melville)” in timetable of June, 1898.
Listed as “Pinelawn” in timetable of 1899.
2nd Depot Built: 1915, Closed: 1925 and relocated to S.E. side of Wellwood Avenue.
Opened at new location: 1925. Agency closed: 19 ? .
Greatly remodeled: 6/79 and reopened as shelter only.

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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby Head-end View » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:33 pm

Heard an engineer call-in about "slip-slide" conditions just yesterday. The season has begun.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby nyandw » Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:49 pm

So we have no Fall foliage near the LIRR ROW this year? Wow, global warming (Oops, PC correction - climate change) has really taken its toll.. :wink:
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby Amtrak7 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:16 pm

Tonight the sandites have started.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby nyandw » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:33 pm

Well, since the thread is hi-jacked about Fall foliage LIRR ROW photos, I'll flow with the annual sandite material:
http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/lirrmow.htm#Alcohol%20Cars

Here's the interior of a car:
Image Photo: Mario Craig
Sandite is a sticky, slimy goo stuff. These are a set of cars that were converted with large tanks inside. They're used during the fall/winter. The cars drop the sandite on the railhead and it helps with traction. Alcohol is used on the 3rd rail to prevent freeze ups. A pair of these cars are out in KO, the one above, W85 and a P72. Both haven't been used in awhile. Now there are M1s used in place that have been converted. #2907 and #2909 are alcohol cars. Paul Strubeck
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby nyandw » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:23 pm

All right finally have one! No Fall on Long Island this year? :wink: Image
Albertson Station Fall Foliage View N MTA photo

Enjoy.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby Ocala Mike » Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:08 am

Title of this thread jogged my memory a bit. I seem to recall, going into the "wayback machine," the LIRR used to run "Fall Foliage Tours." I'm talking in the 50's and 50's now, and I believe they were weekend excursions to Planting Fields Arboretum and Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Any recollections of those trips?
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby MACTRAXX » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:05 am

Steve:

The picture you posted at Pinelawn is of a weekend train during a track work program in which Ronkonkoma Branch trains serving Wyandanch through
Ronkonkoma run via the Central and Montauk Branches by way of Babylon.

Fall has had a noticeably late start this year for two reasons - primarily warmer weather and the lack of significant rain in any semblance of
regularity. The leaf fall this year is peaking as of now (mid-November) after the peak fall colors which was later then normal.

OM: The LIRR did once offer tours to places such as Bayard Cutting Arboretum. In any case a seasonal walk to view colors and the crisp fall air would be
very enjoyable. Some of the walks and bridges at BCA parallel the Montauk Branch and would be an interesting place to trainspot...

The Sandite trains are no doubt out and about on the various LIRR branches this time of year. The leaf residue affects MU car performance more and
Sandite does help traction - it can be visibly spotted on rails somewhat easily. It is expensive but it works...

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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby nyandw » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:27 pm

MACTRAXX: Thank you... The MTA had it posted as Albertson. I'll make the correction on my copy. :-) Is this the view west?
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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby MACTRAXX » Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:56 am

Steve:

The original picture at the beginning of this topic was taken at Pinelawn - the 2 car platform is behind the photographer and is looking east.

The second picture with your last post is correctly identified as Albertson. Both pictures show good fall colors.

Another factor affecting the season is the moderate drought that has occurred on LI this year.

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Re: Fall Foliage 2016

Postby frankie » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:41 pm

I never fully understood how leaves would allow slip and slide until I saw this 3 minute video sponsored by the LIRR on their facebook page.

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