Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

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Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:55 am

Hello,
Sometime I'm interested in railfanning somewhere on the Harlem between North White Plains and Southeast. Where are there good spots to do that? I know that a lot of the stations are center island on that stretch of the Harlem. Thanks.

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Re: Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

Post by DutchRailnut » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:13 am

not a lot, but all are center Island platforms on upper Harlem. except for single track ;-)
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Re: Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:09 am

How is Katonah for photography, especially in the afternoon?

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Re: Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

Post by gregorygrice » Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:10 pm

njt/mnrrbuff wrote:How is Katonah for photography, especially in the afternoon?
If you want more traffic you can fan NWP, but its not the best station in the world. Also consider Mt. Pleasant. There are three crossing in the area and nice open land. Since trains don't stop there you can get off a Valhalla and walk a little less than a mile to the first crossing of the three which is Lakeview. You can walk on for the other 2 and the small one door station.

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Re: Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

Post by Otto Vondrak » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:15 pm

njt/mnrrbuff wrote:Hello,
Sometime I'm interested in railfanning somewhere on the Harlem between North White Plains and Southeast. Where are there good spots to do that? I know that a lot of the stations are center island on that stretch of the Harlem. Thanks.
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Re: Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

Post by Otto Vondrak » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:24 pm

njt/mnrrbuff wrote:How is Katonah for photography, especially in the afternoon?
Okay, so let's talk about your goals. First of all, are you driving to each location, or taking the train? Second, are you more interested in capturing trains at stations, or interesting scenes?

Here are some of my suggestions, feel free to steal them, but give me credit for your artistic inspiration:

- North White Plains Yard, morning southbounds passing the yard and departing the yard, shot from the sidewalk at Fisher Lane.

- Pleasantville, morning southbounds in the cut, shot from Manville Road overpass.

- Chappaqua, morning or afternoon northbounds leaving the station, shot from Quaker Road overpass. But this may be messed up due to construction.

- Mt. Kisco, afternoon northbounds, shot from behind the lumber yard.

- Katonah, NOBODY SHOOTS KATONAH, ONLY I CAN TAKE PICTURES IN KATONAH, GOT IT? Just kidding. Try afternoon northbounds from the Jay Street crossing. If you're adventurous, try afternoon northbounds from the Route 35 overpass.

- Goldens Bridge, afternoon northbounds from the parking lot just south of the station, afternoon southbounds from the sidewalk just in front of the south staircase (you can stand on the guardrail so you can shoot over the fence and get good shots of trains arriving in the station).

- Purdy's, try afternoon southbounds off the Route 116 overpass.

Random and various photos from my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ottomatic7 ... 569517368/

How are those for suggestions? YMMV.

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Re: Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:21 pm

I would use the train to get to my destination. thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

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Re: Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

Post by Otto Vondrak » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:31 am

njt/mnrrbuff wrote:I would use the train to get to my destination. thanks for the suggestions, everyone.
If you're going by train, your options will be a bit more limited... Anything in particular you want to see? Remember that weekend service is once an hour, at best.
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Re: Railfanning Tips: Harlem Line-between NWP and Southeast

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:02 pm

Yep, in general, the service between NWP and Southeast is hourly. I'll see whatever is good for photography. I'll probably fan the Harlem this summer.

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