• "Room With a View", Anyone?

  • General discussion of passenger rail systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.
General discussion of passenger rail systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.

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  by Gilbert B Norman
Seems as if "room with a view" is going mainstream and upscale - and beyond the railfan community:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/real ... racks.html

Fair Use:
.After Yue Yu and her husband first moved into their one-bedroom condo in Long Island City last summer, she spent a blissful afternoon out on her new balcony.
She basked in the sun, which washes her living room and bedroom with light from the southeast. She tilted her head up to the blue sky. And she looked out at the view.

Of train tracks.

Her building, Galerie, backs up to an inactive rail spur. Beyond is track after track serving the New York City Transit Authority, the Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak. Ms. Yu and her husband, who paid $875,000 for their home, see the No. 7 subway rolling by as they get ready for work in the morning.
  by bdawe
I half-seriously tried to talk the spouse into buying an under-construction condo overlooking Willingdon Junction near Vancouver the other day, "Bordeaux Luxury Living", with the inestimable luxury of watching the CN, CP, Amtrak, VIA and occasional BNSF local be sorted between either side of the Vancouver Harbour

  by Gilbert B Norman
Guarantee you the homeowner's only contact with BNSF is that she works in The Loop. But prior to them, there was a railfan family living there:


Looks like the Googlemobile hasn't been by since our '18 "Summer of Hell".
  by bdawe
Update: have asked the realtor to arrange a viewing for a condo in the neighbourhood overlooking Willingdon Junction, from 25 floors up. May be able to swing the Mrs on this one
  by bdawe

The Canadian National Railway Company was kind enough to provide an opportunity for live demonstration of the sound insulating qualities of this property.

Incidentally, the diagonal power line right of way in the upper right corner of the picture pointing towards the freeway is part of the mortal remains of the British Columbia Electric Railway's Burnaby Lake Interurban
  by Gilbert B Norman
Here's a place, "smack along the BNSF Chicago Sub" that I "wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole".


It's abuilding at present - and it's constructed of WOOD!!!!!

OK, in all likelihood, "It's Code"; but I don't think you want to pay $900K to listen to the trains all night (50 freight, 8 Amtrak, 60 METRA), the neighbor's fights, and the neighbor's "whatever else". I can't believe they are offering any kind of showing while under construction. If it were concrete, then go for it, if in your "range".

Me, I'll just stick with my 1942 vintage, 1200ft, wooden frame dwelling with its "view of the action from my front yard during Winter" location. Read Bill Stephens piece in April TRAINS, where he, much more the railfan than am I nowadays, is happy to be "close, but not on top" of the action.
  by bdawe
as a resident of a 12 year-old stick-frame three-over-one building for the last 8 years, I'm reasonably pleased with the sound proofing for internal noises. The occasional foot steps but I've never heard anyone's voices.

Now if there were diesel locomotives moving by I might have a different story
  by Jeff Smith
Just bought a condo in Springdale, a few block from the station on the other side of Hope St. But it faces away from the Dink (and street noise, thankfully).
  by Gilbert B Norman
Mr. Smith, Springdale (Stamford) CT and facing away from the New Canaan Branch?
  by Jeff Smith
Yes sir. I know I missed you in Old Greenwich the last time, but next time you're in the AO, let me know.