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New Haven Line Detail—Seeing Beyond the Whole.

Tracking the Light Posts New Photos Every Day!

Metro-North and the State of Connecticut have received 405 M8 electric cars from Kawasaki. These now dominate commuter operations on the New Haven Line.

On Sunday November 8, 2015, I spent the day making photos underwire, and exposed many detailed digital photos of the new electrics using my FujiFilm X-T1.

These cars are unique to Metro-North’s electrified New Haven Line suburban trains. Yet, after a few hours, they can get a bit repetitive.

My challenge was remaining interested in the subject, while searching from new angles and new ways to portray the cars on the move.

Which of these photographs is your favorite?

Milford, Connecticut.
Milford, Connecticut.
M8s at Milford.
M8s at Milford.
Metro-North train 6524 from Grand Central at Westport, Connecticut.
Metro-North train 6524 from Grand Central at Westport, Connecticut.
M8s crossing the Westport drawbridge.
M8s crossing the Westport drawbridge.

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M8s glint nicely.
M8s glint nicely.
Metro-North Railroad logo.
Metro-North Railroad logo.
Third rail shoe for working to Grand Central.
Third rail shoe for working to Grand Central.
Faiveley pantographs for high-voltage AC overhead.
Faiveley pantographs for high-voltage AC overhead.
Conductor gives train 6538 the highball at Green's Farms.
Conductor gives train 6538 the highball at Green’s Farms.
Sunset on a westward train heading for New York City. It will be dark by the time it reaches the Park Avenue tunnels.
Sunset on a westward train heading for New York City. It will be dark by the time it reaches the Park Avenue tunnels.
Panned photo at Norton Heights.
Panned photo at Norton Heights.

 

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SEPTA’s Media Trolley, June 30, 2013

 

Contemporary views of a Traditional Streetcar Route.

On the afternoon of Sunday June 30, 2013, Pat Yough and I visited Media, Pennsylvania to photograph SEPTA’s Route 101 Streetcar.

Streetcar at Media, PA.
SEPTA’s Route 101 car on East State Street in Media, Pennsylvania. Canon EOS 7D with 28-135mm lens (set at 135mm).

A century ago, single-track streetcar lines graced many American towns. The era of the electric trolley car faded decades ago. Today, Media is virtually in class by itself. Historic re-creations aside, where else in the USA does a single-track streetcar route serve “Main Street”?

The 101 Route is one of two SEPTA (former Red Arrow) streetcar lines radiating from its 69th Street Terminus in Upper Darby in suburban Philadelphia. The other trolley line is the 102 route to Sharon Hill. 69th Street is also served by the Route 100 high-speed interurban line to Norristown (the old Philadelphia & Western line) and the Market-Frankford elevated.

Trolley at Media, PA.
SEPTA’s 101 trolley stops at street corners to collect and drop off passengers. Lumix LX3 photo.
SEPTA Trolley.
A Kawasaki streetcar near the end of the line in Media, Pennsylvania on June 30, 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.
The trolley is a Media, Icon. Canon EOS 7D photo.
The trolley is a Media, Icon. Canon EOS 7D photo.
Media, Pennsylvania.
East State Street, Media, Pennsylvania on June 30, 2013. Canon EOS 7D with 200mm lens.
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