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– photo by Mitch Waxman

April 22nd’s walk first visited Dutch Kills, and I had decided before leaving HQ that I’d be taking a train back “to the zone” so one headed over to the Hunters Point Avenue stop on the IRT Flushing or 7 line subway. This station is found alongside the Sunnyside Yards’ southern border in Ling Island City, and there’s a couple of very convenient fence holes there I never fail to take advantage of.

Pictured is a Manhattan bound 7 line train entering the station from its last stop at 23/Ely Court Square.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

While I was hanging around and shooting, an Amtrak train set emerged from the tunnel I was standing over, heading eastwards.

After fishing around in my camera bag for a Covid mask, I headed over to the stairs leading down to the fare control area of the 7 line station, paid my due, and continued down to the platforms.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The headway frequency on the 7 has been vastly improved since the completion of the CBTC signaling system installation, and the train really is a lot more frequent than it used to be as they can now run the individual train sets a lot closer together than they used to.

As you can see, this one was an express, and I needed a local but that’s not too big a deal.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One stop brought me to Court Square Station, and after about a five minute wait, the local 7 line arrived.

In my opinion, the 7 is the most photogenic of all of NYC’s subways.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The local carried me to 40th Lowery, high over Queens Boulevard. If I had been feeling truly lazy, I would have ridden the thing out to Jackson Heights and transferred to a local IND R or M line back to Astoria’s Broadway and the station that’s two blocks from my house, but…

Hey, it’s all downhill from here…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A quick scuttle down 39th street, and an encounter with yet another Amtrak train set. This one had just executed a turn around on the horseshoe tracks found along 43rd street and was heading into the Amtrak service yard nearby the Honeywell Street Bridge/36th street.

Wonders, I tell you, wonders.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 8, 2022 at 11:00 am

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