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Train Relic Spotting On the Waterfront

<p>Between the Triborough and Hell Gate Bridges</p>


<p>The Spuyten Duyvil Bridge carries trains from Upstate and Toronto into Penn Station. Boats have the right of way so the bridge swung open for the tour's boat to pass.</p>


<p>Metro North train at Marble Hill</p>



<p>This retired R32 subway car in the Transit Authority's 207th Street shops has been stripped and will soon become an artificial reef off of New Jersey. The cars will be loaded on barges and taken to the site of the artificial reef to be sunk.</p>


<p>An Amtrak train from Boston traveling on the Hell Gate Bridge to Penn Station.</p>


<p>The Queensboro or 59th Street Bridge once had the Second Avenue El and a trolley line running across it. The trolley line, the last in the city, lasted until the 1950s and had a stop in the middle of the bridge with an elevator to serve Roosevelt Island. The service was eliminated after the Roosevelt Island Bridge was built.</p>



<p>One of the preserved car float gantrys in Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. What is now condos was once a Long Island Rail Road freight yard which was the gateway for shipping goods to and from Long Island.</p>


<p>This abandoned car float dock is typical of a lot of the remaining infrastructure that was just left to rot in place once it was abandoned.</p>


<p>This Long Island Rail Road bridge that serves the Montauk Branch, in theory can open, however it hasn't opened for years effectively blocking the navigation of Dutch Kill.</p>


<p>This rail gantry survives reasonably intact in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.</p>


<p>The former Central Railroad of New Jersey Railroad terminal in Jersey City is in parts in a semi decayed state since it closed for service in 1967. It is now a part of Liberty State Park.</p>


<p>The former Hudson and Manhattan (now PATH) power house is a Jersey City landmark. The Hudson and Manhattan linked the various New Jersey railroad terminals with Manhattan, since the only line from New Jersey that entered Manhattan was the Pennsylvania Railroad. One relic of that can be found in the PATH Pavonia/Newport station, where there you can find the letter "E" on some columns representing the Erie Railroad who had a terminal there. The "E"s are the only trace of it.</p>



<p>Hoboken Terminal is the only working train terminal on the New Jersey waterfront and gives an idea of how the terminals work. The terminal has its original Bush train shed, Tiffany glass in the waiting room, and a replica of the original clock tower was added last year. The portion of the building with the "Erie Lackawanna" sign was the ferry dock. There are plans to restore it to its original function as part of ongoing rennovations. </p>


<p>Pierce Haviland (right) was one of the narrators for the tour. He recently retired from Metro-North Railroad after a distinguished career in the driver's seat and in the railroad's training department. He ran the last freight train on the West Side Line while working for the Penn Central railroad. </p>