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    I'm a transit buff that loves all things trains and buses.

    I tend to largely focus on Queens when busfanning, specifically around Astoria and Long Island City.

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  1. Not too long I guess...... https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/01/21/business/21reuters-bombardier-nyctransit.html
  2. Some photos and videos from December: IMG_3434 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3435 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3437 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3442 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3443 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3447 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3499 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3509 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3541 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3547 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3551 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3556 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3562 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3563 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3581 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3610 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3612 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3618 by GojiMet86, on Flickr
  3. Found this other website: https://vincheck.info/free-license-plate-lookup/ I found some VINs that are still not available on vehiclehistory.com. EDIT: There's a limit to free look-ups.
  4. Really no idea, but the MTA is making slow progress on getting the R179 trains back. I believe each train has to be re-tested.
  5. I wish they had done that too, put them in the 1000-1699, or 2300 and up.
  6. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/nyregion/awkafina-subway-mta.html
  7. Could not help posting this here. This is a thread in the forums about photographers complaining of too many school buses 😂 https://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157712444783066/ From an objective point of view that is probably because the nature of bird photography requires specialised equipment and a degree of skill in terms of use of apertures and shutter speeds. Consequently the bird photos generally have attributes that will appeal to a wider audience, and not just those with an interest in ornithology. On the other hand many of the bus photos are just grab shots of passing vehicles. Even where there is the opportunity to more carefully compose the image, the result is almost always a record shot pure and simple, totally appropriate and adequate to fulfil the purposes of the bus enthusiast but pictorially of little interest to others, though some may contain elements that may be of social history value in years to come depending on setting and content. Also, as they are all yellow, they draw particular attention to the way that the current iteration of the Explore algorithm sometimes selects large numbers of photos by the same photographer on the same day. I challenge even the most contrary of commentators to come up with a convincing case why this particular tendency of the algorithm is either desirable or one that was an intentional outcome. Start visiting Explore regularly though and constant repetition of style and subject soon becomes obvious, it’s not just birds and buses. Posted 2 weeks ago. ( permalink | reply ) . . . Pictures from the Ghost Garden says: Oldt1mer - Keith: Not necessarily. I wonder many of those 5000 views are just the result of the photo being in Explore. There have been suggestions that this whole multi bus thing is a stunt but it is also possible that the photographers involved are just going about their bus spotting hobby and every so often the regular activity on their photos is picked up the flawed(?) algorithm and hey presto, multiple yellow buses in Explore. Many of the accounts involved have been posting multiple photos of buses day in day out for years and most don’t get Explored. They don’t appear interested in the fact that they get Explored. Are they really manipulating their way in?
  8. From a recent December trip to Ottawa IMG_3226 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3223 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3293 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3294 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3131 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3139 by GojiMet86, on Flickr
  9. And the R42 is back in service, after all Bombardier R179 cars (300+) had to be taken out of service. https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/mta-pulls-nearly-300-brand-new-subway-cars-for-safety-reasons/2256699/ MTA Pulls Nearly 300 Brand New Subway Cars Over Door Problems There were two recent incidents that prompted concerns about passenger safety, but no injuries were reported By Andrew Siff • Published January 8, 2020 • Updated at 5:09 pm on January 8, 2020 The MTA said Wednesday it has pulled nearly 300 newly delivered subway cars for safety reasons effective immediately, citing an analysis of "two recent incidents" involving doors. No passengers were injured in either case. The problems with the Bombardier trains happened "over the holidays," possibly in late December and early January, one source familiar with the incidents tells News 4. Further details on exactly what transpired weren't immediately clear. In total, 298 cars were pulled from service overnight; the affected cars were on the A, C, J and Z lines. The MTA said all lines were operating at normal service levels Wednesday morning with the exception of the J and Z lines, where "headways have been increased by two minutes in between trains for the AM peak period, and skip-stop service suspended." In a statement, NYCT President Andy Byford said two recent incidents with the Bombardier R179 subway cars raised questions about "the reliable operation of a door mechanism" on the newly delivered cars. "Out of an abundance of caution, NYCT removed all R179 train cars from service overnight for thorough inspection and re-deployed other spare cars to continue service for this morning’s rush and ensure minimal impacts to customers," Byford said Wednesday. He added that updates would be provided "as they become available." New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer blasted the MTA in a statement shortly after the news, saying his office released an audit last month that showed how its contract with Bombardier was late -- three years behind schedule -- and cost taxpayers "millions" of additional dollars. Stringer said that audit showed layers of mismanagement in the MTA's oversight of the contract, repeat failures to meet contact deadlines, poor project management, technical breakdowns and structural defects that delayed cars being put into service. Other defects had cars yanked. "The New York City subway riders who foot the bill for the MTA’s $600 million contract with Bombardier were promised new, state-of-the-art train cars to help modernize our ailing transit system," Stringer said Wednesday. "Now, all the cars that were delivered so far have been pulled from service due to critical defects. It is completely unacceptable." News 4 has reached out to Bombardier for comment.
  10. I figure that's the case. Besides, I'm pretty sure they want to get as much publicity (okay, maybe not now with all the problems), but after that encounter I was a little wary of being stopped every time. The more individuals ignorant of policies, the higher the chance of getting stopped, even if it's allowed. Some woman at Lyon got pissed at me because she thought I was recording her (of course not). And then some guy at Long Branch GO station said threateningly that people don't like that sort of stuff (being photographed). All within a 3-day span, more trouble than I've experienced in NYC in a year. But that was all. The rest was all smooth sailing, especially after visiting the guys at Cornwall Transit. The complete opposite experience.
  11. Has anyone had issues with the red vests in regards to taking photography? I went to Lyon and one red vest stopped me after seeing me take out my Canon. He said he had to make sure it was alright with his superior. The other red vest who was with him just said it was fine, since people take photos anyway with their cameras. I did tell them though I was taking photos of the trains and that I had come all the way from New York. A waste of 10 minutes.
  12. It was a real image of the cutaway. It doesn't work for all vehicles.
  13. So I used https://www.vehiclehistory.com/ right now, and it has done something I have not seen before. It now has a photo of the vehicle. Maybe not all have them, but this is pretty interesting.
  14. I am glad I was able to go to Toronto recently, along with @Orion6025. I saw the CLRV for one night only, and was not able to get photos of them in the day, but what's done is done. Here is 4074 at Niagara: IMG_2394 by GojiMet86, on Flickr 4170 and 4085 at Front: IMG_2388 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2390 by GojiMet86, on Flickr 4069, 4040, 4164, 4170 (again) at Niagara: IMG_2392 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2401 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2406 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2409 by GojiMet86, on Flickr And what will be the chariot of my only ride on one of these, 4155: IMG_2431 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_2424 by GojiMet86, on Flickr
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