Well a photography mission was completed on Friday (3/13/2015) which was to ride my favorite R68 Subway Car Set (R68 2500) Via Central Park West Local on the D Train. R68 2500 was the very first R68 Subway Car to be built and delivered along with 2501-2507 which all made one set in 1986 making its first passenger service run on the D Line. R68 2500 is linked into 4 car set (half of a full length train) with 2501 next to it, 2503 next to 2501 and 2502 next to 2503. I haven’t rode my favorite R68 set (2500) on the D Train Going LOCAL Since 2010. This was the first time I was able to get a photo of it at my home station at West 116th Street. The ride was amazing and was able to get a video of it too. Well Enjoy the photographs/footage. This gets a 100/100 Rating. Well Enjoy
R68 2500 On The D Train
R68 (D) Train At West 116th Street
Westinghouse R68 (D) Train Rollsign
Daniel The Cool
I forgot to post this last night but here’s the list of the following sections that’s been updated as of 3/7/2015
New York City Subway Album: 2015 – Present
NYC Subway: (1) (2) (3) Lines – 1 Photo
NYC Subway: (4) (5) (6) Lines – 1 Photo
NYC Subway: (A) (C) (E) Lines – 1 Photo
NYC Subway: (B) (D) Lines – 5 Photos
NYC Subway: (J) (L) (Z) Lines – 3 Photos
NYC Subway: (N) (Q) (R) Lines – 1 Photo
New York Scenery
2015 – 1 Photo
And now here’s the highlights
9410 On The B36
R160A-1 L Train At 59th Street
The J Line View
R68 2660 On The D Train At 116th Street
R68 (D) Train Interior Rollsign
So I can finally say the 2nd Era Of Daniel The Cool Photography Productions Has Come to an end which lasted from January 2011 To December 2014. The 2nd Era consisted from really getting used to owning a DSLR from Freshman Days Into Finishing High School and trying to get into photography school (Which hasn’t happened yet). But yeah one of my favorite highlights from the 2nd Era was when I took this night photo of the Manhattan Bridge earlier this fall
One of things I’ve actually enjoyed doing was checking out the No Pants Subway Ride For the first time in 2012 and becoming car leader for it in 2013 and 2014.
2011 was actually the year that made me realized that I wanted to do photography and wanted to get serious into it. I never thought photography would become a passion and always thought I would stick to mostly taking subway pictures but that all changed when I did some city exploring sometime in August 2011. I ended up going to parks (Mainly Central Park) alot more, I took some bus pictures of the M60 and M116 Routes when those routes used a good amount of RTS Buses. Then after being suggested by others many times, I’ve decided to create the Facebook Page (Formerly known as the Daniel Smith Photography Productions) and I started doing work on that page as much as possible)
For my 18th Birthday in 2013, I actually took my first late night train adventure on the (D) which ran local the whole route due to weekend construction
Westinghouse R68 (D) Train Interior
At the same my actual first real website was finally released and created and it has gotten alot of traffic/views which is really impressive. I started to focus alot more on photography at that point up to this day. In June 2014, I finally graduated High School and was able to have time to do more city adventuring and had time to plan for the 3rd Era. Then in November 2014 a huge surprised happened to me which was the Facebook Page Reaching over 1,000 likes which I didn’t expect to happen so soon. And to end it, I finally was able to get my First Full Frame DSLR The Nikon D610. With that said, Good Riddance 2nd Era and on January 1st 2015, We’re going to say hello to the 3rd Era. Wishes Everyone A Happy New Year
Daniel The Cool On The Westinghouse R68 (D) Train
Yep UPDATES To the following sections
(B) (D) Lines: 20 New Photos
(N) (Q) (R) Lines: 8 New Photos
People: 12 New Photos.
Well here’s a few you can see here
Jay Rivera Operating The R68 (D) Train At Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
Jay Rivera Operating The R68 (D) Train – West 4th Street
Just Wondering At West 4th Street (Close Up)
Smiling On The D Train Local
R68 (D) Train – West 116th Street
Westinghouse R68 (D) Train
The Rest Of The Photos Are In Those Sections Listed On Top. Well Enjoy
Yep so here’s a memory that happened when I was 6-9 years old which I relived today, The last stop for D Trains from Norwood-205th Street was 34th Street Herald Square. As an alternative to Coney Island Brooklyn take the F, N and Q Lines. I remember when they did this as part of the Manhattan Bridge rehab from July 2001 To February 2004 as a full shutdown, the W Train was the West End via Broadway (Which West End was originally the B Train via 6th Avenue) and the D Train Line before the shutdown in 2001 was the Brighton Line. I remember the first day when the Manhattan Bridge changes occurred on the (B) And (D) Lines with both lines having its southern terminal as 34th Street in 2001, the (B) Train no longer ran on weekends (Still present to this day), I rode the (D) Train ending at 34th Street on its first day with my dad when I was 6 years old, rode the new Broadway (Q) Train and the brand new Train. Was fun times. I remember the (D) Train had that Southern terminal rollsign with it saying 34th Street-Herald Square. And yes the (D) Did used Westinghouse R68 Subway Cars as well as today in the present.
Taken on 9/27/2014
I also remember the ORIGINAL Grand Street Shuttle Train which ran between Broadway Lafayette Street and Grand Street only before extending it to West 4th Street in December 2001. The Grand Street Shuttle used R46 Subway Cars (4 Car Sets). But today it ended up using the R68 Subway Cars From The D Train which wasn’t surprising. I was able to photograph these reliving the times I’ve had when I was a little boy. It was fun reliving these stuff again
Taken on 9/27/2014
Well Thanks for reading viewers
My review on this is going to be good. So sit back and enjoy this article.
The (B) Train is the IND Sixth Avenue Express Line that has been through changes. I’m going to go back into my early early days (Baby days) of how the B Train Ran. The B Train ran between Washington Heights 168th Street (Weekdays) or 21st Street-Queensbridge (Weekends) and Coney Island Stillwell Avenue and this was back when I was born and lasted for until I was 3 years old. In 1998, the (B) Train switch Northern Terminals with the (C) Train and weekday (B) Train service ends up running from Harlem-145th Street (Bedford Park Blvd during the Rush Hours) to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue.
R68A (B) Train – Bedford Park Blvd
Up until July 2001, the Brooklyn portion of the (B) Train used to run via the BMT West End Line and BMT Fourth Avenue Express. Trains used to skip Dekalb Avenue (Except the last few northbound trains ran local in Brooklyn). In 2001 due to the North Side of the Manhattan Bridge going through final rehab, the (B) Train became a weekday only route with the southern terminal being 34th Street-Herald Square. The (B) Train basically was consider a Short local version of the (D) Train during that time and it shared subway cars with the (D) Train (R68 Subway Cars #2500 – #2727). Then in 2004, after the Manhattan Bridge finished rehab, they did a huge change no one expected. The (B) Train became the new weekday Brighton Line Express to Brighton Beach instead of returning to the West End Line due to new changes and because there was no where to turn the (B) Train during the weekends (Northern Terminal).
Now I’m going to share my experience and opinion on this, the (B) Train is a very helpful route for the (A) (C) (D) (Q) Lines. I remember riding the (B) Train more often with my dad when it was cut to 34th Street from 2001-2004. It used R68 Subway Cars only around that time period. The first day and I mean the first day when the (B) Train line goes through a HUGE new change (Both route wise and equipment wise), my dad after school let us let the (C) Train passed by so we can ride the (B). Out of my surprise, The (B) Train reverted back to its early 1990s days using R40 Slants subway cars. Honestly I was a little disappointed that the (B) Train didn’t use any R68s BUT I actually loved the R40s on that route and it made the route look good.
Another memory I remember was my 11th birthday in 2006, I rode the R68A Subway Cars on the (B) Train for the first time since 2001. It felt good riding it via Central Park West Local again. That was a good way to end the trip.
I honestly missed the (B) using slants. I prefer those than R68/R68As on the (B) Line. Although another surprise happened in 2009 when a set of the R32 Subway Cars ran on the (B) for 9 months. That was also good. I remember I rode it to my afterschool program a few times. The R32 on the (B) made the (B) fun again.
R32 B Train
R32 B Train @ 59th Street
The (B) line in general is a good and helpful route. It was my favorite route from 2007-2009. Other times its my 2nd favorite route. I’m going to give the (B) Train a 9.5 out of 10. I just wished old subway cars will run on that route ONE last time before they go away and retire.