Railfanning in and around Quincy

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njt/mnrrbuff
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Railfanning in and around Quincy

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:43 am

Hello All, I’m going to be in Boston from 9/26 to 10/1/19. I’m going to be staying in Quincy at the Howard Johnson’s. Where are the best spots in Quincy to photograph both the Red Line and commuter rail? I am interested in not only going to the stations but photographing from the overpasses and near the Neponset River. I have other places that I’ll be going to. Thanks so much!

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Re: Railfanning in and around Quincy

Post by ssresident » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:41 am

Try the footbridge that runs between Newport Ave. and Billings Rd. It has a good view of both the RL and the commuter rail switch just south of the bridge. You can probably also take some shots in the Chipotle parking lot next to the switch.

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Re: Railfanning in and around Quincy

Post by Safetee » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:10 am

and don't forget the endangered species on the Mattapan.

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Re: Railfanning in and around Quincy

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:49 am

I might try to go to that footbridge near Billings Ave one afternoon. Looking at my aerial maps, it looks like it’s better to photograph there in the afternoon as in the morning, there are several very tall trees on the east side of the tracks. When I’m in Quincy, I’ll also want to shoot from Quincy Shore Drive one morning. One afternoon, maybe photograph at Walter J Hannon Pkwy.

I’m definitely going to be doing the Mattapan-Ashmont Line. I think as of the next five year at least, we will be good with having our PCC cars run there.

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