147th st bridge Mott Haven

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147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by kevikens » Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:05 pm

I am not that familiar with NYC but from books and photos I have thought that since I will be in the city next week I would try to get pictures of Mott Haven and the Metro North traffic through this interlocking, and maybe some CSX freight. I will be taking the number 4 or 5 subway and then walking to this spot. Is it safe in mid day and what might see from this location? Thanks.

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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by DutchRailnut » Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:11 pm

yes its safe during day, you will see any and all Metro north Equipment passing trough
you won't see CSX at MO however.
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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by kevikens » Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:22 pm

Thanks. I should have asked this question, too. Is there a spot I could photograph from? I cannot tell from the google map if the bridge railings are too high for picture taking. Thanks again.

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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by DutchRailnut » Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:38 pm

the bridge has chain link fencing on it but there should be ways around it.
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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by runningwithscalpels » Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:57 am

125 St is also good if you just want a variety of Metro North stuff, as is the tunnel portal at 97th & Park, although the fence there is kind of annoying.
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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by Rockingham Racer » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:51 pm

You could always go in to Cardinal Hayes High School and ask the principal if you can hang out in one of the class rooms to photograph! :P

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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by DutchRailnut » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:26 pm

OK the question was about the 147 street bridge, not about what else...
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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by Rockingham Racer » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:48 am

He also asked this question:
kevikens wrote:Thanks. I should have asked this question, too. Is there a spot I could photograph from? I cannot tell from the google map if the bridge railings are too high for picture taking. Thanks again.
Is there something wrong with a little humor on this board?

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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by DutchRailnut » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:57 am

not until it improves..
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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by runningwithscalpels » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:32 pm

Hey, I figured I'd give him a few more spots since he's clearly visiting /shrug.
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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by kevikens » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:59 am

Thanks for all the responses. I guess the reason why I asked about that bridge was that it looked like a place that railfans used to go to to get good pictures of the NYC. Mott Haven is in many older books though I get the impression that like many other older sites it is not today what it looked like back in the day. Also for some reason I thought freight trains might still use those tracks to get into the Bronx. Were those tracks ever used to bring freight into the city? Thanks again.

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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by RearOfSignal » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:38 am

Yes, they were once used, but the only time you'll ever see freight through MO now is the dead of night. CSX does occasionally use the wye.
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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by kevikens » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:59 pm

I visited Mott Haven today. Great sky conditions. I saw lots of Cosmopolitans, Metropolitans and aardvarks. I lucked out with a work train, two yellow locomotives flat car and a caboose. That area actually seems nice and the spot is just one block from the number 6 stop. Thanks for your replies. Without them I probably would not have ventured to that spot. It must have been a wonderful place circa 1960 when NY Central New Haven ran over those rails.

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Re: 147th st bridge Mott Haven

Post by ExCon90 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:48 pm

Especially when the 20th Century Limited was running. When the days were long enough to get it in daylight you could get some great shots of the obs car going away.

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