Amtrak7 wrote:There are still a couple of old sets roaming the systemHead-end View wrote:I took a ride on PATH yesterday and the results were startling. Last time I rode (in September) there were still plenty of old trains running, and if a new one was in the station when you arrived you could usually catch a PA-1 thru 4 just by waiting for the next one.No! I am planning a PATH railfan trip for a weekend around Christmas...Are there any running at all?
Well a lot has suddenly changed in the last two months. Yesterday I did not see a single old train running on any line at mid-day. PA-5's everywhere. As I waited at Newark, checking out the NJ Transit and Amtrak action, I finally gave up when the fourth PATH train in a row was another PA-5. This after riding PA-5's from 33rd to Hoboken, a little side trip on HBLRT, and then another PA-5 from Exchange Pl. to Newark. Then the final insult, having to endure a boring PA-5 ride from Newark to WTC. It just ain't the same, watching only out the side windows and not seeing those timed signals change as the train goes upgrade into WTC. Ya' wonder why they couldn't at least have a tinted window in the cab door like NYCTA's R-160's have. You can see out of them outside the tunnels at least.................
Last winter I predicted, as the new trains were coming into service, that PATH railfanning would be over by the end of this year. Looks like I was pretty close to the mark. I saw what looked like a dead line of PA-1 thru 4's sitting outside the Meadows shops, and a few old trains tied down in the yard west of Journal Sq. station. I guess they're only using the old cars now during rush hours?
Deja vu, just like the LIRR M-7's some years back. There's hardly any front window railfanning left in the New York City area. We might as well hold a wake.
Dock & Q: Last of a dying breed