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"Queens Ledger" July 6, 2000:
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Over one hundred railroad historians from all over the country met at the Glendale yard of New York & Atlantic Railway on Saturday, June 17. The occasion was the annual meeting of the New York Connecting Railroad Society. The main interest of this group is the rail route, built in 1917, which crosses over the Hell Gate Bridge from the Bronx to Queens. The tracks soar over Astoria on a high viaduct, and then continue through Woodside, Maspeth, and Middle Village using a series of smaller bridges and tunnels. The main junction is in Glendale at the rail yard on Otto Road. The tracks then travel into Brooklyn and eventually end at the waterfront in Bay Ridge, near 65th Street.
This rail route is used by many freight trains each day. It passes through one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world, and yet trains go virtually unnoticed. This is because the route was thoughtfully constructed without any grade crossings to delay traffic.
As part of the festivities, the New York & Atlantic Railway operated a special inspection train to Bay Ridge. Two bright green locomotives, a passenger coach, and a caboose carried the participants on a 22-mile round trip to Bay Ridge. The train posed for photos at many scenic locations along the way. The weather was hot and humid but everybody aboard had a great time. Submitted by: Bernard Ente
June 17, 2000, Queens, NY:
Saturday and the New York Connecting Railroad (NYCRR) Fan Trip over the New York & Atlantic had arrived. And a HOT one it was; with temperatures hovering in the mid to high 90's. Seems the weatherman had saved his best NY City "dog days" three "H" special combination; hot, humid, and hazy, for us.
On the way to the New Lots curve. NYA GP38-2 #268 on the north point, an ex-LIRR bay window caboose, LIRR passenger coach #2940, and NYA GP38-2 unit #261 south point.
The engineers and crew waiting to get the breeze back in the cab.