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Steve Ember


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J Train Departing Marcy Avenue

As the sky begins to clear after the passage of a summer storm, a Manhattan-bound J train departs
Marcy Avenue station, causing the track-side signal to go to red to indicate the block ahead is occupied.

At the far right, the modern New Technology train of R-160 cars is entering the S-curve that will
take it onto the Williamsburg Bridge, one of whose towers is seen just above the signal array.

The train originated at Jamaica Center in Queens; the setting is the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn.

©2017 Steve Ember

Photographer’s Note: While I love everything about these comfortable and quiet new trains, there is one aspect that tends to frustrate – the new route designating symbols at front and back of trains absolutely flummox even the most sophisticated of my cameras, resulting in "incomplete" circles around the route number or letter. This is probably due to the refresh frequency of the LEDs that make up the electronic display. Thus, while they appear "solid" to the human eye...well, the camera knows better ;-) Hopefully, during my next visit to NYC, I will find a shutter speed slow enough to mimic the human eye but fast enough to freeze a moving subway train!
So, in case you were wondering, this J train's display is not faulty, nor is this one of the “new” CJ trains!!!

Comments 2

  • Hans-Gerd Hacker 07/15/2017 13:21

    Nice shot and interesting description.
    I don't like much this newer subway cars ...my favorite cars are the R62 & R62A - the old 7 Train cars.
    Your foto shows a great compression, so it looks like You stand on the rails...fine !
    Gruß HG
    • Steve Ember 07/15/2017 22:01

      Thanks, H-G. Yes, those R-62s most definitely remain appealing. Plus, their route signs are less problematic to capture! ;-)