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ABOUT YOUR AUTHOR:

Philip M. Goldstein
updated 12 November 2016


former Canadian Pacific East Region / Freight Main
(now Norfolk Southern Harrisburg Division / D&H South Line)
West Richmondville, NY
Deborah M. Pickering photo

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Sharon Goldstein photo

   I was born in Brooklyn (New York!) in 1969, and I have always been heavily interested in railroading,
and it runs in the family.

   I was introduced to trains and railroading at an early age by my father Stan.

   Some fathers played catch or football with their sons... My dad took me to see trains and railroads.    

   When I was 14 months old, NKP #759, a 2-8-4 "Berkshire" type, formerly from the New York, Chicago & St Louis Railroad (better known as NKP or the Nickel Plate Road) was laying over in Warwick, NY at the Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad shops, after the August 1970 High Iron Excursions along the Erie Lackawanna Main Line.

   My mother Sharon took the picture (seen at left) of me on its front coupler being held by my father.

   If only they knew where that would lead... And I think Dad did!

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   My father passed away on 05 October 2009. Rest In Peace Dad! I <3 U.

   I may have been born a little too late for the BEDT steam show; but I did get to see some BEDT diesels in action, as well as New York Dock diesel operations at Fulton, Atlantic and Bush Terminals.

   Matter of fact, when I was a child; I was fortunate enough to get a ride in a New York Dock RS3 diesel (in background) at Bush Terminal in October 1974. The crew just pulled up to my father and I, and said "come on up!" And away we went.


Stan Goldstein photo


Stan Goldstein photo

   The picture at left was taken by my father on April 14, 1975.

   Here I am at New York Dock's Fulton Terminal enginehouse in downtown Brooklyn.

   I may not have had good fashion sense (checked pants with plaid jacket with a striped engineers cap?), but no doubt I have good taste in railroads!

   As a result of the Offline Terminals located in Brooklyn therefore have a special place in my heart and how I came to author the website on their colorful histories.

   By the time I able to use it, I had my own camera. A Yashica GT with 45mm f1.7 lens; and trust me; it saw plenty of use at railroad yards up and down the East Coast.

   And here I am in Hollywood, Florida catching Amtrak train #93 "The Floridian" on April 19, 1976 while visiting my grandparents in North Miami Beach. And there I am carrying my trusty Yashica.

    The engineer was quite friendly on one of the other trains I caught this day, as he threw me down a handful of flimsies (Form 19's) from Seaboard Coast Line, which I still have!


Stan Goldstein photo


John Testagrose photo

   It seemed as if my father and I were always at Sunnyside Yards located in Long Island City, Queens, NY; which housed Amtrak, Penn Central and New Jersey Department of Transportation. We would visit it several times a year and we witness first hand the transition from Penn Central to Conrail and New Jersey Department of Transportation into New Jersey Transit.

   Here is a shot of me on the 39th Street overpass which overlooks Sunnyside Yards, and again there I am with the Yashica GT. I still have this camera, '70's era strap and all; as it holds some very fond memories, and it really has taken quite a bit of railroad photos.

 

   During summer vacation, my family spent a week or so almost every year in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Obviously, this meant I was constantly around operating steam locomotives which as you can imagine; were never boring. Matter of fact, this helped develop my affinity for steam locomotives. We would usually shoehorn a day or two at Horseshoe Curve in Altoona. Oddly though, Dad never seemed to travel the few extra miles to Gallitzin.

   I have also had the honor and pleasure of operating a nineteenth-century trolley on several occasions for the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association when it first getting organized 1993 through 1995 on the Van Brunt Street Pier in Brooklyn, NY. This trolley, #3; is a genuine museum piece and is an overhead electric four wheel trolley built in 1897 by Mann-Schukert in Germany; for use in Olso, Norway. It is currently located at the Trolley Museum of New York, in Kingston, NY.

   I was also certified to operate #358 (ex-Johnstown, PA), a 1925 St. Louis Car Foundry (now reconfigured as self propelled diesel); for the Trolley Museum of New York and I am also certified to operate railcars through the North American Rail Car Owners Association (NARCOA). If funds and the availability of running locations ever permit, I anticipate the eventual purchase of my own railcar.

   It is every railfans sworn duty to try and finagle a cab ride as often as possible. In this modern litigious society, corporations frown upon it to the point of even issuing penalties for crews; so such opportunities rarely occur on spur of the moment. Unless of course you either know someone higher up in the food chain or you are just exceptionally lucky. At least one (usually the later), but often both applies to me.

   In addition to the New York Dock cab ride mentioned above when I was a child, I have also had the pleasure of numerous additional cab rides as I got older as well: at least one cab ride in almost every piece of motive power of the Delaware & Ulster Railroad: ALCo RS36 #5017, ALCo S4 #5106 & #1012, GE 44T #76, and Brill M405. With their acquisition of NYO&W #116, I will now have to try to get a cab ride in that when it is returned to service.

   I have also been fortunate to have had a cab ride in Catskill Mountain Railroad #407 [ALCo S1]. This actually means a bit to me, as this locomotive is as close as I'll ever get to an operating former carfloating / rail-marine terminal locomotive, due to the fact that:

  1. This locomotive is an ALCo S1, and Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal used the identical model locomotive for its carfloating operations after 1963 through closure in 1983,
  2. #407 itself was used in carfloat drilling for the Long Island Rail Road at Long Island City Freight Terminal (just a few hundred feet upriver from the BEDT Pidgeon Street Yard)
  3. As #407 is still equipped to this day with "eared" knuckles on her couplers (used for float bridge / carfloat interchange operation);


Catskill Mountain Railroad #407 - 26 September 2010
ALCo S1 (ex-SIRT #407, exx-LIRR #407)
Earl Pardini, President and Chief Mechanical Officer of CMRR and myself.
J. Tanksley photo
added 11 October 2012

   Not to be overlooked are the numerous "discreet" cab rides I have received from active duty employees on my local Class 1's and 2's, even if it was only from one end of the yard to another. I won't go into details to protect the crew from possible disciplinary action, but these guys were friendly enough and remote enough to know how to make a rail enthusiast smile.

   But, there is nothing like cab riding a steam locomotive. I vaguely recall riding a steam locomotive as child, but not sure of when or where. Doubt it was Strasburg. Steamtown in Vermont perhaps or Morris County Central? I cannot say for sure. But, in September 2013, I had the very distinct pleasure of riding in the cab of Texas State Railroad #316 (4-6-0). Texas heat is just a tad more bearable (or maybe unnoticeable!) in the cab of steam locomotive. If one is going to roast, you might as well enjoy it!

   My better half of railfanning Deb purchased a cab ride for me as an anniversary present. This worked out to her favor as well, because it was the last run of the day and after we arrived in Palestine, the crew invited her up as well for the run to the enginehouse.


Texas State Railroad #316 - [4-6-0 - ALCo-Cooke Works, 1901]
Rusk, Texas - 21 September 2013
Deborah M. Pickering photo


That your girlfriend?
Yup!
Whats she doing on the ground?
Didn't think there was enough room in the cab for two riders...
We can make accommodations! Get her up here!


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Wind blowing in her hair as we ride back to the enginehouse
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   I have also been at one point or another, involved in the cosmetic restorations of Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal #14 and #16.

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Photography Equipment

   Railfanning usually involves an interest in photography, and I am not exempt from this rule.

   As for my photographic equipment, after my Yashica GT mentioned above, I eventually graduated to an Olympus Pen-FT 35mm Half Frame SLR with 50-90mm f3.5-4.5 zoom lens around 1980 or so. Unfortunately, as I grew older and graduated high school my interests matured and changed, and I drifted away from railfanning in 1983 with a coinciding hiatus in photography as well.

   In 1995 however, I developed an interest in NASCAR Winston Cup Racing, and my manual focus Olympus body just was not cutting it for high speed action photography. So, I purchased my first autofocus SLR: a used Minolta Maxxum 8000i. I added two 7000i's to the camera bag over the next few years. But from the get go, I began purchasing higher end professional lenses: Minolta 50mm f1.4, Tamron 70-210mm f2.8 SP LD IF and so on. I dabbled in modelling photography, and apparently my skill was satisfactory enough to attain a position in Ford for Children Modeling Agency for a friends son.

   In 1999, after I relocated to upstate New York, I became a member of a pit crew for a friend's DIRT Motorsports 358 Modified racecar. By proxy, I became the team photographer as well as some freelance photography work at Accord Speedway when the regular track photographer wasn't available.

   In 2003 or so, my interests in railfanning rekindled, and I also became more serious about my camera equipment. I upgraded to a Minolta Maxxum 9 (with vertical grip) in 2008 and purchased a Minolta 28-70 f2.8G. But, I was a stalwart film user. Come hell or high water, I was going to be dragged screaming and kicking into digital photography era. That wouldn't take place until 2010.

   Once I made the switch to digital, I started with a Sony a350 and by 2012, I added a Sony a700 to the camera bag. About the same time while I was railfanning on the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge (it having been converted to the linear park "Walkway Over The Hudson"), my Minolta 28-70 f2.8G committed suicide by jumping out of my camera bag and onto the concrete deck. Unfortunately, it was not salvageable.

   I replaced it with a Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II PZD for "all in one" portability, but in the end I could not live without low light capability and went back to a two body system. So in 2015, I purchased a Sony a900 Full Frame DLSR. All my DSLR's have a vertical grip mounted for extra battery capacity and vertical controls.

   I also commenced in updating my lenses either as a result of age or as stated above; attrition. So, I retired my trusty Tamron 70-210 f2.8 and bit the bullet and shelled out for a Sony 70-400 f4-5.6 SSM GII.

   I now have a Sony 16-50mm f2.8 mounted to the a700 and the Sony 70-400 f4-5.6 SSM GII paired with the a900, but I retained all my fast prime Minolta lenses: 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4 and with those, I dabble in event photography for friends and family when the occasion arises.

   I continue to be an avid railfan and I am constantly exploring and visiting new locations to add to my "list" as well as scratch off items on my "bucket list". These locations can reviewed below in my list of the railroads, locations and railroad museums I have either visited, photographed, and in some cases had the opportunity to ride as a passenger.

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Conrail Shared Assets Operations / North Jersey District
Rahway Movable Bridge "CP-RH" - Chemical Coast Line, Rahway, NJ
with my former stepson Joe.
photo by J. Roborecky


"The Bound Brook Irregulars"
Conrail Shared Assets Operations - North Jersey District / Lehigh Line
Bound Brook, NJ

photo by J. Roborecky

Conrail Shared Assets Operations - North Jersey District / Lehigh Line
Bound Brook, NJ
photo by J. Roborecky

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   I am also extremely fortunate that my fiancèe Deborah is almost as interested in railfanning as I am, and whom I might add very conveniently lives next to the BNSF Red River Division / Houston Subdivision in Flynn, Texas!

   This allows me to get away from my local roads CSX, CP, NYS&W and NS here in New York; and catch some UP, BNSF and KCS in action on their turf; as well as all the interesting industrial operations down there.


Deborah at Texas State Railroad;
Rusk Depot, Texas

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   My railfanning interests have extended further from just taking images of trains to the point I know collect Employee Timetables for the locations of my railfanning and more often than not, I take Amtrak to Texas and back and "let someone else do the driving". This allows me to shoot the trackside industries and shortlines along the route, not to mention railfanning Chicago during layovers between trains!

   On occasion I will splurge and rent a sleeper instead of coaching it!

   I am a member of National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), and I am a strong advocate of AMTRAK, and passenger railroad transportation as a whole as well as freight railroads.  


"First Classing" it on the Amtrak #22 "Texas Eagle".
Whatta shit eatin' grin...
Deborah M. Pickering photo


   My railfanning images (as well as other topics) are shared on FLICKR, YouTube and Railroad Picture Archives, as well as many diverse groups and pages on Facebook:


Class 1 / Revenue / Commuter / Industrial

road city / town state
Albany Port Albany NY
Amtrak "Lake Shore Limited" #48 & #49  (Albany - Chicago)
"Cardinal" #50  (Indianapolis - New York City)
"Empire Service"  (Albany / Rhinecliff / New York City)
"Texas Eagle"  #21 & 22 (Chicago - Dallas)
Northeast Corridor - Metuchen
Northeast Corridor - Elizabeth
Northeast Corridor - Newark
Sunnyside Yards, Queens
Poughkeepsie
Rhinecliff
Albany
Amsterdam
Fonda
New Haven
Hollywood
Marshall

Albion
Chicago
NY > IL
IN > NY
NY
IL > TX
NJ
NJ
NJ
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
CT
FL
MI

MI
IL
ArcelorMittal Gary IN
Atlantic Coast Line Hardeeville
Sanford
SC
FL
Auto Train (northbound) Sanford > Lorton FL > VA
Baltimore & Ohio Baltimore MD
Boston & Maine Bellows Falls VT
Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Brooklyn NY
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Red River (formerly Gulf) Division / Houston Subdivision
Red River (formerly Gulf) Division / Galveston Subdivision
Teague Yard
TX
TX
Bush Terminal Brooklyn NY
CSX Albany Division / River Subdivision
Albany Division / Selkirk Subdivsion
Albany Division / Mohawk Subdivision
Albany Division / Hudson Subdivision
Albany Division / Castleton Subdivision
Albany Division / Port Subdivision
Selkirk Yard
West Albany Yard
Baltimore Yard
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
MD
Canadian National Grimsby Subdivision - Merritton, Ontario
Bayview Subdivision - Hamilton, Ontario
Canada
Canada
Canadian Pacific / Soo / Delaware & Hudson US East Region / Freight Subdivision - Oneonta
US East Region / Freight Subdivision - Colliersville
US East Region / Freight Subdivision - Richmondville
US East Region / Freight Subdivision - Belden Tunnel
US East Region / Freight Subdivision - Albany
Hamilton Subdivision - Welland, Ontario
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY

Canada
Conrail Kingston
Suffern
Hoboken
Altoona
Horseshoe Curve
NY
NY
NJ
PA
PA
Conrail Shared Assets Operations
(CSX & NS)
North Shore Branch / Staten Island RR - Arlington Yard
North Jersey District / Lehigh Line - Bound Brook
North Jersey District / Lehigh Line - Union
North Jersey District / Chemical Coast Secondary - Elizabeth
North Jersey District / Port Reading Secondary - Port Reading Junction
North Jersey District / Elizabethport Yard
North Jersey District / Oak Island Yard, Newark
NY
NJ
NJ
NJ
NJ
NJ
NJ
Construction & Marine Equipment Elizabeth NJ
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Dallas TX
Dallas, Garland & Northern Dallas TX
DC Logistics Hutchins TX
East Penn / Morristown & New Jersey Campbell Hall NY
Erie Lackawanna Callicoon
Suffern
Ramsey
Hoboken
NY
NY
NJ
NJ
Florida East Coast North Miami Beach FL
GATX - Plantersville Repair Facility Plantersville TX
Galveston Galveston TX
Grand Trunk Western Albion
Battle Creek
MI
MI
Green Mountain Bellows Falls VT
Kansas City Southern Transcontinental Division / Meridian Subdivision - Old Vicksburgs Bridge MS
Kellogg's Battle Creek MI
Iowa Pacific / Pullman Private Cars Chicago IL
Lehigh & Hudson River Warwick NY
Long Island (passenger & freight) as passenger, regular service on most branches
Sunnyside Yards, Queens
Jamaica, Queens
Bayside, Queens
Penn Station, Manhattan
Oyster Bay
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
Metra Chicago IL
Metro North Hudson Line - Poughkeepsie
Hudson Line - Anthony's Nose
Port Jervis Line - Port Jervis
Port Jervis Line - Moodna Viaduct
New Haven Line
NY
NY
NY
NY
CT
Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern Utica NY
Morristown & Erie Morristown
Greenville
Howland Hook
NJ
NJ
NY
New Jersey Department of Transportation Sunnyside
Hoboken
Port Jervis
NY
NJ
NY
New Jersey Transit as passenger, regular service
Port Jervis Line - Port Jervis
Raritan Valley Line - Bound Brook
Northeast Corridor - Newark
Northeast Corridor - Elizabeth
Lehigh Line -
Union
Main Line - Rutherford
Ramsey
Suffern
NJ > NY
NY
NJ
NJ
NJ
NJ
NJ
NJ

NY
New York City Transit Authority as passenger, regular service most lines
Coney Island Shops, Brooklyn
39 St Yards, Brooklyn
50th Street Tower, Manhattan
NY
NY
NY
NY
New York Container Terminal Howland Hook NY
New York Cross Harbor Brooklyn &
Jersey City (Greenville)
NY
New York Dock Brooklyn   NY
New York New Jersey Rail Brooklyn &
Jersey City (Greenville)
NY / NJ
New York, Susquehanna & Western Northern Division / Syracuse Main  Line - Cortlandville - Whitney Point
Southern Division / Main Line - Little Ferry
NY
NJ
Norfolk Southern Harrisburg Division / Southern Tier Line, Binghamton
Harrisburg Division / D&H South Line
Harrisburg Division / Pittsburgh Line - Rockville Bridge
Hillburn Yard - Suffern
Dearborn Division / Chicago Line, Port Clinton
Dearborn Division / Chicago Line, Sandusky

Sandusky Division - Sandusky Yard
Central Division / Appalachia District - Natural Tunnel
NY
NY
PA
NY
OH
OH

OH
VA
Nucor Steel - Bar Mill Jewett TX
Penn Central
Horseshoe Curve
Altoona
Penn Station, Manhattan
Suffern
Tappan

New Haven
Battle Creek
PA
PA
NY
NY
NY

CT
MI
Port Jersey Greenville NJ
RailEx Facility Rotterdam NY
Ringling Brothers Circus Train (Red & Blue) West Side Yard, Sunnyside Yard, Oak Island NY& NJ
Seaboard Coast Line Florence
Sanford
SC
FL
South Brooklyn Rwy (NYCTA) Brooklyn NY
Southern Brunswick GA
Southern Ontario Hamilton Ontario
Strates Shows Circus Train Port Jervis NY
SuperSteel Schenectady Glenville NY
Terminal Rail Road Association of St. Louis St. Louis MO
Texas International Terminals Galveston TX
Trinity Rail Express Dallas TX
Union Pacific Dallas-Fort Worth Service Unit / Hearne Subdivision
Dallas-Fort Worth Service Unit / Dallas Subdivision
Houston Service Unit / Bryan Subdivision
Houston Service Unit / Ennis Subdivision
Hearne Yard
TX
TX
TX
TX
TX


Tourist / Heritage / Museums / Photo Opportunies / Defunct RR's & Facilities

Adirondack Scenic Utica NY
American Portland Alsen NY
Branford Trolley Museum Branford CT
Brooklyn Historic Railway Association Brooklyn NY
Burlington - Rock Island Museum Teague TX
Bush Woodlands Cooperstown NY
Cadillac & Lake City Sandstown MI
Catskill Mountain Railroad Phoenicia & Kingston NY
Chesapeake & Ohio #614
(running! - NJT Port Jervis Line 1998)
Harriman NY
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Cooperstown NY
Empire State Railway Museum Phoenicia NY
"D&H #302" (Reading #2102 - High Iron Excursion) Callicoon NY
Delaware & Ulster Railroad Highmount - Arkville -Roxbury NY
Florida Gulf Coast Parrish FL
Freedom Train (runby 1976) Ramsey NJ
Galveston Railroad Museum Galveston TX
Iowa Pacific "Travel Pullman" Private Cars Chicago IL
Morris County Central Morristown NJ
NKP #759   (High Iron Excursion) 
(High Iron Excursion layover)
Callicoon
Warwick
NY
NY
Railroad Museum of Long Island Riverhead NY
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Strasburg PA
Reading - McMyler Dumper Port Reading NJ
Red Caboose Lodge Strasburg PA
Saratoga & North Creek Saratoga Springs NY
Starrucca Viaduct Lanesboro PA
Steamtown Bellows Falls
Scranton
VT
PA
Strasburg Strasburg PA
Super Steel Glenville Industrial Park (Amtrak Rohr Turboliners in storage) NY
Texas and Pacific Railroad Museum (external exhibits only) Marshall TX
Texas State Railroad Palestine - Rusk TX
Trolley Museum of New York Kingston NY
Ulster & Delaware RR Historical Society Roxbury NY
Viscose #6 (rent a saddletanker) on CMRR Phonicia NY
Walkway of the Hudson (CSX & Amtrak / MetroNorth) Highland - Poughkeepsie NY
New York, Ontario & Western
(walked r.o.w.)
Summitville NY
Ulster & Delaware RR
(walked r.o.w.)
Kingston - Oneonta NY

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   Currently, as a result of my research and this website, either in part or in whole; has found its way to serving the public through the following agencies, publications and preservation groups:

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    In addition to the research of, and collecting photographs and memorabilia from Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal, my other railroad related hobbies and interests include:

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   Currently, my full time occupation (unpaid) is research and historian of Industrial & Offline Terminal Railroads of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx and Manhattan; and as a result, maintaining the websites and page associated with this research.

   Other times, when funds and time permit; I can be found chasing trains.

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Should you find the need to contact me, please feel free to email:


bedt14@aol.com

or call
(845) 586 - 4672

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