Big Circle Trip
We rode a regularly scheduled Long Island Rail Road main line train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma, changing to the Greenport train. Upon arrival at Greenport, our luncheon was at Claudio’s, a short walk from the train station. After lunch, we took a short walk to the Railroad Museum of Long Island. Our chartered school bus took us to the Cross Sound Ferry pier at Orient Point. Our 80 minute cruise on the John H sailed across Long Island Sound to New London, CT. The Amtrak station was a short walk where we boarded a Northeast Regional train to Penn Station, crossing over scenic drawbridges and the famous Hell Gate Bridge.
We rode the LIRR’s longest branch to its bumper post, MP 115.8. We left from Penn Station and transferred at Jamaica for the Montauk train. Instead of taking the Montauk Branch the entire distance, the train travelled the Main Line to Bethpage where the train switched to the Central Branch to Babylon. We banged onto the Montauk Branch just west of the station and continued east to the branch’s namesake. Our chartered school bus transported us to the State’s oldest lighthouse followed by lunch at Gosman’s dock.
Rail and Road along the Hudson
While most trips involve photography from trains or on trains, this was a combination. We rode a regularly scheduled Metro-North Hudson line train from Grand Central Terminal to Poughkeepsie, followed by lunch at a waterfront restaurant. After lunch, our chartered 29 seat minibus drove along Route 9 and visited some of the Hudson Line train stations to photograph the scenic beauty. Metro-North and Amtrak supplied some trains to photograph.
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