Happy New Year to all from I Ride the Harlem Line! As you’ve likely seen, 2015 was a very busy year for me. I got married in Grand Central, started working at Amtrak, moved twice, bought a house, and a whole bunch of other exciting things. All of this did take a toll on the site, as nothing was posted in either November or December of 2015. I have no intentions of abandoning I Ride the Harlem Line, however, and am hoping to bring you more posts in 2016 – including the new tour of the Harlem Line that I promised.
For now, though, let’s take a look back at 2015 and what was popular on the site, and on our social media.
Top 10 Photos on Instagram
On Instagram, snow shots seemed to prevail, taking 4 of the top spots. Seven of the ten shots were of Metro-North trains, while one was a lightblur of a Chicago L train. Two New York City shots made their way into the top 10 – one of the Empire State Building from the waterfront in Jersey City, and another of crowds in Times Square on New Years Day, 2015.
Top 5 Posts on Facebook
Due to my move I never got a chance to send out holiday cards, but taking the top spot on Facebook was our virtual holiday card of Amtrak meeting up with a steam excursion from the Strasburg Rail Road. Rounding out the rest of the top five are two popular posts for the year, and two photos – one of which made a showing above, albeit with an Instagram filter.
Top 5 Posts on the Blog
The Lost Train Station of the Bronx – 138th Street, Mott Haven
After significant amounts of research, I finally posted about 138th Street – a beautiful station that had disappeared that had long captured my interest. Apparently, the story of the lost station was a popular topic, as it was the most popular post on the blog for 2015.
My Final Metro-North Commute
Second most popular was my announcement that I would no longer be regularly commuting by Metro-North, as I had landed a job at Amtrak.
A Wedding in Grand Central
Another popular post for the year, and a noteworthy personal event for myself, was my wedding in Grand Central.
The Electrification of Grand Central, and Metro-North’s Third Rail
After yet another grade crossing incident where an inattentive driver ignored signs and waited on the railroad tracks, leading to a deadly Metro-North crash, the subject of the type of third rail used on the Harlem Line came up in the media. In this fourth most popular post for the year, I discussed the history of electrification, and how the design for our third rail was decided upon.
Tuesday Tour of the New Haven Line: Devon Transfer
A tour of the very short lived station of Devon Transfer, on the New Haven Line.