Just as Fleetwood will always remind me a bit of the incident with chicken teriyaki, Melrose station will always another incident… as such, I figured it would be best to get it over with and take a tour of Melrose today. Plus it was kind of easy to go through all the photos for Melrose – there weren’t nearly as many as the other stations. But there is something actually new and cool about these photos – they are the first batch of Tuesday Tour photos that were automatically geotagged by my new GPS logger. What exactly does that mean? Similar to the GPS devices you are most likely familiar with that determine your position on the road and give you directions, this GPS logger just tracks my location and at what time I was there, and stores it. Then when I connect it to my computer along with my camera, it looks at the photo’s timestamp and determines where I was when I took the photo. It can also plot a rough map of how I moved around: like this.
The logger isn’t 100% accurate… nor are the google maps that the data has been plotted upon. But it does give the rough idea of me going back and forth on the platform, taking photos, then crossing over on the road to the other side of the platform and doing the same. On my end (meaning you can’t see it on the above map) it lists speed, so I can tell when I was on the train, and how fast that train was going at the time. But the coolest part is to see the photos plotted on a map of where they were taken – like this: Melrose photos on Panoramio.
Back to Melrose though – it, along with Tremont, is one of the smaller stations on the Harlem Line. The platform is only large enough to accommodate two train cars. Service to these stations is also less frequent than most on the line. Like most of the stations in the Bronx it is a nice place to train watch. With four tracks, two of which are devoted to express trains, you are bound to see something pass by quite frequently, even if it isn’t the rush hour.
Anyways, enjoy the photos of Melrose, with a gorgeous blue sky…
Yay! I was wondering when you were going to visit my home station. Great photos. Thanks for visiting!
Back in the day my husband and I rode the line from Wingdale/Pawling to NYC. We owned an ad agency. Thanks for the site and NYT for bringing it to my attention. Brought back memories…chess playing, book reading, yes, the bar car (does that still exist?). Seeing the sights through Harlem and 125th St. Now we’re in Phoenix OMG what a difference.
On the Harlem Line, there is no bar car. I think the New Haven Line is actually the only place in the country where they still have a bar car. Thanks for the comments!