It is always nice to take a little time at the beginning of a new year to reflect on the previous year, and everything that has come to pass. 2013 was certainly an interesting year, to say the least. Grand Central Terminal celebrated its centennial, and Metro-North turned the big 3-0. The year was not kind to railroading in general, from a Quebec town forever changed, to a North Dakota fireball to round out the year. Metro-North was, of course, no stranger to turmoil in 2013 – but we all hope for a bright future in 2014.
As for this blog, much of 2013 was spent covering Grand Central Terminal and its centennial. Our 100 for 100 project, which posted a historical photo from Grand Central’s history each day until the centennial, was quite popular. Outside of our general area, we spent a lot of time talking about the Alaska Railroad, and the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad.
As we’ve done in past years, it is always fun to take a look back at what was popular with the viewers on the site. Later on we’ll look at the top 13 posts of the year, but now I figured we’d check out what was popular on social media. In February of 2013 we joined Instagram, and have spent a lot of time posting train photos from all over. These were the most favorited photos in our feed from 2013:
As for Facebook, these were the most viewed items that we posted:
Project: photograph what is left of the stations in the Park Avenue Tunnel. I can think of stations at 59th St., 72d St., 86th St., (and 110th St., just outside, north of “NK”). Get permission and don’t go alone or un-armed! Glocks are nice! The former stations are accessible from the Avenue with an “Emergency Door” key. Wear old clothes!