Remember those three New York City/New Jersey area fests, the Metro New York RailFest #2, Metro New York RailFest #3, and Garden State RailFest?
Well there have been a number of timetable updates recently. LIRR's have been quite drastic (and they may be even moreso with the next change in June), and NJT's minor, so I've had to make changes to all three fests by mixing and matching things where they will fit based on the new train schedules.
A feature of one of them is a day spent riding the LIRR Port Jefferson line outbound only, walking down to the ferry, going by ferry over Long Island Sound, and then riding the Metro North Waterbury Branch before returning to Manhattan on the New Haven Line. Riding the ferry in between and eliminating full round trips on those rail lines helps us to save some time and relieve the worries about otherwise tight connections that existed before.
Moving the Port Jefferson Branch to a different fest created an opening that was replaced by the Oyster Bay Branch, which also will be a much more comfortable connection in Jamaica. We will ride the LIRR Hempstead, West Hempstead, Long Beach, and Oyster Bay Branches all in one day. The night before (a Friday), there is also a trip that will include riding from Long Island City via Hunterspoint Avenue, then over the Central Avenue Branch to Babylon.
Our three fests also include rides out to Atlantic City, High Bridge and Hackettstown on NJ Transit, a New Haven round trip on Metro North, a round trip to Poughkeepsie by Amtrak in one direction and Metro North's Hudson Line in the other, AirTrain Newark, and even one SEPTA round trip.
For the updated itineraries, see:Garden State RailFest 200XMetro New York RailFest #2Metro New York RailFest #3
Now of course the question remains: Just when do we do all of this?