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Old 12-18-2015, 07:28 PM
 
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I'm doing photography and I need a shot of an empty NYC train car.
Can you guys think of any? I'm thinking the R train at Court St on a Sunday night, but would like some opinions before going shooting.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:11 PM
 
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Good luck with the R train on Court Square. Unless it's re-routed via the E or M line, it won't be going through there.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:33 PM
 
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Good luck with the R train on Court Square. Unless it's re-routed via the E or M line, it won't be going through there.
He probably meant Court Street-Borough Hall, which is in DUMBO. The R doesn't run there late nights, and it's a bad choice anyways since it's in DUMBO.

OP, if you don't mind traveling try the A in the Rockaways at Midnight's.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:44 PM
 
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The R train is my most used line. I can think of so many times and days where there was an empty car on the R. But with all the new construction going up on 4th avenue radiating out of baby barf slope I am giving it one year before it's as awful as the L or 7, which has made me looking at apartments in Newark for last few weeks. I wish Newark's downtown high rise apartments weren't so absurdly expensive. (sorry for that rant). But I think the N train too, and sometimes the Q are so empty at some hours and days. What are you shooting if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:07 PM
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easy. 6 train heading south @ brooklyn bridge as it makes the u-turn and turns into a northbound train. best thing about it is u can find an empty car any time of day. might be hard to get a straight shot if u are looking to photograph multiple cars in a row but if it's only one car u are guaranteed to get your shot. bonus is youll see the old abandoned city hall station (i think thats what its called)
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:09 PM
 
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At the line's terminal. Specifically the last stop after everyone is off. You won't have all that long though.

You might want to try the 6 after it empties out at Brooklyn Bridge. You might be able to sneak as it transfers to the uptown track. I think there are other threads here about that.

Or if you want to go out to Queens, at 179 on the F line, you can wait for an empty train after it wraps around, it usually sits there forever, I mean a while

But yeah, late nights are usually your best bet.
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:44 PM
 
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Trust Railman.

InBrooklyn, when the "Crown Heights 4" train pulls into Utica/Eastern Parkway Station, it'll be empty for just a moment after everybody must get off. It's the terminal station for that line. If you're last to leave, you'd have an empty car for just a moment then. And you'd have time to plan your shot while you ride into that station.

Then, the train changes levels, pulls in to wait with open doors for maybe 8 minutes as passengers get onboard before doors close and it heads to Manhattan. Maybe, while all doors stay open, you could walk the platform looking for an empty car, but no guarantees. It seems to me the passengers are well-distributed into every car, but I ride by day and early evening mostly. Plenty of passengers always want the 4, even to midnight.

How about the Franklin Street Shuttle? Does anyone really ride that thing?

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Old 12-19-2015, 06:27 AM
 
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If it were summer now, I would suggest finding a train with a car where the air-conditioning is not functioning and that usually makes for an empty car.
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:50 AM
 
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I'm doing photography and I need a shot of an empty NYC train car.
Can you guys think of any? I'm thinking the R train at Court St on a Sunday night, but would like some opinions before going shooting.
You could take the R to 95th Street/the last stop. Surely you will be able to grab an empty train car---for how long I don't know.
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:30 AM
 
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Mid-day, the FIRST car of the Southbound #6 train pulling into 96th Street MIGHT be empty.


Alternatively the LAST car of the E train into the WTC stop might be empty.

But probably the best chance is the second last car of the Southbound #1 train at South Ferry (last stop.)


Of course, if you want to film at 4 AM you might have a large choice.
(Jack, are you making a porn flick?)
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