Q train, 24 hours (2009)

The Q train runs north-south below my window towards Coney Island and Midtown Manhattan. On a continuous 24-hour loop, the train passes my house more than 200 times per day.

 

Ride the Q train for 24 hours.
First departure from Coney Island 6:59 am, Thursday, December 3.
Last arrival at Coney Island 7:02 am, Friday, December 4.

 

During the ride:
No reading.
No photography on train.
Write letters.
Invite others to join you in travel.

 

Performance Log:
Leave home:
6:35 am, December 3, 2009.
Run 1 from Coney Island: 7:00am. Car #8859. 7:19 am pass home. 7:39 am first trip over Manhattan Bridge. Full moon out over the city.
Run 2 from 57th street: 8:04 am. Train 2 minutes behind schedule. Same train, Car #9014. 8:34 am pass home.
Run 3 from Coney Island: 9:04 am. Train 2 minutes behind. Same train. 9:25 am pass home.
Run 4 from 57th St: 10:08 am. 20 minutes behind schedule. Same train. Car # 9016. 10:40 pass home.
Run 5 from Coney Island: 11:17 am, departure not listed on schedule. Same train. 11:38 am pass home.
Run 6 from 57th St: 12:28 pm. New train, older model. Car # 5067. 1:14 pm pass home.
Run 7 from Coney Island: 1:49pm. Same train. 2:10 pm pass home. Lunch.
Run 8 from 57th: 2:58 pm. One hour behind. Same train. 3:34 pass home.
Run 9 from Coney Island: 4:40 pm. Trains delayed. New train. "Quincy, you're going out the back door." Off at Ave H. Reboard B train. 5:09 pm pass home. Reboard Q train at Dekalb Ave.
Run 10 from 57th St: 6:00 pm. Car # 2857. Off at U. Sq. Meet ABV. Back on Uptown to 42nd St. Car # 8992. 6:34 pm. Back on at 42nd Southbound. 6:50pm. Off at U. Sq. Cell phone dies. Meet BW. 7:05pm re-board Southbound. Off at Church Ave. Charge phone. 8:09 pm: Back on at Church Ave Northbound. Dinner. Car # 9076. Meet BS. 8:35pm: Back on at 34th Southbound to Atlantic. Car # 9076. 9:13pm: Back on at Atlantic to Union Sq. Car # 2857. 9:48 pm: Back down to 42nd St. Car # 2857. 10:10 pm: Continue southbound to U. Sq. Car # 9044. Meet ML. 10:25 pm to Dekalb. Car # 8936. 10:50 pm to 57th Street. Car # 8806.
Run 11 from 57th St: 11:33 pm. Car # 5140. Off at Atlantic Avenue. Meet AR. 12:24 am re-board Southbound to Coney Island. Car # 8664. Bathrooms closed.
Run 12 from Coney Island: 1:22 am. Car # 9046. Pass home 1:42 am. Drop off AR at Atlantic Ave. Going local between Canal and 57th until 5am.
Run 13 from 57th St: 2:36 am. Car # 9043. Pass home 3:08 am.
Run 14 from Coney Island: 3:41 am. Car # 9043. Same car. Pass home 4:01 am.
Run 15 from 57th St: 4:53 am to Atlantic Ave. Same train, same car. Car # 8047.
Run 16 from 57th: 5:57 am. Car # 2843. Same train. Arrive Coney Island 6:51 am.
Return home: 8:35 am, December 4, 2009.