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Update #5

Sorry for the delay in posting this update, we were below ground in Manhattan for quite a while.

418 stations down, 50 to go.  22 hours in.

We are now on the 6 Train headed to Pelham.

We are now within 50 stations of the record and are still nearly 2 hours ahead of the Guinness World Recordô of 26 hours 21 minutes. We're estimating a time of around 24 hours 50 minutes which would have us arriving at approximately 4:33 PM on a 2 Train at the 241st Street station in the Wakefield section of the Bronx.

Overnight our time behind forecast fluctuated but we looked to have it controlled around 7:30 AM. From that point forward we seemed to fall a few additional minutes behind forecast at every transfer point. This was due to longer travel times due to rush hour congestion and unexpected poor connection times between trains. We knew we could possibly fall behind our model time, and aren't at all disappointed because we know we'll be arriving at 241st Street as World Record holders (or at least we will be after Guinness verifies our record breakers package to Guinness.


 

Update #4

317 stations down, 151 to go.  16 hours and 9 minutes in.

We are now at Main St on the 7 Train.  We have completed all the stops in Brooklyn, but haven't yet touched foot in The Bronx.

Below is a graph showing how we have performed over the course of the run relative to our forecasted schedule and time of 23 hours 40 minutes.  We have been running slightly behind schedule except for being one minute ahead at segments 22 and 23.  In all, our ride includes 75 segments with 74 transfers.

 


Update #3

198 stations down, 270 to go. 10 hours and 10 minutes in.

We are now at 121 St on the J Train.

A few hours ago we transferred from a Manhattan bound Q to a Coney Island bound D at Atlantic Av / Pacific St. The run through the terminal was a quick one minute 20 trip. We made a great connection to the D and it allowed us to make up a 6 minute deficit and pull even with our projected time of 23 hours 40 minutes.

Shortly after that we rode the R Train out to 95th St Bay Ridge. Did you know that the R is one of only 4 lines in the system that is entirely underground? The others are the C, E and V trains.

We have also passed through the three newest stations in the system since our last update (63 St/Lexington, Roosevelt Island and 21 St/Queensbridge) These stations opened on October 29, 1989. Kevin Foster set the current Guinness World Recordô on October 25-26, 1989, just three days BEFORE those stations opened.

For the last couple of hours we've been running between on schedule to 5-10 minutes behind. We're feeling good that our forecast has held up for 10 hours and makes us think that without any significant service interruptions we will easily best the current world record since we forecasted beating it by 2 hours 36 minutes. We are also hopefully that we might come close to the skip stop record of 24 hours 2 minutes, which would be quite a feat since we're stopping at many more stations and also visiting each station in a multi-station complex.

The Guinness World Recordô requires that multi station complexes must be visited multiple times. Did you know that the lower level N/Q express train platform at Canal St used to be called Broadway and was renamed in the late 1960s to simplify the map for passengers.

Jason Laska, Michael Boyle and Brian Brockmeyer

Stefan Karpinski and Andrew Weir

Bill Amarosa checking on the cause of a delay

Forest Hills Platform

The group waiting at Forest Hills

Waiting for a connection at 179 St


Update #2

84 stations down, 384 to go.

4 hours and 40 minutes in.

We are now at Kings Hwy in Brooklyn on the F Train.

We saw our first colorful character on the uptown 5 train who joined us for two stops from Wall St to Brooklyn Bridge. He testified to the supremacy of the NYC Subway System over the Metro Rail System in Washington, DC.

While transferring from the C at Chambers St to the E at World Trade center we made out first pit stop. It did cost us 5 minutes as E train was about to pull out 30 seconds after we got there, but it did allow everyone to use the facilities as a preemptive measure that should allow us some comfort and less need for stops later on.

We are running about 5 minutes behind our schedule, which means we picked up about 5 minutes since the first update. Great connections from the E to the B at West 4th St and from the uptown 5 to the downtown 4 at Brooklyn Bridge helped us make up some of that time.

Stefan Karpinski, Andrew Weir, Bill Amaosa,

Jason Laska, Michael Boyle and Brian Brockmeyer

Bill Amarosa with his parents

The Route Map.

The Log Book

Chatting up the passengers on the Coney Island Bound F Train.


Update #1

29 stations down, 439 to go.

1 hour 54 minutes in.

We started the ride 13 minutes later than planned because Stefan ran into service disruptions on the L Train on his way to the starting line and Jason ran into similar disruptions on the 1 Train. This delay does not impact our overall time, it just means the clock started ticking at 3:43:06 PM instead of 3:30:30 PM.

We had some good press coverage with camera crews from WCBS-TV, HBO and a freelance videographer. There was also a reporter and photographer from the Daily News on hand.

As far as the time in route we lost 10 minutes with a bad connection at Rockaway Blvd, but we have plenty 2 hours 36 minutes of cushion built into our schedule so we have no concerns about beating the record.

We also made one minor change to the schedule moving station stops on the C Train to tomorrow morning to ensure we didn't miss the last M Train of the evening destined for Bay Pkwy.

The crew making the first transfer at Broad Channel

Bryan Pace - photographer from the Daily News

Being interviewed by HBO

Getting a witness to sign our log book