Sorry for the delay in
posting this update, we were below ground in Manhattan for quite a
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.
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
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.
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
Stefan Karpinski and Andrew Weir
checking on the cause of a delay
Forest Hills Platform
The group waiting at Forest
Waiting for a
connection at 179 St
84 stations down,
384 to go.
4 hours and 40 minutes
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.
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.
Karpinski, Andrew Weir, Bill Amaosa,
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.
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
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
Getting a witness
to sign our log book