Chugging Along

An amateur photographer in Old Tappan uses New Jersey Transit commuter trains as his subjects.
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Photo courtesy of @epictrains


Some people might see angst when their commuter train approaches to take them to work, but others see beauty—and a photo op. Holden Maryott of Old Tappan has an entire Instagram account titled @epictrains devoted to the beauty of commercial locomotives, and among our favorites is this recent shot of New Jersey Transit (NJT) train 1621 on the Pascack Valley Line pulling into the Park Ridge station. “I shot this train because these types of locomotives are unique; there are only two in NJT,” says Maryott. “I find older locomotives still in service worth shooting because they might not have much time left before being retired for newer equipment.” Maryott says he’s loved trains since he was a kid, and now, as an adult, he appreciates the history behind each train and each track. “I like shooting trains because railroads are a rapidly changing industry and I want to preserve the railroad through my photography,” he says. For more of what’s going on around Bergen County, follow us on Instagram @bergenmagnj.

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