"The Boys Are Back In Town" USA Tour 2006

Day 1 : Saturday 29th April

Due to the early start we had once again booked rooms in the Ibis hotel just outside Heathrow, having met up with four of the others in the Wetherspoons on Friday evening before checking in. Out for the free bus a little after 5am we were soon at Heathrow. Last year the check-in took minutes leaving plenty of time for a TGI Friday cooked breakfast...this year the queue was absolutely  massive and it took about 1 1/4 hours to get checked in. By the time we cleared security we had no time left for a breakfast, cooked or otherwise!

Boeing 777 N755AN was our home for the 7 hour flight to New York. There were a number of films on offer and the flight time meant there was time to watch two of them. I opted for "Memoirs of a Geisha Girl" and fell asleep about two-thirds through (so no-one please tell me how it finished, I'll watch it again sometime!) and "Chronicles of Narnia" which I succeeded in seeing all the way through and quite reasonable it was too. Hearing the Thin Lizzy hit "The Boys Are Back In Town" on one of the radio channels seemed quite appropriate as this was to be our third group visit to the US.

On arrival into New York JFK we took the JFK Airtrain to Jamaica station on the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) where an EMU was taken to get us to Penn station. Our first loco of the trip was NJT 4417, an ALP44 electric built by ABB. This was taken the short distance to Newark where we met up with Bob, our sixth group member, who had travelled down from his base in Canada. Our hotel (Hilton) was right opposite Newark Penn station so we popped over to rid ourselves of unwanted luggage and freshen up. On returning a short while later we spent the remainder of the day chasing down NJT traction;

Loco  Type  From - To
NJT 4128  F40PH-2CAT  Newark Penn - Hoboken
NJT 4133  GP40FH-2  Hoboken - Ramsay (mainline route)
NJT 4120  F40PH-2CAT  Ramsay - Allendale
NJT 4031  PL42AC  Allendale - Waldwick
NJT (MTA) 4191  F40PH-2CAT Waldwick - Secaucas Junction (via Bergen County line)
NJT 4120  F40PH-2CAT Secaucas Junction - Ridgewood (via Bergen County line)

NJT 4120 brings up the rear at Allendale on a pleasant warm afternoon.

At Ridgewood a pause was taken for our evening meal in the Office Beer Bar & Grill which we'd pre-sussed on the 'Net as a potentially good place for beer choice. In the event it was OK, though many of the beer choices were not available but they had beers on that weren't on the menu - very confusing after a days travelling, jet lag etc. Quick hop back to the hotel for some well needed sleep, the end of an enjoyable day.

Loco  Type  From - To
NJT 4031  PL42AC Ridgewood - Secaucas Junction (via Bergen County line)
NJT 4605  ALP46 Secaucas Junction - Newark Penn

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