On the Rail (Purgatory)

New York City is where all the good photographs hide, just waiting to be found. I don't live as close to the city as I used to, so riding on the Long Island Rail Road has become a necessary evil. I read books, watch movies, play games, sketch out ideas for projects and mostly wish I was anywhere else as the train slowly chugs along, inching closer to my destination.

Fact: More than 1,000 punch shapes are used on the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road. Almost as unique as fingerprints, the shapes identify which conductor punched a ticket in order to keep customers from reusing tickets from other trains.


  1. Love these! Came here via Joe's NYC. Also, didn't know about the punch shape facts which is pretty intense!