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Meet the Blogger Who Documented Every Train Station in the Metro-North System

Ryan Caron King
Emily Moser has photographed and researched every station in the Metro-North system.
The blog features Moser’s musings, photos, and station archival material.

There are over 120 train stations in the Metro-North system and Emily Moser, a photographer, blogger, and Connecticut native, has documented them all.

Moser runs the blog I Ride the Harlem Line, which she originally started in 2009 to write about the “strange passengers” she encountered on the train during her commute. The blog evolved into a comprehensive real-time and historical exploration of Metro-North.

The blog features Moser’s musings, photos, and archival material of stations across the rail system, and beyond.

With the launch of Moser’sPanorama Project – a long-term mission of documenting every station in the system – Moser accrued a dedicated online following, thousands of monthly views, and a feature in The New York Times.

And now, Moser is retiring. She announced in August that she would no longer be riding the Harlem line on a regular basis. Instead, she said, she’s going to work for Amtrak.

But Moser said that her days as a train documentarian are far from over. There have been some changes to Metro-North stations that she wants to cover. And Amtrak offers some uncharted blog territory.

Up next, Moser said, is a photo tour of a foreign transit system she’s been “dying to shoot for several years,” again affirming that I Ride the Harlem Line is no longer just about the Harlem Line itself. 

Listen to a few of Moser's blog entries and watch her reflect on her experience below.

Curious followers of Moser’s blog are advised to keep an eye on the Amtrak Instagram account for more from her, she hinted in her latest post.

Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Emily Moser's name. 


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