From the junction point of Jamaica, Queens, the mainline of the Long Island Rail Road strikes out to the northwest on a fully grade separated, electrified four-track alignment towards the East River tunnels to Manhattan and Penn Station. Along the way are three local stops, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Woodside. In this view we are standing at the front of a typical train of M-1's and watching as we come up to track speed after a stop. As we accelerate we are overtaken by an other M-1 express but eventually we come up to speed (79 mph as I recall) just after the tail of the express has passed and we remain in the same relative position for several miles.
Not much has changed from the time of this picture over 40 years ago. The last M-1's were retired in 2007 but the newer generation of equipment doesn't look all that different. The tracks and the apartment buildings are still there.