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Friday, May 24, 2013

Dave Rogoff's Line Drawings of the Original IRT Subway

Source:  Rogoff, David, " Contract I Platform Extensions " in "Contract I History", New York Division Bulletin, Electric Railroaders' Association, Vol. 29, Number 7, July,1986, pp. 2, 3, 5.

These line drawings, drawn by the late David Rogoff, were drawn from the original contract drawings of the first subway in New York, the IRT subway for Contracts I and II.  What is interesting here, for the historian, are those original drawings that never came to see the light of day, but were amended.  For example, the Borough Hall Station in Brooklyn was supposed to have three tracks with a middle express track.  Provisions were made for branches to 4th Avenue in Brooklyn  the Manhattan Bridge and  Lafayette Avenue and the LIRR.  The maps show the actually built mystery single track under Nevins Street that was supposed to lead to the Manhattan Bridge.  There is an actual unused station in th lower level of Nevins Street.  The drawings have a date listed as 12/13/63.  Maps are not drawn to scale to show clarity.   More to follow later, I hope.

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