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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Looking North from Ditmas Avenue Brooklyn 2009
This shot was taken by Leonard Wilson on 4/15/2009 and it shows a R-160B F Train emerging from the tunnel south of the Church Avenue Station. I took this photo off the http://www.nycsubway.org website because in this one picture, many of the topics that this blog discusses is shown. You can see the tunnel into which the F train goes into south of Church Avenue. This tunnel was built for the Independent Subway. This portals' construction date is not clear. It may have been built after the Church Avenue station opened in 1933 or later, perhaps before World War II. The actual incline did not have service until October, 1954 when the IND subway "captured" the BMT Culver Line. For many years, the incline, which has space for four tracks had only one track, the northbound local track, was actually connected to the BMT Culver Elevated. I read someplace that in the middle of the incline, there was a large tree growing probably through the war years. In the picture, you will also see the large radio tower at Bishop Ford High School which was the location of the 9th Avenue trolley depot that was in service until 1956. This trolley barn had two levels. Also, if you look at the right side of the incline, you can see serveral vertical iron beams that were used to support the McDonald Avenue trolley wires. Believe it or not, some of the insulators and a few inches of trolley support span wire are still in the horizontal position! These are probably the very last of the few artifacts of the great trolley operation in Brooklyn. The only other artifacts are several trolley line support poles scattered throughtout Brooklyn and an occasional peak of trolley track through asphalt for the few tracks that have not been pulled yet.