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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Meeker Avenue Line & Meeker-Marcy Line in Williamsburg

Source:Linder, B. In "Meeker Avenue", New York Division Bulletin, Electric Railroaders' Association, Vol. 23, No. 6, June, 1980, 4-6. The Meeker Avenue trolley started its' life as a horse car in 1861 which ran from Broadway Ferry to Calvary Cemetery. The line was electrified in 1894 and until 1905, the route changed many times in terms of terminals and actual routing. In 1924 the line was extended from Graham and Meeker Avenues to Graham and Metropolitan Avenue. In 1933 it was combined with the Marcy Avenue line to form the Meeker-Marcy Line. On April 17, 1939 the line was terminated. This line was one of the first Brooklyn trolley lines to be terminated.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Warszawa Subway Map as of 2012

Warszawa  also has a nice subway system and here is a map that I got at a transit map site called which is available at the website for the University of Texas at Austin Map Room.

WKD I believe is a suburban light rail interurban type of operation that is graded separated.

The map is as of 2012.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Abandoned City Hall Loop Station as Seen by a # 6 Lexington Avenue Line Local Train

Hi Folks: I had this in my draft mode for some time. My previous post dealt with the Lexington Avenue Line track map which does show the City Hall Loop which is still in use. Now you can see the loop from the head car of a Lexington Avenue Local (Number 6) train. Thank you R-36 for the posting. Note that the beginning and ending points of this video is the historic Brooklyn Bridge Station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. At this location, above street level, once existed the Park Row terminal for Brooklyn elevated lines and trolley lines that crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. Near this site was the City Hall stop of the 3rd and 2nd Avenue Elevated Lines as well. and some important Manhattan streetcars terminated in the general location as well at Broadway and Park Row, not too far away.

Source: Subchat posting below:

VIDEO: City Hall Loop

Posted by R36 #9346 on Wed Jan 9 18:36:09 2013
With a train with a railfan window running on the 6, it's now possible to get videos like this one. (Note, you can watch this at up to 1080p if you want.)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lexington Avenue Line: North and South Sections, as of 1990

Source: Linder, B. In "New York Division Bulletin", Electric Railroaders' Association, Vol. 33, No. 1, January, 1990, pp. 4-5.

Lexington Avenue Line North of Grand Central around 1990
Lexington Avenue Line South of Grand Central around 1990
These wonderful maps by Bernard Linder show the closed stations ( 18th Street, Worth Street ) and various track changes throughout the years.  Not shown are the "pony " or "baby" platforms that were closed at Brooklyn Bridge and 14th Street.  These short platforms were located adjacent to the local tracks on the wall side and were since removed or closed off.  They were originally built to relieve overcrowding and were found at several stations along the originally IRT subway route.  The Bowling Green shuttle platform and track have been out of public service for many years already.