Streetcars and Spatial Analysis.
What are your proposals for streetcars and or trolleybuses in Brooklyn and New York City? Here past trackage maps are presented and analyzed in todays environment. Geospatial analytical methods are discussed regarding new routes.
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Source: Linder, B. In "New York Division Bulletin" Electric Railroaders' Association, Vol 38, No 2, February, 1995, pp.2-4.
The subject matter of this posting, the Brooklyn Fulton Street El has an extensive history of which I know very little. The line, started in the 19th Century as a elevated steam railroad, served as an important transit link between various districts in Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge to Park Row Manhattan, was very important before the building of the first IRT subway to Brooklyn. Most of the line was destroyed by June, 1940, but certain sections remained intact to around 1956. In fact, the section from 80th Street and Liberty Avenue to Lefferts Blvd. is used today by IND "A" trains. Sections have been rebuilt as you can see from the map. Interesting points is the multi-level Sands Street terminal and the interchange with the BMT Franklin-Brighton Line, Also hidden under the Brooklyn Bridge was the Kings County Terminal and the Fulton Ferry Station.. According to the map dealing with the west portion, the map stated that the "interlocking was out of service as of 1/22/34. A reader asked regarding the Myrtle Avenue Line map that "interlocking out of service 2/23/33" to the High Street Loop. Does this mean that service ended on that date? I think that interlocking refers to switches and the signals that control interconnections between tracks. It is possible that interlocking can be out of service but the rails are still intact and some track movements can take place. For example, for the interlocking that leads to the Fulton Ferry Station, the station may have been service until 6-1-40 at abandonment but the interlocking was out since 1/22/34. Perhaps a reader can clarify this for us. Books can be written on this subject matter.
Also, parts of the original Fulton Street El that were not needed in the reconstruction of the line around 1914-19 may have been used as parts used in the construction of the Culver El, specially south of the Avenue X station.