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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fulton Street Elevated 1936- 1956

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.

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 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.


  1. I think the "Interlocking out of service 1/22/34" on the map above means that the Sands St stub of the Fulton El (marked "Kings Co. Term." on the map) was out of service from that date. I don't see how both branches from the point marked could be in regular service after that date if the interlocking wasn't.

  2. Thanks Threestationsquare.

    Thanks threestationsquare. Will try to research in the future. My best: Tramway null(0)

  3. Can someone clarify this? I have seen photos of heavy steel cars like R-10's or Standards at Hinsdale St. on the middle track of the El, railroad north (physically east) of Atlantic Av. Now I know the segment from Hudson St. - 80th Street all the rest of the way out to Lefferts Avenue (today's Blvd) can handle heavy cars as it still does. But what about the line between Grant and Pennsylvania Avenues? It was two tracks and I am told it was light weight structure for wood cars only.

    1. Hi Erik:

      Thanks for your input. The Eastern Division is not my forte. If I find anything of interest. I'll post it.

      My best,
      Tramway Null(0)