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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Various Myrtle Avenue El Track Layouts

Source: B. Linder, In The New York Division, Bulletin, Electric Railroaders' Association,  Vol. 39, No. 12, December, 1996, pp.2-4.

A narrative regarding this line will follow in the future.

The track diagrams above are mainly for the period of 1912 to 1969.  The western section of the line was abandoned in the fall of 1969 and was operated with wooden elevated cars called BMT "Q" cars (Queens).  These cars were rebuilt in the 1930's for use on the Flushing Line for service to the 1939 Worlds' Fair.    The "Q" cars were really interesting with a nice seating arrangement, and a interesting LOC / EXP indicator panel in green and red glass at the end of the cars.  Many people are surprised to find out that Myrtle Avenue  and its' el continued west of Jay Street to Adams Street were the line took a sharp curve on its path to the Brooklyn Bridge and Park Row in Manhattan.


  1. Does "interlocking out of serv. 2/23/33" mean that the Sands St/High St loop was not used by any line after 1933? Do you have information on how often it was used (by which lines) before then?

    1. Hi Threestationsquare:
      My edition of the "Bulletin" from which the maps come from did not provide a narrative so I cannot answer you. My archive does not have an index so it would be difficult to find an answer to your question quickly. I'll try next week to take a stab to find out the information. Information may exist in an article about the Sands Street complex. Will try to answer you in the future.

      My best,
      Tramway Null(0)