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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Some Interesting Views of the 59th Street Queensboro Elevated Line

  Recently, Dave of Subchat posted a series of clear and rare photos of rapid transit topics of high quality.  I would like to share with you two of them; views of the elevated line that crosses the bridge to Queens.

In this 1940 picture, we seem to facing north along 2nd Avenue and we see the turnoff to the Queensboro Bridge.  The Bishop Crook streetlamp has a sign that says East 59th Street.  If you look carefully in the street, you can see conduit trolley track.  Notice the wooden elevated cars as well.  This curve also shows up on a 1924 aerial.  Yes, we are facing north on Second Avenue.

  In this view as well, I believe we are in Manhattan and we are facing Queens.  Notice our "Friends", the two adjustable Gas Tanks.  I am not sure if they are in Manhattan along the shore or in Queens.
Comparing the location of the gas tanks to the entire Queensboro Bridge, I think the tanks our nearby in Manhattan.  When I have more time, I will look at an aerial of the area.  Note, a 1924 aerial shows three tanks near the intersection of East 62nd Street and York Avenue.  So the tanks are in Manhattan right near the river.  They are sitting on some prime real estate.

Notice the conduit trolley track in the street.  The elevated train seems to consist of wooden gate cars.

What a great shot.  From 1940.

Below, another view of the gas tanks:

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