Webrings - Maps - Trolleys and More
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Auto-free New York has been on the scene for many years promoting various rail friendly projects including light rail for 42nd Street in Manhattan. According to their website, on January 20, 2015 they had a guest speaker that suggested that New York City can use twenty light rail routes. The introductory paragraph on the matter is shown below:
Paul Gawkowski, former MTA planner and our guest speaker in December, brought to the December 30 forum his list of twenty NYC bus lines that are best candidates for conversion to light rail. The list was of considerable interest to City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, as he is concerned with a five-borough approach to transit improvement. The challenge for the working group is to make the case that advancing vision42 will stimulate citywide interest in light rail lines for each of the five boroughs.
A member of the group has given me a list of these twenty routes and they are below: Notice that City Councilman Y. Rodriquez is also interested in this list. Remember that a few weeks ago, MTA officials stated that they are interested in light rail for New York City as a fast way, probably using unused rights of way of rapidly bringing rapid transit to underserved areas. I saw this list for the first time a few hours ago and I will make the following comments. A member told me that lines for Staten Island should have been included. I am familiar mainly with Broooklyn and here are my comments: The B-46 Utica Avenue route, B-44 Nostrand Avenue, b-35 Church Avenue, B-41 Flatbush Avenue streetcar routes were among the last trolley routes in Brooklyn and they lasted until 1951-1956. These are heavily used routes. Perhaps they lasted so long because the carried the most passengers and were efficient. Other routes such as the McDonald Avenue, Coney Island Avenue routes lasted almost to the end but were not included in the list. Notice that the B-6 Avenue D route is way up there and it was never a streetcar route. I remember seeing in an ERA Bulletin a piece that said that the New York Regional Plan recommends light rail for bus routes that meet a certain criteria of passenger use. It also said that most Manhattan bus routes meet this criteria. Sorry folks, I cannot give you a reference.
More to follow on this interesting topic in the future.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
These series of pictures were part of an Powerpoint presentation that I experimented with many years ago. Of course, in Blogger, I cannot post a Powerpoint file so you will see a series of JPEG files.
The main background here is a great picture from the Frank Pfuhler collection taken from Dave's Rail Pix. It shows a Church Avenue trolley (PCC # 1050) running eastbound on Church Avenue near East 18th Street near the BMT Brighton Line Church Avenue station. The view is towards the south west during a snow storm. On the antique street lamp is an advertisement for a great film "I'll Cry Tomorrow" that tells the story of Lillian Roth. I believe the year is 1955-56. Kronos was a science fiction film that was released in 1957, so in reality, Kronos would not have ever meet the Church Avenue Trolley because it was released one year later. I was a small child when Kronos came out and the "monster" or "alien", or whatever you will call it, was a ET that grew larger as it absorbed energy. It had two poles at it's top that could, in my fantasy, be connected to any set of trolleybus wires. Of course, on Church Avenue, you had a simple standard streetcar wire network. so we can say, the Kronos did not have a return for the positive current as shown below. In this series, Kronos "takes a walk" on Church Avenue, looking at the "I'll Cry Tomorrow" advertisement, slips in the snow and goes west on Church Avenue. It ends up on the Third Avenue El (demolished a year earlier) and makes a cameo visit to the Ninth Avenue Lower station on the Culver Line. By the way, Kronos, as it grew bigger, became bigger than a 100 story building. I incorporated it also in New York City skyline as well. I remember when our beloved "World Trade Center" was being built, in some respects, the World Trade Center had some characteristics with Kronos. They were both over 100 stories tall, were a large rectangular solid that was metallic and shiny and had a tall pole on the top. The World Trade Center also had two "skylobbies" where there was a cafeteria and was the exchange for local and express elevators. The windows at the skylobbies were slightly different compared to the other floors and it is ironic that "Kronos" also had two or three sections with a pole(s) on top that had a red light that glowed.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Please look at this trolley proposal for the Bronx. Interesting material here. Will discuss in a few days. Very interesting. The area shown is the general area where the 3rd Avenue El was abandoned in 1973. Will discuss hopefully in the future. Also discusses the 167nd Street- Concourse trolley station. Enjoy!
Friday, January 2, 2015
This link was posted by WillD of subchat this week dealing with Montreal's 100% Electric Future.
Thank you WillD so much.
Montreal's all-electric future
Posted by WillD on Thu Jan 1 08:58:53 2015
STM appears to be serious about electric surface transportation.
Since New York City may bet some of its electric from Canada, why not New York?