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Monday, February 16, 2015

McDonald and Church Avenues Brooklyn: 1952

  I came across this picture taken in the Spring of 1952 from the Transit Museum Archive.  You are looking north along McDonald Avenue at the Church Avenue intersection.  Notice the turnoff in this picture, which is turning south west to Church Avenue.  A northbound or eastbound PCC car is shown.  I am not sure if it will continue its' trip north along McDonald Avenue or will turn east to Bristol Street in Brownsville.  According to earlier posted map showing the McDonald Avenue Line (1940-56) by B. Linder( (ERA Bulletin, October, 1977), this turnout curve was installed in the Spring of 1952 and occupies the south west quadrant.  This will allow eastbound Church Avenue cars to turn south on McDonald Avenue and perhaps use the loop near 16th Avenue.  This new turnout will only have a few years service until the entire operation was bustituted in October, 1956.

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