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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What is TRAVIC?

Bored With Subchat??? Try TRAVIC (Transit Visualization Client)

Posted by heypaul on Sun May 24 22:19:53 2015
Why bother with people talking transit, when you can watch the movement of subway lines and buses throughout New York City and over 100 other cities?

Folks, I just came across this interactive map site which according to the above caption, it is available for 100 other cities.  Click on the link above and I believe you will get New York ( Brooklyn).  At first, you will see a great map.  What is so special?   Something is wrong?  The subway and bus symbols (Route Numbers) are moving.  Looking at the comments, some readers stated that the movement of all subway trains in New York City is not available in real time, and likewise for the buses.  This site will simulate bus and subway movements according to published data for routes that are not yet available in real time.  I have not a chance to check this site out.  This map brings in another dimension to map making.  It is interesting to see what happens at terminals during rush hours.  Are the symbols stacked up?  I will take a look now.  Thanks heypaul of Subchat for sharing.    More to follow.

Observation 1:  Symbols do not stop at the designated subway stops.  For example, on the map, a moving "6" (Lexington Avenue Local) does not stop at Spring Street.   There is no stack of "G" trains at Church Avenue.  Folks, I just looked at the map for a few minutes.  It is great, nevertheless.  PATH is included.  Regarding the map itself, one writer said that the subway lines follow the street line, which may not be the actual situation.

More to follow.

  Click on "All Feeds (249)" to get a world map of cities covered

Verrrry Intereeeesting!
Tramway Null(0)

Monday, May 11, 2015

All Things Culver

   Recently, Subchat posted two interesting items, one dealing with a video showing he last days of the Culver Shuttle by Larry Fendrick (link below) and a discussion of what appears to be a sealed off  tunnel at the south eastern end of a two track brick lined tunnel that carries West End (D) subway trains and formerly Culver Line (5) trains until the late 1950's.  In addition, at the eastern end of this tunnel, where the two tracks spread out, there appears to be a short branch off as shown below as a posting by stevenpaulino1 in subchat.  I am seeing this cut-off for the first time but I know of its' existence because I saw, but I cannot find a track map showing a tiny branch off onto the south western track just as the tracks leave the tunnel.  As you can see in the photo below, this branch off is not a brick tunnel described below but is of more  modern construction at the eastern end of the portal; where all these mysterious ramps are found.  Could there be a hidden tunnel from the bulkhead shown below at the western start of the brick tunnel to the cinder wall shown below?

Video: Final Days of the Culver Shuttle

Posted by Larry Fendrick (NotchIt)-Webmaster on Sun May 10 15:45:46 2015

More to follow about this great video in the future.

Re: Unused Trackways by 9th Avenue

Posted by stevenpaulino1 on Sat May 9 14:03:12 2015, in response to Re: Unused Trackways by 9th Avenue, posted by stevenpaulino1 on Sat May 9 13:44:51 2015.

trackway mentioned by DJ hammer  Photos below are from the above Subchat Posting.

You are facing east at the open cut found east of Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.  A South Brooklyn railway track joins a south bound "D" train track just at the brick tunnel entrance.    To the right of portal, you can see what appears to be an unused tunnel entrance.  I remember that this was more visible as a child in the 1950's because the service building (covered in Graffiti) did not exist then.  The yard was cleaner in the 1950's.  In the 1970's,  I asked an "official " at ERA Headquarters about this and I was told that there was nothing behind the wall.
Around the time that the Culver Shuttle was abandoned in May, 1975, ERA ran a historical series dealing with the South Brooklyn Railroad.   Although the date of the covering of the PRW was not mentioned, based where the material was found below showing improvements, the tunnel improvement was made probably between 1900 and 1906, well before the modern subway era.  By that time, the major passenger traffic came from the Fifth Avenue El and not from the trackways leading to the  39th Street Ferry.  How is this all related to the Culver Line?  In the 1950's Culver Line service went as far as 36th Street and Fourth Avenue in non rush hours and to Chambers Street in the rush hours (since 1954).  The Culver Line passed this wall and I remember it as a child.  When Culver trains approached the eastern end of the tunnel, the trains used the more center tracks and not the tracks used by the "D" train today.  This branch was dark and never lighted, at least in the 1980's.
To be continued....

"  The 1016 foot long open cut extending from Fourth Avenue  to Sixth Avenue was covered  by constructing a brick arch tunnel which was lengthened by 132 feet, extending 75 feet east of Sixth Avenue.  A retaining wall was built between Third and Fourth Avenue where the tracks descend into the tunnel..."  Source:  Linder, B. and Eppler, Paul; "South Brooklyn Railway- Part 3, In, New York Division Bulletin, Electric Railroaders' Association, Vol. 18, No. 3, June, 1975, p.5.