Webrings - Maps - Trolleys and More
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
East 161 Street & 3rd Avenue Bronx 1954
Yesterday, in Subchat, Dave posted an post titled "New York, 1954" and this great photo taken in the Bronx in 1954 is shown. The 3rd Avenue El with wooden equipment and abandoned trolley tracks on the surface. On writer wrote that he would like to see Bernard Linder trackmap of the area. My archive at home is not indexed and I knew that I would never find it.. but I pulled a binder at random and it seems that the "Bulletin" in 1996 had a series on Bronx Trolleys.
Avenue Line? I am less familiar with Bronx trolleys compared to Brooklyn trolleys. Bronx lost it's trolleys in 1948 and 1952 near the Westchester boarder.
The trackmap below comes from Linder, B. " New York Division Bulletin", Electric Railway Association, Vol. 39, No. 9, September, 1996, pp.2-3.
You will see the 161 Street 3rd Avenue intersection with St. Anns Avenue. The turnout seems in the wrong position but if you turn the map upside down, you can see by 1948 the St. Anns branch was a turnout. It did not exist in the 1909 map. The photo was taken facing south? Notice how elegant New Yorkers dressed in 1954.
I hope this helps.