12 of NYC’s Lost Subway and Rail Lines

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12 of NYC’s Lost Subway and Rail Lines

Postby Jeff Smith » Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:30 pm

Nice article from "untapped": http://untappedcities.com/2016/02/29/12 ... ail-lines/

Some portions continued in use after abandonment. It seems fairly obvious the el's in Manhattan were doomed; but they remain in service in the outer boroughs. My personal favorite was the Third Avenue El in the Bronx. Wish that would have survived.

Which would be most useful today?

Discussion of the 9th Avenue "shuttle" from the Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium and the 4: viewtopic.php?f=68&t=61608
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Re: 12 of NYC’s Lost Subway and Rail Lines

Postby Paul1705 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:27 pm

The Bronx Third Avenue el and the Myrtle Avenue line left significant gaps in coverage when closed. Unfortunately no one could foresee that those neighborhoods would have revivals decades later.

If the Brooklyn-Queens light rail is built a branch from the Navy Yard to Bushwick and maybe beyond (via Park Avenue or Myrtle Avenue) would be a plausible extension. The distance from Kent Avenue to Broadway is perhaps a mile or so?
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Re: 12 of NYC’s Lost Subway and Rail Lines

Postby XBNSFer » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:24 am

I guess Staten Island is too "low brow" for "untapped;" any discussion of "lost NYC rail lines" should include Staten Island's SIRT North Shore Line and SIRT South Beach Branch Line, both of which lost passenger service in 1953. While the South Beach Branch is hopeless (the right of way no longer exists), the North Shore Line would be extremely useful for north shore residents who today have to tolerate the oxymoron called "bus service."

GE, not EMD, makes the best locomotives now; has for over 20 years. Get over it.
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Re: 12 of NYC’s Lost Subway and Rail Lines

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:47 pm

There's a post on LIRR that the last ferry from 34th St. to Long Island City operated on March 3, 1925. How long after that did the 34th St. branch of the El last? And did it connect with the 3rd Ave. as well as 2nd? Through from South Ferry, or shuttle from somewhere closer?
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Re: 12 of NYC’s Lost Subway and Rail Lines

Postby railfan365 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:47 pm

Definitely, it would have served Brooklyn well if the Myrtle Avenue el had stayed in service as far as Jay Street. I do wonder though whythe abandoned trackways at Myrtle -Broadway continue as far as they do beeyond what's needed to hold up the control towers.
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