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"Photos 5 and 6 are from about 1953-54 or so. There is a vehicle from that period in the street. We know its before 1958 since the sign board in the stadium is advertising a Giants Night game, Giants vs the Phillies. I wonder who won."


5/24/1955 Tuesday night game vs. Philadelphia.


Phillies 6 - Giants 2



They didn't play on Monday 5/23 (remember when baseball teams had Monday's off regularly and the Cincinnate Reds started every season.)  That picture may have been taken on 5/23. 

I don't remember the trolleys but there were the trolley busses in the 50's. I grew up on Graham avenue and as a kid, we would walk down to this bridge and straddle the gap between the two sections when a trolley bus would cross. It was sort of a dare with the creek below. That bridge would shake 3-4 inches between sections. It was torn down when the Puluski bridge on Oakland street was built.
Originally Posted by LIRR Steamer:

In Brooklyn, cars of the B&QT ran over to Long Island City in Queens travelling accross the double Bascule Bridge on Manhattan Ave and Vernon Boulevard which spanned the Newtown Creek at this point. This bridge was fascinating to watch and did operate quite frequently since there was a lot of water traffic on the creek in the late 40's early 50's. It made quite a racket as there were two bascules opening and closing at the same time. On the Queens side, Vernon Boulevard was on a viaduct that spanned the LIRR Long Island City yards and station as well as an adjunct PRR yard to handle cars that could not be accomodated in Sunnyside yard. There were a lot of trains to see. The B&QT had a turnaround loop at Vernon and Jackson Avenue where you could get a Queens trolley or the Flushing Line at Vernon and Jackson ave. Station. The subway still stops there but the trolleys and double bascule are long gone. 


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Heres a B&QT car and other traffic waiting on Vernon Boulevard while the bridge is open for water traffic.


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With the bridge closed, we have a Graham ave car coming off the Bridge onto manhattan ave in Greenpoint Brooklyn. The car is a 6000 series built in the early 1930s and was the last car designed by B&QT before the purchase and delivery of the 100 PCC cars. It is still in its B&QT red and cream colors before the Board of Transportation colors were applied. This route ran to downtown Brooklyn and continued through the sands street area onto the Brooklyn Bridge and to Park Row in Manhattan. It was one of a few routes that served three boroughs of the city. 


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The Crosstown car #61 route continued as a trolley on Manhattan ave a bit longer after the trolley buses came. Trolley Buses were used on the Graham ave line, The Lorimer street Line which ran up Nassau Ave in Greenpoint, and the Tompkins ave line which went from Bridge Plaza down to Ebbets Field.The trolley buses went into service in 1949.  When the Pulaski Bridge replaced the Manhattan ave double bascule, Buses were used to cross that Bridge to go to Long Island City. The Graham ave trolley bus did not cross the Brooklyn Bridge as the predecessor trolleys did. 


Here is a Trolley Bus on the Lorimer street route. I believe this photo is at Nassau Ave and Manhattan ave.




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Charlies photos are all very interesting. The first photo is of the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge. It is probably from about 1905 as the Brookly Elevated lines are electrified. Location is about Sands street. Motorized traffic across the span is non-existent. The BRT ran its elevated trains to Coney island and Brighton Beach via the Culver , Fifth Ave and Franklin ave lines . Trains to east New york ran via the Fulton street El and out to Richmond Hill and Ridgewood via the Lexington ave El and the Myrtle ave El.


The second Photo is at Cortlandt street and West street , where the World Trade Center is located. Cortlandt street was known as " Radio Row" home to Leonard radio, arrow Electronics and Blan the Radio Man. That was well after this photo was taken. Looking up the center is the Cortlandt street station of the 9th ave El. The building just to the left and behind the station is 30 Church street which was in The Hudson Terminal Complex , the original station in downtown Manhattan for the Hudson Tubes or todays PATH . The tallest building in the photo behind the el and just to the right is the Singer Building. It was the Worlds Tallest Building in 1908-9. Down in the foreground on the right, we can see a sign for the Pennsylvania Railroad, The lehigh Valley railroad and the New York Susquehanna and Western. This was the terminal for the Pennsylvania's railroad's ferry that ran over to its Exchange Place terminal in Jersey City.


In Photo 3 we are on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. The El Train might be a Culver train heading to Coney Island. The BRT's Park Row Train shed is in the background. Early photo, the El is electrified but the Municipal building is not yet in place.


The 4th Photo shows us the then new Times Building.several theaters in the photo including the Astor Theater and across the street , the Astor hotel. I am thinking that the photographer was probably right about at todays W 46th street where the TKTS booth is today.


Thanks for posting these Charlie.

How about some Fulton Street El in Brooklyn? This line served downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan , went east through the atlantic Avenue complex and east to Lefferts ave.We aredowntown Brooklyn near Borough Hall




At the intersection of Fulton Street and Flatbush ave, The Fidfth Ave El passed under the Fulton Street line. The Fox Theathre is just to the right on Flatbush ave.




We are out at East New York now. The Fulton Train, C types has just left Atlantic ave and is heading east to Lefferts Blvd. The Carnarsie line is in the Foreground.




Herre we have a train of C Types somewhere in Brooklyn on the Fulton Street line.




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There was quite a system of Trolleys operated in the Borough of Queens. Many lines were part of the Brooklyn and Queens Transit company which was part of the BMT. These lines began in Brooklyn and ran out into the Borough of Queens. There were other companies which ran to Astoria, Flushing and Jamaica. The latter route ran along Queens Boulevard in what is today the roads median as it makes its way from Long Island City through elmhurst, rego park, kew gardens and reaching Jamaica avenue. Heres a shot of one of those cars running on the Boulevard out to Jamaica Ave.


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The Last Trolley line to Run in New York City was the Steinway Transit companies Queensboro Bridge line . In 1957, its route ran from Queensboro Plaza over the Queensboro Bridge stopping at Welfare (now Roosevelt) island and into an Underground station at the Manhattan End, 59th street and second ave.


One of the cars at Queensboro Plaza getting ready to tun West.




At the Manhattan Terminal


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Heres the Kiosk on the Manhattan end. The trolley and terminal are long gone but the entrance exit Kiosk survives




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The Sands Street Terminal began operations in 1888 and was closed in 1944. When the Brooklyn Bridge opened,Brooklyn Els provided access to lower Manhattan using the Bridge via the Sands Street terminal. The Brooklyn Els were organized into a single system under the aegis of the BRT or Brooklyn Rapid Transit. In Bens Photo , the tracks in the foreground served the Fulton Street and Brighton Line trains which terminated at Fulton Ferry in Brooklyn. Behind these tracks was a set of tracks and platforms that served all services which operated into Park Row in Manhattan. Thesse included trains from all the BRT el lines except the Jamaica line. Lines included Myrtle Ave, Lexington, Ave 5th Ave , West End line Seabeach line  and Culver lines. Trains which did not go to Park Row continued on Adams street to connect with the upper level loops at sand Street. Trolleys which went to Park Row also went through  the main level . When the station closed in 1944 only the Myrtle Ave and Lexington Ave Els were running to Park Row.


Here is a track diagram that shows the operation through and into the terminal for all lines that used it




Another for the modeler of the track arrangement at Sands Street.




an Aerial view that show the various els in the area and how they connected with Sands Street.





Bens shot of the upper level interior is most interesting. I dont think I have seen that before . The cars in the station are a Fulton street train made up of BMT C types. This was the BMT's first experiment with an articulated subway train set. These cars lasted and worked the Fulton Street line until the end when the IND Rockaway line took over the El section in Queens.


The BMT did a lot of work with Lightweight articulated train sets of whuch the Green Hornet was one. They were built in the 1930s. The design built in quantity was 5 car set called the Multi's . They worked the Myrtle Ave Line North of Broadway, The Canarsie line and the Fulton Street el in Queens. They were very art deco and sadly none were preserved.


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Kluge? Yes maybe in appearance . It seems however a clever use of the space with the loops for Brooklyn turnarounds over the through to Park Row tracks . The loops had side and center platforms to reduce dwell time . Any line operating either on the Myrtle avenue ROW or the Fulton ROW could terminate in Brooklyn or go to Manhattan via different platforms thus minimizing congestion and train delays perhaps. One could walk down from a loop platform and continue to Manhattan by catching a Manhattan bound train on the lower level. Seems like that might have increased utilization of trains operating on this system .


Be interesting to see how they actually operated this system over the years. Originally, everything went through there but by 1920 with the 4th ave subway and Dekalb ave complex in service, Sea Beach, West End and Brighton Services could now use the Manhattan Bridge. The Montague street tunnel and later the Nassau loop took the Culver and local Brooklyn services out of Sand Street. By That time late 1930s only the Fulton St, Myrtle Lexington and 5th ave Els were using sand Street. I believe a Myrtle Ave Train may have been the last train to use the Sand Street facility in 1944 when it was closed.

There was Baseball in Brooklyn. Dodgers played at Ebbets Field to the Flatbush Faithful. We are in 1956, the season following the Dodgers first ever 1955 World Series Championship. The pastor in our school was so excited that he closed the school and sent all of the kids home to celebrate.






We took the trolleys to see " Them Bums". Here's PCC 1000, the first one in Board of Transportation colors





This is the Lorimer Street car, a Peter Witt that did not make it to the New Colors,





When you were in the stadium, you noticed the hand operated scoreboard. No lights here , just the number boards handled by the folks in back of the Board.





and what do we have here, riding on the rear bumper because you didn't have the fare, a time honored tradition that made it into the trolley bus era. I Think I see Ben on the back of that bus in this photo.



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Well Ben you have done it again. Just great photos from a time many years before. On the Williamsburg Bridge we are over the East river, not quite midspan . Weare looking toward Manhattan and it looks like its a weekday morning with lots of Rush hour traffic stopped on the bridge. Lot of pre-1950 cars there including a Desoto limo style taxi. The truck in the right lane is loaded to the hilt with packages on the tailgate outside the truck box area.(Try and do that today).

The BMT train could be a Broadway local or a Myrtle ave train on the way to Marcy Avenue. The street car is an 8000 series B&QT Peter Witt heading for Essex/Delancy street terminal having stopped at Bedford ave station on the bridge. It might be a Raplh Ave car and it is still in the B&QT colors not the Board of Transportation green and silver.


On the Fulton street El, This is turn of the century stuff. That train is near Franklin Ave and Bedford Ave at the start of Bedford Stuyvesant Neighborhood. This looks to be a real fashionable place to live judging by the business on Fulton street in hhe phoro.


The Bluebirds are on a Fulton Street train heading into Sands street and then on to Park Row in Manhattan after having crossed the Brooklyn Bridge.The catenary structure next to the train is for the trolley power wire for cars that went through Sand Street and over the Brooklyn Bridge to Park Row. This photo is about the same location as the next photo but at later point in time. The track plan has been simplified some what.


In the Last Photo, I believe that is a train that has come from the fifth ave el. It might be a Culver or possibly a West End train operating to /From Park Row. There is a Fulton st train following . Looks like C Types in that train.I think this one might be from the1920's or so. The C Types would have been rather recent at this point.





Ok Crossing the river. The Erie railroad was one of the many lines having a New York Terminal on the New Jersey side of the Hudson. Here we have a shot of a pair of Erie commuter trains arriving at the old Pavonia ave terminal. The PA's are new but the Stillwells have been around for a while.



Folks going to New York City or Downtown Manhattan took the Erie Ferry from Pavonia Avenue to DeBrosses street. Here we see the Erie's Youngstown making the crossing.






The Central of New Jersey had a Ferry at Liberty Street which went accross the Hudson to their terminal in Jersey City. This is the CNJ's Elizabeth 1 over on the Jersey side. It is an older steam powered ferry. The CNJ replaced this boat later on with the Elizabeth II. They were like Cunard Line in this respect with two Elizabeths.





When traveling across the Hudson, it would be a common site to see RR carfloats crossing the river on the way to/from a freight terminal . Here we have a pair of PRR tugs and  a pair of floats .







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Ben Great Photo.


It tells a lot about the times. There are few women in the photo and they seem to be mostly unaccompanied . It must be late spring near summer as there are some straw hats among the derby's and top hats. Check out the policeman in front of the B&O office on the right.


Notice from the signage that you could send a telegram from this location. I think there may have been a post office here as well judging by what looks like a US Mail signage with the Baltimore and Ohio. Did the B&O ever operate passenger  trains to St George from New Jersey? Also on the left there seems to be a waiting room and ticketing for the Royal Blue line which probably was a coastal steamer line. I wonder where it went.


The ferry looks interesting. It seems to have an upper deck although the slip here does not have a movable bridge to allow passenger access . I am wondering if this was the ferry slips immediately west of the ferry terminal which was adjacent to the Elevated transit station for the 2nd ,3rd, 6th and 9th ave els.?


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Originally Posted by LIRR Steamer:



 Also on the left there seems to be a waiting room and ticketing for the Royal Blue line which probably was a coastal steamer line. I wonder where it went. if this was the ferry slips immediately west of the ferry terminal which was adjacent to the Elevated transit station for the 2nd ,3rd, 6th and 9th ave els.?

It seem the Royal Blue Line was the early B&O passenger service between NY & Washington.  An interesting read below.  According to this article a few east coast firsts.


Thanks Chris


Interesting about the Royal Blue Line being in fact the Baltimore and Ohio. So perhaps there was a ferry going over to the CNJ terminal from South Ferry around the turn of the century. I dont recall anything about B&O Passenger trains leaving from St George for the service to Washington, yet the company was selling tickets from this location in the photo.

I'm not sure that the picture is of St. George.  This link from Museum of the City of New York has this and 2 other pictures identified as being Whitehall Street.


Also, in looking around I found an NY Times article about a 1903 Royal Blue Lines crash.




I think we agree. I was thinking the photo was Whitehall street but with the B&O ticket office there , I was surmising that there was a ferry from this point at Whitehall to Jersey City where the trains arrived and departed. The SIRT in Staten Island was a B&O line but I don't think they ever had any long distance passenger trains from there.


I believe that just east of this slip were additional slips and these were in front of the Elevated station.

Originally Posted by bluelinec4:

Do you think this was the model for Lionels dual dump car?



I have long thought that those dump cars were the inspiration for Lionel's 3359. Also look at some other NYC subway work equipment. They had 3376 style hopper cars and 6112 style gons. Low end postwar junk can be a good source for subway work train cars.  Here's some linx to more pix:
Official NYCTA Diagram of R-3 Trailer Dump Cars. (Lionel "3359"):
Just paint over the "Lehigh Valley" and you're good to go:     

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