Spring 1948 visit to Coney Island Yards

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Spring 1948 visit to Coney Island Yards
Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8:39 AM

Weed control train, covered Brighton and Sea Beach plus Nortons Point trolley:

Newly arrived R10s to be setup to run under own power to 207th shops and yard via Ditmas connecting track to Church Avenue

Steel Stenways and "Words Fair (1939) IRT cars and then BMT Q-types, all from Flushing and Astoria lines in for overhaul

War-surplus diesel:

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Posted by seppburgh2 on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:56 PM

Thanks for sharing!

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, January 21, 2018 5:34 AM

Some proof that yes, indeed, the New York City Transit Authority did, at one time, provide common-carrier freight service.  The team track located near Coney Island Shops:

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, January 22, 2018 8:52 AM

It doesn't surprise me the Transit Authority provided some freight service where practicable.  Money is money after all.

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Posted by seppburgh2 on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 1:28 PM
Thanks for sharing the photo of # 8. A locomotive in its native setting!
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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 22, 2018 3:11 AM

Some Coney Island shop photos from the Autumn 1947 visit via the Willeta Point - C. I. non-revenue move, photos of that move on its own thead. Plus one from the 1948 visit.

The one-of-a-king experimental steel elevated car for Brooklyn United Rys., before the dual contracts.  At that time the four routes to Coney Island had surface operation with low platforms, so this car had steps and traps.  So did the wood and composite BMT open-platform el cars, but they were modified.

Here is the Shop Switcher

A D-type in for repair

A wood gate car with the gravity third-rail shoe visible.  Does CTA use a similar shoe today?

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Posted by rcdrye on Monday, October 22, 2018 6:51 AM

CTA still uses the gravity shoe.  There were some cars in the 6000 series that were equipped with the spring "paddle" shoe as delivered in the late 1950s, but CTA quickly reverted to the gravity shoe.

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Posted by M636C on Monday, October 22, 2018 7:05 AM

These were Whitcombs.

They were first used in North Africa where the standard USA profile cab was usable. It was realised that they would have to be used in Italy, and the cab was cut down to the profile illustrated, and further locomotives were built to the low clearances. Quite a few were taken over by the Italian State Railways, and eventually re-engined with Italian diesel engines.

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, October 22, 2018 11:31 AM

Peter, weren't the cabs on the Italian Whitcombs 'cut down' even more than this, with angled walls above the beltline almost matching the side angle of the hoods?  Much the same approach as the MRS-1s, if I remember right.

This is a 'short' cab (to fit the lower overhead); compare the type used in Syria.

Details of the various kinds of cab 'in context' can be seen here:

http://www.robertsarmory.com/whitcomb.htm

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:33 AM

A repurposed relic of the 19th Century.  Wonder if it still exists at Coney Island today!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:55 AM

David, I always appreciate your shots of old New York, after all it's the the city my mother grew up in and in a way still misses to this day.

I'm curious, have you seen the "Before and After" thread concerning the re-development of the old Hudson Yards area?  I'm interested in your thoughts on the same.  I'll bet we all are!  

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