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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 3:14 PM

Jeff Erlitz reports to me that both tracks are in and usable, and occasionally there is a passenger movement to and from Canarsie via thr Broadway Brooklyn Elevated and the Wiliamsburg Bridge.  This was the rush=hour route tat used these tracks durihng thr Classic Period.  The 14th Street - Lefferts rush hour "Multi" tra8ins used tracks now missing with the end of the elevated stucture on Pitkin Avenue, and the "A" running to Grant Avenue and Lefferts Avernue.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:49 AM

A really great website for all interested in BMT history, especially the rolling stock. including "New York's best subway car" (scrapped 1957):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiJYRQuEtJo 

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, September 20, 2021 4:13 AM

Most readers know about the large Coney Island Shop and Yard complex, but may wonder wher did Brooklyn rapid transit and streetcars get overhauls and repairs, before that shop was opened in 1927.

The 39th Street Shop was bult by the  South Brooklyn Railroad shortly before 1900, and was transferred to the  Brooklyn Rapid Transit in 1920.

In 1932 it was coverted to bw the shop for the BMT's bus subsidiary.

In 1952 it was replaced by the TA by the present massive East New York facility that serves buses from all boroughs.

The property was sold to a steel pipe company, that used the South Brooklyn freight business, and they sold the property to Costico, that uses it today.  Somebody local can inform us if they ever use their freight siding.

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:21 PM

If this material interests you, you might wish to visit the South Brooklyn thread  on the Trains Magazine  Forum.

Also, Eric Oszustowicz's The Elevated Railway's of Brooklyn and the BMT Subway, Vol. !, 1864-1940, 1st Edition, is now available from the Electric Railroaders Association and is every way comparable to the fine books published by the CERA.  Differences are that  Eric's book has far more reproductions of historic documents than the typical CERA book, and that the extremely complex history of the rapid-transit lines means a much more complex book organization.  Still, it is an organization that is useful and makes sense. Some photos included are woppers.   There  are a few errors, and a short list of corrections is promised.

Contact the ERA for pricw, shipping, etc.

The history of the South Brooklyn is included. 

I can provise price information if that won't be considered advertising.  I remain an ERA member  and a long time ago had two terms as President.

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