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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, September 27, 2021 3:04 AM

Also Smith St.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, August 30, 2021 5:43 AM

!066 is headed south only as far as 9th Street, thus the sign for the 9th street Carhouse, and not a Smiith-9th route sign, which is usual for the regular run, south from 9th Street on Prospect Park West (see earlier postings) to the regular terminal at Bartell-Pritched Square.

Note the sidewalk grills for the ventilation shafts for the subway (F and G currently).

The tracks in the forground are on Bergin Street, unused at the time of the photograph, with bus or TT service instead.  (1948)

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, July 25, 2021 3:25 AM

Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn:

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Posted by JEFFREY MARKER on Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:51 PM
The street is not that different, but where the tracks were there is now a two way bike lane along the curb, then a line of parked cars.
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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, July 4, 2021 2:02 AM

Henry Raudenbush supplied view of Park Row City Hall terminal of Brooklyn Bridge lines as served in 1947 by the McDonald-Vamderbit, Smitih-Coney Island av., and 7th Avenue PCC lines, and several lines using Peter Witts.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 4:07 AM

R7.  Can youpost a picture of 1001 as now retstored at Branford (Shore Line Trolley)?

If you have difficiulty posting, please email as an attachment to daveklepper@yaho.com, and TI'll post it.

I'm still a BERA member.

My favorite car is still 629.  Hope the original control system (restored) is still intact and has not been modified.

 

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Posted by R7 of 9 on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:38 PM

The color scheme was selected by a designer working with St. Louis Car Co.  The body color is a saturated green/red grey.  Pretty tough to match, but I was able to do it when restoring 1001 in 2005.  Found an untouched original patch of 1936 paint under the right hand stoplight.  Used my Pratt art education and my wife's MFA to do it.  I think we got a good match.  Difficulty added as many of the pigments used in the mid 30's you can't even get anymore.  But we were able to use a computer matching software to help figure it out and tweak things to look right in various lighting.  

 

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Posted by R7 of 9 on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:40 PM

1038 is shown on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, car is heading south.  It probably took the bridge over to the loop in Long Island City if they were covering all usable trackage in 1948.  Probably also took the loop tracks on Box St. and Commerical St. in Greenpoint as well. Not sure if the bypass tracks on Franklin St. closer to the waterfront were still operable at that time. The replacement for the Box St. carhouse is still on Commercial St. and was built in prep for the trolleybusses that started running on this street in 1948.  I note that the overhead is still single wire, so its before the trackless started running.  The church in the background is St. Anthony's RC at the intersection of Manhattan and Milton Sts..  My own church St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church is just out of the photo at left further down the block on Milton St.

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Posted by R7 of 9 on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:32 PM

Hi - B&QT 1000 is up in Kingston NY at the TMNY.  It is nearly 100% complete as far as the parts go.  I am heading up the project to get her aluminum skins cleaned and treated in prep for repainting into the BoT Green and Aluminum and the interior as well.  It will be in the configuration as it was in 1956, but being in much better shape.

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, January 3, 2021 1:35 PM

Park Row Terminal at the Manhattan end of the Brooklyn Bridge:

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7:14 AM

Here is another of 1038  on the Fairwell to Packiderm-Grey fantrip, again on the Grayham line:

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 12, 2020 9:25 AM

PCC 1011 in a McDonald-Vanderbilt trip from Coney Island to Park Row - City Hall enters Brooklyn Bridge, while a 6000-series Peter Witt on Putnam or Flushing Avenue is about to exit on the Brooklyn side:

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, October 1, 2020 4:28 AM

In addition to having to rewire when a pole jumps from the wire occasionally, one has to clean out switch points on fantrips using routings not used in regular service.  I think this photo is at West 8th St., Coney Island:

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:40 AM

Can any tell me what house-of-worship or building of other use belongs to that tower in the background, and is it still there 72-years later than the photo?

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, September 25, 2020 9:43 AM

McDonald Avenue, adjacent to Coney Island Shops:

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:59 AM

A photo that took a lot of repair work, but an Icon for Brooklyn PCC's.  Given that the background buildings are in Brooklym and where the shadows are pointing, this must be early morning, June 1947 or 1948.  !064 is signed Seventh Av. Park Row.

The tracks saw cable trains opening the bridge, then elevated gate csr trains, with the streetcars on tracks in the roadways, then after 1942, Lexington Avenue and Myrtle Avenue elevated trains cut back to Myrtle, Bridge, and Jay Streets, and streetcars moved from the roadways to the segregated tracks.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, August 31, 2020 8:52 AM

And the fsntrip did run into Manhattan at the end of Brooklyn Bridge, Park Ro

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, August 31, 2020 5:46 AM

Two more, the second on a regular PCC route, at the 9th Street Gawanus Canal Bridge:

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, August 27, 2020 1:43 AM

After most of the Brooklyln PCCs were repainted into green and silver, a fantrip was organized with one of the remaining grey and scarlet ones, but none of the remaining had missed suffering some body dents.  Photo stops were on lines that did not use PCCs.  I think the dents we removed with a general overhaul before repainting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, August 21, 2020 2:24 AM

Maybe, but the story I remember is that the color was chosen to least show dirt and grime.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, August 20, 2020 11:43 AM

OK, I can see the "Pachyderm Gray" a little better now.

"Pachyderm Gray."  That's an interesting color choice.  Was it chosen in remembrance of the tragic "Brooklyn Bridge Elephant Stampede" of 1929?  Whistling

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/staten-island-octopus-brooklyn-bridge-elephants-hoax-memorials  

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:45 AM

This may be much clser to the truth:

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:19 AM

daveklepper

Not Olive-Drab, 

Pachyderm-Grey

 

 

Really?  I never would have guessed, it sure doesn't look like it.

I suppose this is a good example of why we shouldn't rely overmuch on color photography to determine vintage paint schemes.  

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:40 AM

Not Olive-Drab, 

Pachyderm-Grey

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 9:32 PM

Must be the old military man in me, but I prefer the olive drab paint scheme.  Just looks more businesslike, you know?

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7:43 PM

A comparison of the original paint job, here the restoration at Shore Line Trolley and from the website, and the post-1948 scheme at the Coney Island Terminal:

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 1:49 AM

A Seventh Avenue car on Flatbush Avenue passing a Flatbush Avenue sinngle-end Peter Witt (6200-series) in 1947: 

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:26 AM

These rwo phoros were posted on the Trains Steam and Preservation Forum for 4573 preserved and frequently available for riding at the Shore Line Trolley Musum, but they also show PCC cars.  Both are at the Brooklyln Bridge terminql, Park Row, City Hall, Manhatetan:

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, June 13, 2020 3:05 PM

Two I lacked time to post on Friday, in the later NYCTS post WWII green-and-silver paint, on what still might be Brooklyn's most beautiful street, Prospect Park West, the 7th Avenue line:

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