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Posted by BroadwayLion on Saturday, October 6, 2012 6:51 AM

Dyckman Street on the Broadway Line. Platforms have been repaired, and the walls have been painted.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Friday, October 5, 2012 9:24 AM

45th Street and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn.

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Posted by John WR on Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:06 PM

Thank you, Lion.  The sign brings back memories.  When my kids were young I took them and a couple of their friends on a train (New Jersey Transit) and subway ride to the New York Aquarium at Coney Island.  We had hot dogs at Nathans.  We lived within walking distance from the station but my kid's friends had never been on either a train or a subway before.  They were amazed at the experience.  

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, October 4, 2012 2:40 PM

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Posted by John WR on Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:31 PM

Go over to Nathan's and have a hot dog while you're waiting to the train back to Manhattan.  

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:18 PM

All LIONS go to Coney Island

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, October 4, 2012 9:13 AM

Sheepshead Bay on the Brighton Line.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 8:38 AM

The Brighton Line, looking north.

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Posted by henry6 on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:52 AM

It is amazing to see the number of delays on the LIRR, MNRR, and especially the subways, for litter and debris on the tracks.

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Posted by John WR on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:20 AM

Lion,

Your post came in the nick of time.  I was just about to order my Amtrak ticket to North Dakota so I could ride the subway and see how it compares with New York's.  It disappoints me to know that I can't ride the subway in your cowboy state.  

Your comment about the trash in the subways reminds me of an earlier Boston experience.  For a few years I lived in Toronto and rode the Toronto subway but somehow there was always something about it that did not seem quite right.  It was just not the way a subway ought to be.  Then I went on a short visit home which is a suburb of Providence.  Changing trains in Boston's South Station I stopped for a hot dog and suddenly everything felt good again, just like what it was in the old days, but I couldn't put my finger on why.  Suddenly I figured it out.  South Station was absolutely filthy.  There was dirt everywhere, litter on the tracks and you could see an occasional rat.  To me that is what public transit had always been like.  In Toronto you could see people riding floor cleaning machines to wash the floors and there were even men with dust mops cleaning off the signs, for Pete's sake.  I was having culture shock because the Toronto subway was so clean.  

I don't know if your own model subway is as dirty as New York's.  I'll leave that decision to you.  

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 9:35 AM

Minot has no subway. Bismarck has no subway (unless you are looking for a sandwich), North Dakota cities are not foot friendly. You must drive a car, even if all you want to do is to cross the street.

LION has Subways in North Dakota, 14 scale miles, but unless you are 1:87th tall, you will not fit on board.

Mandan *does* have a trolley for tourists, it runs out on an old, otherwise abandoned line, to Fort Lincoln. But I have never ridden on it, or even seen it running.

Enough about cowboy states! Here is a photo from "THE" City, and it is along the Brighton Line in Brooklyn. I was interested in the power connections between the third rails. Others my find the trash more photogenic.

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Posted by John WR on Monday, October 1, 2012 7:14 PM

I just want to tell ya, Lion, I had no idea that North Dakota has a subway system like the one you've showed me.  All I know about your state is what I saw from the platform when the Empire Builder stopped in Minot.  It sure didn't look like a city with a subway.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Monday, October 1, 2012 10:15 AM

Howard Beach on the Rockaway Line:

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, September 30, 2012 6:07 PM

broadway Lion:   Thanks for clearing up the color rendition.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Sunday, September 30, 2012 3:45 PM

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Sunday, September 30, 2012 9:07 AM

Above photo: Lion is told that it was a Hall Switch machine in that tower, it was later replaced with a GRS machine.

Below: Art work graces the subway system:

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Saturday, September 29, 2012 9:07 AM

The last of the old US&S "Armstrong" towers protects the abandoned Myrtle Avenue El where it passed over the Broadway Line in Brooklyn. This short section of the el was left in place as it was a structural part of the existing Broadway line.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Friday, September 28, 2012 10:07 AM

The (L) Train stages out of the Rockaway Parkway terminal on the Canarsie Line.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:11 AM

The (Q) Train at Avenue H, north bound on the Brighton Line :

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 9:45 PM

24nd Street, The Times Square Shuttle (original mainline once upon a time)

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 5:24 PM

Broadway 242nd Street (1) Next and Last Stop:

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Posted by henry6 on Monday, September 24, 2012 12:11 PM

In planning my trip to there...it turns out the D trains are going to Coney Island on the N train route (Sea Beach Line) so we have to go to New Utrecht Ave for transfer to D train to 9th!   But if we have enough time, maybe go all the way to Stillwell Ave before going back on the D train.

Actually we are driving from Binghamton, NY to Port Jervis for NJT/MNRR 7:46AM to Secaucus Jct to NYP to LIRR's Jamaica...then the J train to Essex St., F train to 4th Ave and 9th St, R train to 36th St., whatever from there, back to Manhatten on the D train and either find a way to Pier 11 and the ferry or to PATH station to Hoboken and back to Port Jervis by either 6:13 or 6:54PM then drive back to Bingahmton.  All part of the fun of ridewithmehenry exucrsion fun!

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Monday, September 24, 2012 12:00 PM

Yes, the (D) train. LION is old enough to remember when there were no letters, thus him called it the "West End Line". The Lower Level was the old "Culver" line before it was cut and connected to the IND at Church.

The ramps up indeed do go to the yard, the second set of ramps were putatively for the Fifth Avenue El, there is some discussion if there ever were tracks on them. People seem to remember getting to the El via the yard tracks. It is just a station now, but once upon a time it was the hub of south Brooklyn.

On the lower level tracks as they fade out of the distance will turn right onto the Fourth Avenue Subway, but there is a connection that continues west to the waterfront, again it is unclear if it used to connect to the SBR or not, or if there are plans for such a connection now. The tracks west of Third Avenue are in very good condition, and looks like they are being maintained.

This photo is standing on 4th Avenue looking west:

This Photo was taken on Third Avenue looking East, a (D) train can be seen in the distance.

This Photo was taken from Second Avenue looking east:

From the same place looking west.

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Posted by henry6 on Monday, September 24, 2012 9:46 AM

With your clues, mapquest and google maps satellite pics, and some YouTube train rides I found...it is looking north (or west) from the 9th St Station on the D Line with the D line trains going straight under and the far ramps leading to 36th St. yard, the two lower tracks in the foreground coming from what appears to be a maintenance of way yard at 39th St..  Gonna try to get there this Friday if possible....

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, September 20, 2012 2:01 PM

I have no remembrance of where I took this one... It does not matter.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, September 20, 2012 1:59 PM

'tis no where near Stilwell, albeit in the same county.

Try 9th Avenue / 39th Street on the west end line. You are looking west, the ramps going up lead to the 36th Street Yard formerly the Fifth Avenue Line. Now service moves down and onto the 4th Avenue line.

I am standing on the upper level platforms, below me are the platforms that used to go to the Culver line, and more lately the Culver Shuttle, now also kaput. Lower level is used for yard moves, and the Garbage train accesses it's platforms from this level east of the station.

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Posted by henry6 on Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:15 AM

OK, this interlocking is most intriguing but I'm not recognizing it...I imagine it to be somehwere in Brooklyn near Stillwell Ave....please identify your pics when posting.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:00 AM

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 1:46 PM

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:30 PM

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