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The Brooklyn Manhattan Transit (BMT) has a history all its own. Originally known as the BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transit), they originally used numbers to designate their trains from 1 to 16. There was also an unofficial BMT #17 train linking the 14 st Canarsie line with the Fulton St el using the Atlantic Ave station on the train as the connection. The number system became a problem for the BMT because the IRT numbers were starting to overlap. For example, the Flushing line on the IRT was getting confused with the Franklyn Ave shuttle which had been called the #7 train from the 1930s until 1967. Eventually, as the IND company started recapturing BMT properties, the numbering system of the trains were gradually assimilated into the IND letter system. For example, the BMT #5 of yesterday became part of the train once the IND connected the Culver el along McDonald Ave with the Church Ave station.

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J THE BROOKLYN ELEVATED RAILROAD THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD IN 1885 SERVICE BEGAN AT DRIGGS AVE ALONG BROADWAY PAST MARCY TO THE FERRY 1885 THE BRT BROADWAY, FULTON, AND JAMAICA ELS TO LIRR ATLANTIC AVE LINE ALLOWED EL TRAINS TO GO TO THE ROCKAWAYS 1896 - 1916 RENAMED THE BROOKLYN UNION ELEVATED RAILROAD 1899 - 1900 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER JULY 1, 1900 (BRT) RENAMED LINE THE JAMAICA EL AND ELECTRIFIED ON JULY 1, 1900 SOME OCCASIONAL SERVICE TO 168ST PROVIDED BY A RAMP AT CYPRESS HILLS TO THE STREETCAR TRACKS 1903 EXTENDED OVER THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE TO ESSEX ST AND ON THE OTHER END TO CRESCENT ST 9/16/1908 ESSEX ST WAS ALSO AN UNDERGROUND TROLLY TERMINAL AS WELL IN 1908 CHAMBERS ST TERMINAL OPENED AUG 4, 1913 LINE WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO 168ST JAMAICA 1913 CHAMBERS ST TERMINAL USED TO HANDLE TRAINS COMING OFF THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE PRIOR TO THE SIXTH AVE SUBWAY 1913 - 1967 CHAMBERS STREET TERMINAL ALSO SERVED BRIEFLY AS THE LIRR ROUTE OUT TO THE ROCKAWAYS 1913 - 1916 PLANS WERE MADE TO CONNECT CHAMBERS STREET TERMINAL WITH AN EL SERVICE FROM THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE BUT NEVER MATERIALIZED A THIRD TRACK ADDED FOR EXPRESS SERVICE 1915 - 1916 ACCESS TO THE ROCKAWAYS LIRR BRANCH WAS PERMANENTLY SEVERED IN 1916 TRACES OF THIS LIRR CONNECTION CAN BE SEEN TODAY UNDER THE JAMAICA EL AS CROSSBEAMS ALONG FULTON ST IN EAST NEW YORK BROADWAY FERRY TERMINAL CLOSED IN 1917 EXTENDED TO 111ST MAY 28, 1917 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER NOV 1, 1918 LINE CONVERTED TO STEEL CAR (BMT STANDARD) OPERATIONS 1918 ELEVATED LINE EXTENDED TO 168ST ON JULY 3, 1918 THE (BRT) WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 JAMAICA EL RENAMED BMT #15 TRAIN IN 1924 BMT #15 TRAIN WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO 168st IN 1924 THERE WAS ALSO A BMT #14 TRAIN IN 1924 BMT #14 TRAIN WENT FROM CANAL TO ROCKAWAY PARKWAY 1924 THE 14ST SEGMENT OF LINE WAS CONNECTED TO CANARSIE LINE ON JULY 14, 1928 THIS SEGMENT OF TRACK EXTENDED THE BMT #16 TRAIN 1928 WHEN 14ST SEGMENT CONNECTED, BMT #14 TRAIN WAS RENAMED THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN 1928 THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN BMT #14 TRAIN WAS DIMINISHED WHEN 14ST SEGMENT CONNECTED TO CANARSIE LINE IN 1928 MANHATTAN END OF LINE EXTENDED TO BROAD ST 5/30/1931 TROLLY SERVICE PHASED OUT FROM ESSEX ST STATION DEC 1948 THE BMT #14 TRAIN WAS KNOWN AS THE BROADWAY SHORTLINE IN 1948 SATURDAY EXPRESS SERVICE ENDED 12/1/1951 THE JAMAICA EXPRESS BMT #15 TRAIN WENT FROM CANAL TO 168ST 1959 THE JAMAICA LOCAL BMT #15 TRAIN WENT FROM BROAD TO 168st 1959 BMT #14 TRAIN WAS KNOWN AS THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN LOCAL IN 1959 SKIP STOP SERVICE BEGINS FROM EASTERN PARKWAY TO JAMAICA WITH THE BMT #14 TRAIN ON 6/18/1959 BMT #15 TRAIN RENAMED J TRAIN IN 1960 THE J WENT FROM BROAD TO 168st 1960 - 1967 THE CHRYSTIE ST CONNECTON ALLOWED IND TRAINS TO RIDE ON BMT TRACKS ON NOV 26, 1967 AFTER THIS OCCURRED, CHAMBERS STREET TERMINAL WAS NO LONGER CONNECTED WITH THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE 11/27/1967 J TRAIN RENAMED QJ TRAIN AND THROUGH ROUTED OVER THE BRIGHTEN LINE TO CONEY ISLAND ON 11/27/1967 THE QJ WENT FROM 168ST TO STILLWELL AVE 1967 - 1972 BMT #14 TRAIN PHASED OUT DUE TO SEVERED TRACK CONNECTIONS AT ATLANTIC AVE BETWEEN THE JAMAICA EL AND CANARSIE LINE 11/27/1967 THE JJ SERVICE BECAME THE LOCAL SKIP STOP SERVICE ALONG THE JAMAICA EL 11/27/1967 THE JJ WENT FROM CANAL TO 168ST OR CRESCENT 11/27/67 RJ SERVICE WAS ADDED 1967 - 1968 RJ WENT FROM 95th STREET BAY RIDGE TO 168st IN 1967 THE RJ DISCONTINUED 6/28/1968 THE LOCAL JJ SERVICE WAS DISCONTINUED 6/30/1968 THE KK SERVICE WAS IMPLEMENTED EXTENDING THE JAMAICA EL WITH THE SIXTH AVE SUBWAY ON JULY 1, 1968 KK WENT FROM 57ST/SIXTH AVE TO 168st 1968 - 1973 QJ WAS CUT BACK TO BROAD ST AND RENAMED J ONCE AGAIN 12/30/1972 J WENT FROM BROAD TO 168st 12/30/72 KK RENAMED K 1/2/1973 K WENT FROM 57ST TO BROADWAY JUNCTION 1973 JAMAICA EL DISCONTINUED NORTH OF QUEENS BLVD 6/14/1974 K DISCONTINUED 8/27/1976 BECAUSE OF TA's FINANCIAL TROUBLES JAMAICA EL CLOSED FROM QUEENS BLVD TO 168st 10/10/1977 THE J WENT FROM BROAD TO 121st 1977 TO 1988 PRESENT DAY J TRAINS EXTENDED TO THE NEW ARCHER AVE LINE 12/10/88 J WENT FROM JAMAICA CENTER TO BROAD 12/10/88 Z TRAIN SKIP STOP SERVICE WITH THE J TRAIN WAS IMPLEMENTED 12/12/1988 THEY COULDN'T USE THE LETTER K BECAUSE THE AA TRAIN WAS RENAMED THE K THREE YEARS EARLIER Z WENT FROM BROAD TO JAMAICA CENTER 12/12/88 WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE CLOSED FOR TOTAL REBUILDING ON 4/30/99 J WAS CUTBACK TO EASTERN PARKWAY DURING WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE CLOSING ON MAY 1, 1999 WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE RESTORED 9/1/1999 THE STATIONS CANAL ST, CITY HALL, CORTLANDT, RECTOR, AND WHITEHALL WERE OFF LIMITS FOR THE N AND R TRAINS AFTER THE WTC ATTACKS ON 9/11/01 BECAUSE THE N AND R COULDN'T TRAVEL TO THOSE FIVE STATIONS, THE J ASSUMED CONTROL OF THE R ROUTE FROM ARCHER AVE TO 95ST BROOKLYN ALONG THE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY ROUTE 9/11/01 IN ADDITION, THE Z TRAIN WAS CLOSED ON 9/11/01 THE J AND Z WENT BACK TO THEIR NORMAL SERVICE PATTERNS 47 DAYS LATER FROM JAMAICA CENTER TO BROAD WHEN THE R AND N WERE RESTORED 10/28/01 ALABAMA AVE CLOSED FOR MODERNIZATION UNTIL DEC 2005 CHAMBERS STREET STATION HAS DEFERRED MAINTAINANCE FOR SEVERAL DECADES SINCE THE J AND Z DON'T SERVE MANHATTAN PRIMARILY
LL THE BROOKLYN AND ROCKAWAY BEACH RAILROAD THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD OCT 21, 1865 SERVICE BEGAN FROM EAST NEW YORK TO CANARSIE LANDING ON OCT 21, 1865 IT RAN DOWN VAN SINDEREN AVE TO LINDEN BLVD THEN THRU A PRIVATE RIGHT OF WAY TO ROCKAWAY PARKWAY BETWEEN E93ST AND E94ST TO CANARSIE LANDING IT WAS DOUBLE TRACKED IN 1865 THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL SERVICE TO CANARSIE BEFORE THE 14ST SEGMENT WAS BUILT THE BRT BROADWAY, FULTON, AND JAMAICA ELS TO LIRR ATLANTIC AVE LINE ALLOWED EL TRAINS TO GO TO THE ROCKAWAYS 1896 - 1916 THE CANARSIE RAILROAD COMPANY LEASED TO THE BROOKLYN UNION ELEVATED COMPANY BY THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) MAY 1906 LINE WAS ELEVATED FROM EAST NEW YORK TO NEW LOTS AVE AND RELOCATED PART OF LINE ADJACENT TO LIRR BRANCH 1906 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT TOOK OVER (BRT) JULY 28, 1906 (BRT) RENAMED THE CANARSIE LINE AND ELECTRIFIED JULY 28, 1906 IT RAN FROM BROADWAY FERRY TO CANARSIE SHORE IN 1906 IT OPENED FOR BRT SERVICE AS ANOTHER SERVICE FROM ROCKAWAY PARKWAY TO WILLIAMSBURG VIA THE BROADWAY EL WEST OF ATLANTIC AVE 1906 LINE EXTENDED OVER WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE TO CANAL ST 8/14/1913 CANARSIE LINE CUTBACK TO ROCKAWAY PKWAY 10/17/1913 AT ROCKAWAY PARKWAY, THERE WAS A TRANSFER TO STREETCARS THE REST OF THE WAY TO CANARSIE VIA THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN LINE (J, Z) AND CANARSIE LINE (L) SURFACE TRACKS TO CANARSIE SHORE BECAME A STREET CAR LINE, LATER THE B42 BUS 10/17/1913 ACCESS TO THE ROCKAWAYS LIRR BRANCH WAS PERMANENTLY SEVERED IN 1916 ATLANTIC AVE STATION REBUILT UNDER THE DUAL CONTRACTS PART OF SUBWAY DEVELOPMENT IN 1916 BROADWAY FERRY TERMINAL CLOSED IN 1917 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER NOV 1, 1918 RUSH HOUR BROADWAY SHORTLINE SERVICE WENT FROM EASTERN PARKWAY TO ESSEX 1920s LOCALS RAN FROM ATLANTIC OR EASTERN PARKWAY TO ESSEX DURING THE 1920s THE (BRT) REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 THE 14ST SEGMENT WAS BUILT FROM SIXTH AVE TO MONTROSE JUNE 30, 1924 THIS SECTION OF TRACK WAS KNOWN AS THE 14st EASTERN DISTRICT 1924 EASTERN DISTRICT LINE KNOWN AS THE BMT #16 TRAIN IN 1924 BROADWAY SHORTLINE RENAMED BMT #14 TRAIN 1924 - 1967 BMT #14 TRAIN WENT FROM CANAL TO ROCKAWAY PKWAY 1924 UNTIL 1967 THE 14ST SEGMENT OF LINE WAS CONNECTED TO CANARSIE LINE ON JULY 14, 1928 THIS SEGMENT OF TRACK EXTENDED THE BMT #16 TRAIN 1928 BMT #16 TRAIN WENT FROM 14ST/SIXTH AVE TO ROCKAWAY PKWAY 1928 WHEN 14ST SEGMENT CONNECTED, BMT #14 TRAIN WAS RENAMED THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN 1928 THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN BMT #14 TRAIN WAS DIMINISHED WHEN 14ST SEGMENT CONNECTED TO CANARSIE LINE IN 1928 14ST/8TH AVE TERMINAL OPENED ON 5/30/1931 BMT #16 TRAIN WENT FROM 14ST/8TH AVE TO ROCKAWAY PKWAY 1931 BMT #16 TRAIN EXPRESS WENT NONSTOP TO LORIMER-MYRTLE/WYKOFF AND LOCALS RAN 14ST/8TH TO MYRTLE OR ATLANTIC 5/30/1931 THE 14ST FULTON WAS UNOFFICIALLY KNOWN AS THE BMT #17 TRAIN 9/23/1936 BMT #17 TRAIN EXPRESS RAN FROM 14ST/8TH AVE TO LEFFERTS VIA CONNECTION WITH FULTON ST EL AT ATLANTIC AVE BEGAN 9/23/1936 THE BMT #14 TRAIN WAS RENAMED THE BROADWAY SHORTLINE IN 1948 THE SATURDAY SERVICE ENDED ON 12/1/1951 SOME TRAINS RAN TO CRESCENT ON THE JAMAICA LINE 8/26/1956 BMT #17 TRAIN TO LEFFERTS VIA ATLANTIC AVE SEVERED FROM CANARSIE LINE 4/30/1956 THE BMT #14 TRAIN WAS KNOWN AS THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN LOCAL IN 1959 SKIP STOP SERVICE WAS REDUCED TO A FEW PUT IN AND OUTS 6/18/59 BMT #14 TRAIN PHASED OUT DUE TO SEVERED CONNECTIONS AT ATLANTIC AVE BETWEEN THE JAMAICA EL AND CANARSIE LINE 11/27/1967 BMT #16 TRAIN RENAMED LL TRAIN 1967 LL WENT FROM 14ST/8TH TO ROCKAWAY PARKWAY 1967 THE LL TRAIN BECAME THE SOLE SERVICE FOR THE CANARSIE LINE 1967 LL TRAIN RENAMED L TRAIN 5/5/86
L THE CANARSIE LINE LL RENAMED L 5/5/1986 L WENT FROM 14ST/8TH AVE TO ROCKAWAY PARKWAY 1986 - PRESENT ATLANTIC AVE BEING TORN DOWN FOR A MORE SIMPLISTIC EL IN 2001 REMNANTS OF THE FULTON ST EL ARE BEING USED AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS IN 2003 IT NOW CONNECTS WITH THE CANARSIE LINE FOR THE L TRAIN 2003 - PRESENT THE REMAINS OF THE FULTON ST CONNECTION SOUTH OF ATLANTIC AVE WAS DEMOLISHED 2004
M THE MYRTLE CHAMBERS WEST END EL SERVICE BEGAN FROM METROPOLITAN TO PARK ROW AS A STEAM RAILROAD 4/10/1888 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER AND ELECTRIFIED LINE ON 7/1/1900 THE SURFACE ROUTE WAS TRANSFERRED TO TROLLEY SERVICES WHEN THE MYRTLE LINE WAS ELEVATED IN 1913 THE SURFACE ROUTE TROLLEY SERVICE LASTED FROM 1913 - 1940s TRAINS RAN FROM METROPOLITAN TO CHAMBERS AND CALLED THE MYRTLE/CHAMBERS SUBWAY 7/29/1914 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER 11/1/1918 THE (BRT) REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 THE MYRTLE AVE EL NAMED THE BMT #11 TRAIN 1924 BMT #11 TRAIN WENT FROM SANDS TO METROPOLITAN 1924 - 1944 THE MYRTLE AVE EL CONNECTED TO THE NASSAU LOOP 5/30/1931 MYRTLE/CHAMBERS SUBWAY WAS NAMED THE BMT #10 TRAIN 5/30/1931 BMT #10 TRAIN WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO METROPOLITAN 1931 - 1967 BMT #11 TRAIN WENT FROM SANDS TO METROPOLITAN 1931 - 1944 THE LETTER M WAS USED FOR RUSH HOUR NASSAU ST SPECIALS FROM THE BRIGHTON LINE 1934 A SOUTHERN DIVISION M SPECIAL ALSO RAN FROM 95st TO CHAMBERS VIA A NOW SEVERED CONNECTION WITH THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE 1934 THE BMT #11 TRAIN DISCONTINUED SERVICE TO PARK ROW AND WENT FROM JAY ST TO METROPOLITAN 1944 THE TROLLY SERVICE UNDER THE MYRTLE AVE EL ENDED IN THE 1940s TROLLY SERVICE PHASED OUT FROM ESSEX ST STATION DEC 1948 THE NASSAU ST AND SOUTHERN DIVISION SPECIALS PHASED OUT 1962 BMT #10 TRAIN WAS RENAMED M TRAIN ON 11/27/1967 M WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO METROPOLITAN 1967 - 1968 BMT #11 TRAIN WAS RENAMED MJ TRAIN ON 11/27/1967 MJ WENT FROM BRIDGE/JAY ST TO METROPOLITAN 1967 - 1969 M WENT FROM BROAD TO METROPOLITAN 7/1/1968 - 1/2/1973 THE MJ SERVICE ENDED AND OFF HOUR SHUTTLE SERVICE TO MYRTLE BEGAN ON 10/3/1969 M TRAIN BRIDGES MYRTLE AVE EL WITH BRIGHTON LINE 1/2/1973 M WENT FROM STILLWELL TO METROPOLITAN 1/2/1973 - 4/26/1986 M TRAIN TAKEN FROM BRIGHTON LINE AND WENT FROM 95st BAY RIDGE TO METROPOLITAN 4/26/1986 - 1987 M TRAIN ROUTE TAKEN AWAY FROM BAY RIDGE AND PUT ON THE WEST END LINE 1987 - PRESENT M TRAIN BECAME LOCAL ON 4TH AVE TO ALLOW N TRAIN TO GO EXPRESS 1994 MIDDAY SERVICE TO 9TH AVE DISCONTINUED APRIL 1995 THE FIRST M WENT FROM BAY PARKWAY TO CHAMBERS, THE SECOND M WENT FROM METROPOLITAN TO MARCEY 4/30/1999 THE STATIONS CANAL ST, CITY HALL, CORTLANDT, RECTOR, AND WHITEHALL WERE OFF LIMITS AFTER THE WTC ATTACKS FOR THE N AND R TRAINS ON 9/11/01 THE M TRAIN ASSUMED CONTROL OF THE N ROUTE FROM METROPOLITAN TO STILLWELL VIA THE SEA BEACH LINE 9/11/01 THE M WENT BACK TO NORMAL SERVICES 47 DAYS LATER FROM JAMAICA CENTER TO BROAD WHEN THE N AND R WERE RESTORED 10/28/01 - PRESENT THE TROLLY TRACKS ARE STILL VISIBLE ON WOODBINE ST BETWEEN ONDERDUNK AND WOODWARD AVE IN BROOKLYN 1888 - PRESENT IT SHADOWS MYRTLE AVE AND PALMETTO ST BUT DETOURS BETWEEN STREETS UNTIL DESCENDING TO GRADE LEVEL TERMINATING AT METROPOLITAN AVE 1888 - PRESENT M TRAIN MOVED AWAY FROM WEST END LINE 6/25/2010 THE M TRAIN MERGED WITH THE V LINE IN 6/25/2010 M NOW SERVES SIXTH AVE AND QUEENS BLVD SUBWAYS 6/25/2010 IT'S NOW KNOWN AS AN EXTENDED M TRAIN AND THE V IS PHASED OUT THE M IS ORANGE AS OF JUNE 25, 2010 TO SHOW ITS PART OF THE SIXTH AVE SUBWAY AND QUEENS BLVD LINE
N THE NEW YORK AND SEA BEACH RAILROAD THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD JULY 18, 1877 SERVICE BEGAN FROM THE 64ST PIER TO BATH JUNCTION ON JUL 18, 1877 IT REACHED SEA BEACH PALACE HOTEL AND TERMINATED AT SEA BEACH DEPOT IN 1879 THE NY&SB WENT BANKRUPT BEING JUST A SEASONAL RAILROAD FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBER IN 1881 IT WAS REORGANIZED INTO THE NEW YORK AND SEA BEACH RAILWAY IN 1883 THE SEASON WAS GOOD THAT YEAR AND THEY RAN UNTIL OCTOBER 22, 1883 SEA BEACH DEPOT WAS LOCATED BETWEEN W 8 ST AND W 11 ST NEAR THE WORLD'S FIRST ROLLERCOASTER CALLED THE SWITCHBACK 1884 THE SEASON RESUMED APRIL 11 AND THEY STARTED RUNNING YEAR ROUND IN 1884 THE ENTIRE LINE WAS DOUBLE TRACKED THRU MOSTLY UNPOPULATED GRAVESEND AND BENSONHURST IN 1885 THE NY&SB LEASED ANOTHER LINE CALLED THE SEA BEACH AND BRIGHTON RAILROAD FROM 86ST AND AVE W ALONG TODAY'S BOYNTON PLACE TO BRIGHTON BEACH IN 1886 TRAINS NEVER RAN ON THIS MINOR BRANCH BECAUSE OF QUESTIONABLE BRIDGE CONDITIONS FROM THE START 1886 RAILS WERE RIPPED UP BUT USED AS SPARE PARTS FOR THE NEW YORK AND SEA BEACH RAILWAY IN 1886 PORTIONS OF THIS MINOR RAILROAD BETWEEN McDONALD AVE AND BRIGHTON BEACH BECAME THE EXPERIMENTAL BOYNTON BICYCLE RAILROAD 1886 THE BOYNTON BICLYCLE RAILWAY WAS A VERY EARLY MONORAIL SYSTEM SHUNNED BY THE PUBLIC IN THOSE YEARS 1886 LESS THAN 100 YEARS LATER, THIS TECHNOLOGY WAS USED IN DISNEY WORLD AND FOR THE NEW JFK MONORAIL TO KENNEDY AIRPORT THE NY&SB OPENED A LINE INTO THE BROOKLYN JOCKEY CLUB RACETRACK FROM KINGS HWY TO AVE S IN 1889 THIS SPUR OF TRACK WASN'T SUCCESSFUL AND CLOSED THE SAME YEAR 1889 RENAMED THE SEA BEACH RAILWAY COMPANY 1896 TO 1900 THE SEA BEACH RAILWAY WAS LEASED TO THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS RAILROAD COMPANY (THIRD AVE EL) IN 1897 THE SEA BEACH RAILWAY WAS ELECTRIFIED WITH TROLLY WIRE IN 1897 IT CONNECTED TO 3RD AVE AND 65ST WITH THE THIRD AVE EL 1897 - 1898 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER LINE 1900 RENAMED THE SEA BEACH LINE IN 1900 IT WENT FROM SEA BEACH DEPOT TO PARK ROW, MANHATTAN IN 1903 SEA BEACH TRAINS STARTED TERMINATING AT WEST END DEPOT IN 1910 THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE 3 CENT TROLLY LINE RAN A SERVICE TEMPORARILY UNTIL THE (BRT) CONNECTED ITS TRACKS TO THE BRIDGE 1912 SEA BEACH LINE SEVERED FROM THIRD AVE EL 1913 THE OLD SURFACE SEA BEACH RAILROAD TRACKS WERE DISMANTLED 1913 THE JUNCTION WITH THE WEST END LINE WAS BROKEN AT BATH JUNCTION SO TODAY'S SEA BEACH LINE COULD PASS UNDERNEATH IN 1913 THE PRESENT DAY SEA BEACH LINE WAS REBUILT IN BROOKLYN 1913 TO 1915 THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE 3 CENT TROLLY MOVED TO THE UPPER ROADWAY ON THE BRIDGE IN 1915 SEA BEACH LINE CONNECTED WITH FOURTH AVE SUBWAY TO CHAMBERS 8/23/1915 ASTORIA EL SERVED SECOND AVE EL 7/23/1917 - 6/13/1942 SEA BEACH EXTENDED TO UNION SQUARE ON 4/14/1918 EXTENDED TO TIMES SQUARE ON 4/14/1918 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER ON 11/1/1918 SEA BEACH TRAINS BEGAN GOING TO THE STILLWELL AVE TERMINAL ON 6/13/1919 EXTENDED TO 57th STREET 6/19/1919 60ST TUNNEL WAS BUILT TO LINK THE BMT WITH QUEENSBORO PLAZA 8/1/1920 THE (BRT) REORGANIZED AND BECAME THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 SEA BEACH LINE RENAMED BMT #4 TRAIN IN 1924 BMT #4 TRAIN WENT FROM TIMES SQUARE TO STILLWELL 1924 ASTORIA EL BMT #8 WENT FROM QUEENSBORO PLAZA TO DITMARS 1924 - 10/17/1949 SEA BEACH LINE WAS UNIFIED INTO NYC TRANSIT SYSTEM 6/1/1940 BMT #4 EXTENDED FROM QUEENSBORO PLAZA TO DITMARS PHASING OUT BMT #8 ON 10/17/1949 BMT #4 TRAIN RENAMED N TRAIN 4/1961 A SMALL CONNECTION BETWEEN THE 60TH STREET TUNNEL AND QUEENS BLVD LINE OPENED 12/1/1955 N TRAIN BRIDGES SEA BEACH LINE WITH IND QUEENS BLVD LINE FROM 71ST CONTINENTAL TO STILLWELL 8/27/1976 BECAME PERMANENT LOCAL VIA MONTAGUE TUNNEL DUE TO MANHATTAN BRIDGE REROUTE 4/26/1986 WEST END AND BRIGHTON SERVICE MOVED TO BROADWAY SIDE OF BRIDGE 4/26/1986 N TRAIN TAKEN FROM QUEENS BLVD LINE AND PUT ON ASTORIA EL MAY 1987 N WENT FROM DITMARS TO STILLWELL 1987 FULL SERVICE ON MANHATTAN BRIDGE BRIEFLY RESTORED 1990 MANHATTAN BRIDGE OUT OF SERVICE AGAIN DUE TO A CRACKED BEAM 1990 N TRAIN CAME BACK TO STILLWELL AVE 1996 THE STATIONS CANAL ST, CITY HALL, CORTLANDT, RECTOR, AND WHITEHALL WERE OFF LIMITS AFTER THE WTC ATTACKS ON 9/11/01 BECAUSE N AND R COULDN'T TRAVEL TO THOSE FIVE STATIONS, THE M TRAIN ASSUMED CONTROL OF THE N ROUTE FROM METROPOLITAN TO STILLWELL VIA THE SEA BEACH LINE 9/11/01 N TRAIN RETURNED TO NORMAL SERVICES FROM DITMARS TO STILLWELL AFTER 47 DAYS ON 10/28/01 THE SUBSTITUTE M SERVICE WENT BACK TO NORMAL FROM METROPOLITAN TO BAY PARKWAY WHEN THE N CAME BACK ON 10/28/01 - PRESENT N TRAIN ENDS AT 86 ST ONCE AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE STILLWELL, WEST 8 ST, NEPTUNE, AND OCEAN PARKWAY RESTORATIONS 11/5/01 N TRAIN PLATFORM IS GONE FROM STILLWELL AVE EARLY 2002 CORTLANDT WAS RE-OPENED ALMOST A YEAR LATER FOR THE N, R, AND W TRAINS ON 9/15/02 THE SEA BEACH LINE IN BROOKLYN TURNED 90 YEARS OLD IN 2004 IT NEEDS MORE T.L.C. AND A FACELIFT SIMILAR TO THE FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE ALL FOUR TRACKS ON THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE BACK IN SERVICE ON 2/22/04 N TRAIN RETURNED TO STILLWELL AVE 5/29/2005 CORTLANDT CLOSED ONCE AGAIN FOR CONSTRUCTION 8/20/2005 CORTLANDT (northbound platform) RE-OPENED FOR N,R,W TRAINS 11/25/2009 - PRESENT CORTLANDT (southbound platform) RE-OPENED FOR N,R,W TRAINS 9/6/2011 - PRESENT SEA BEACH LINE FROM 8TH AVE TO 86TH BEGAN FULL RESTORATIONS 6/2015 - 2019
Q CONEY ISLAND ELEVATED RAILROAD OPENED 1881 WAS THE FIRST STEAM ELEVATED LINE IN NYC RE-ORGANIZED AS THE SEA VIEW RAILROAD 1886 EL WAS PURCHASED BY THE BRT AND ELECTRIFIED 1897 EL WAS TORN DOWN AND BRIGHTON BEACH LINE WAS EXTENDED AS A SURFACE ROUTE TO CULVER TERMINAL IN 1900 CURRENT ELEVATED LINE OF BRIGHTON WAS BUILT 1919 - PRESENT
QB THE BROOKLYN, FLATBUSH, AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD 7/2/1878 SERVICE WENT FROM FLATBUSH AND OCEAN AVES TO BRIGHTON BEACH HOTEL 7/2/1878 PLANS WERE MADE TO EXTEND THE LINE TO FLATBUSH AND ATLANTIC AVES TO INTERSECT THE LIRR IN 1878 THE LIRR ALLOWED THE BF&CI TO END AT ITS TERMINAL BUT THE RELATIONSHIP WASN'T LONG LASTING 8/19/1878 TWO YEARS EARLIER, AUSTIN CORBIN BUILT THE NEW YORK AND MANHATTAN BEACH RAILROAD STARTED RUNNING TRAINS TO MANHATTAN BEACH HOTEL THE TRACKS WERE ALONG TODAY'S EAST 17 ST FROM AVE H TO SHEEPSHEAD BAY AUSTIN TOOK CONTROL OF THE LIRR IN 1880 THROUGH A SERIES OF MERGERS, THE LIRR OWNED THE NEW YORK AND MANHATTAN BEACH RAILROAD WHICH WAS COMPETITIVE TO THE BRIGHTEN LINE IN 1882 THE MANHATTAN BEACH LINE WAS A YEAR ROUND OPERATION WHILE THE BRIGHTON WAS SEASONAL 1882 THE LIRR TERMINATED THE AGREEMENT WITH THE BF&CI AND NO LONGER ENDED AT FLATBUSH AND ATLANTIC AVES DECEMBER 1883 THE BF&CI NOW TERMINATED AT BEDFORD TERMINAL AT FRANKLYN AND ATLANTIC AVES IN 1883 THE BF&CI WENT INTO BANKRUPTCY WITHOUT THE PROFITS GENERATED FROM THE LIRR CONNECTION 1883 THE BF&CI WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN AND BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD 1887 THE B&BB MADE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE KINGS COUNTY ELEVATED COMPANY TO ROUTE ITS TRAINS TO DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN USING THE FULTON ST EL 1894 THE LIRR SAW THIS AS A THREAT AND TRIED TO AVOID THIS CONNECTION FROM HAPPENING IN 1894 LIGHTWEIGHT ELEVATED STRUCTURE INCLINE WAS BUILT INCLUDING DEAN ST STATION TO ALLOW FULTON ST EL SERVICE TO BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD 1894 TO 1896 THE BROOKLYN AND BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD CONNECTED WITH FULTON ST EL 8/15/1896 THE BRIGHTON LINE WAS ELECTRIFIED USING TROLLY WIRE IN 1896 TROLLY WIRE WENT FROM FULTON ST AND FRANKLYN TO NEWKIRK AVE IN 1896 LATER THE TROLLY WIRE EXTENDED FROM NEWKIRK TO BRIGHTON BEACH IN 1899 THE NEW YORK AND MANHATTAN BEACH RAILROAD GOT COMPETITIVE AND CONNECTED TO THE FIFTH AVE EL AT 36ST AND 5TH AVE IN 1896 LATER THE TROLLY WIRE EXTENDED FROM NEWKIRK TO BRIGHTON BEACH IN 1899 NASSAU ELECTRIC COMPANY TOOK OVER 1899 ELECTRIFICATION ENABLED STREETCAR COMPANIES ABSORBED BY THE (BRT) TO USE THE BRIGHTON LINE TO RUN TROLLIES TO CONEY ISLAND IN 1900 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER THE LINE ON 7/1/1900 THE BRIGHTON WENT FROM PARK ROW TO BRIGHTON BEACH HOTEL 7/9/1900 A RAMP WAS BUILT AT PROSPECT PARK TO ALLOW TROLLIES THIS CONNECTION FROM 1900 - 1905 THE BRIGHTON WENT FROM PARK ROW TO BRIGHTON BEACH HOTEL JULY 9, 1900 AS PART OF THE (BRT) OWNERSHIP, THE LIRR MANHATTAN BEACH BRANCH RECEIVED CONNECTING SERVICE AT SHEEPSHEAD BAY FROM THE BRIGHTON LINE 1905 THIS RESULTED IN A SIX TRACK EMBANKMENT SPUR ON THE CURRENT BRIGHTON LINE FROM AVE J TO AV X IN 1905 A STRONGER EMBANKMENT WAS BUILT BETWEEN THE FULTON ST EL AND BRIGHTON LINE IN 1907 THE MANHATTAN BEACH HOTEL WAS DEMOLISHED 1907 BRIGHTON BEACH RACE TRACKS CLOSED 1908 SHEEPSHEAD BAY RACE TRACKS CLOSED 1910 THE ORIENTAL HOTEL CLOSED 1916 THE SECTION FROM SHEEPSHEAD BAY AND OCEAN PARKWAY OPENED 4/22/17 IT EXTENDED TO W 8 ST 5/19/1919 ASTORIA EL SERVED SECOND AVE EL 7/23/1917 - 6/13/1942 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER ON 11/1/1918 A MAJOR UPGRADE WAS BUILT FOR THE BRIGHTON LINE FROM FRANKLYN TO SHEEPSHEAD BAY IN 1918 IT RAN IN AN OPEN CUT FROM PROSPECT PARK TO NEWKIRK AND THEN RAMPED TO AN EARTH EMBANKMENT TO SHEEPSHEAD BAY 1918 THE BRIGHTON LINE STARTED GOING TO STILLWELL AVE TERMINAL 5/29/1919 THE REMAINING SURFACE ROUTE OF BRIGHTON LINE WAS ELEVATED 1919 THE SECTION BETWEEN PROSPECT PARK AND CHURCH AVE WAS INCREASED TO FOUR TRACKS 9/26/1919 BRIGHTON LINE CUT OFF CONNECTION WITH FULTON ST EL AND REMNANT BECAME FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE 1920 BRIGHTON LINE CONNECTED WITH FOURTH AVE SUBWAY 8/1/1920 THE (BRT) REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 THE MANHATTAN BEACH RAILROAD CONNECTION TO THE BRIGHTON LINE CEASED OPERATIONS 5/14/1924 ASTORIA EL BMT #8 WENT FROM QUEENSBORO PLAZA TO DITMARS 1924 - 10/17/1949 FROM AVE J TO AVE X, YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE MANHATTAN RAILROAD TRACKS USED TO BE ALONG TODAY'S BRIGHTON LINE SINCE 1924 BMT #1a TRAIN WENT FROM LEXINGTON AVE TO STILLWELL VIA BRIGHTON 1927 - 1949 AM RUSH HOUR SPECIALS BEGAN TO CHAMBERS VIA THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE 1930s FREIGHT CONTINUED ON THE MANHATTAN BEACH SECTION OF TRACKS SINCE 1900 UNTIL IT WAS TORN UP TO BECOME EAST 17 STREET AFTER 1937 THE D TRAIN OPENED FROM 205TH ST TO HUDSON TERMINAL (WTC) 12/15/1940 THE D WENT FROM 205TH ST TO CHURCH AVE 1940 - 1954 BRIGHTON LINE SERVICE BECAME KNOWN AS THE RENAMED BMT #1b TRAIN 1948 - 1959 BMT #1b TRAIN WENT FROM 57TH/7TH TO STILLWELL 1948 - 1959 BMT #1a RENAMED BMT #1 TRAIN FROM QUEENSBORO PLAZA TO STILLWELL VIA BRIGHTON 1949 BMT #1 TRAIN, QT, AND RR WERE THRU ROUTED TO THE ASTORIA EL PHASING OUT BMT #8 TRAIN TO DITMARS 10/17/1949 PM NASSAU ST SPECIALS INAUGURATED WEEKDAYS ON 6/29/1950 SATURDAY NASSAU SPECIALS END 6/21/1952 ALL BMT #1b EXPRESSES WENT FROM 57ST/7TH TO STILLWELL ON 6/26/1952 THE D TRAIN WAS EXTENDED TO THE BMT CULVER EL 10/30/1954 WEEKDAY BMT #1c LOCALS EXTENDED THROUGH NEW CONNECTION WITH IND QUEENS BLVD LINE TO 71ST CONTINENTAL 12/1/1955 BMT #1 EXPRESS ALSO EXTENDED TO ASTORIA EL TO REPLACE LOCALS WHICH RAN TO CHAMBERS VIA TUNNEL ON 5/4/1957 BMT #1b EXPRESSES MADE LOCAL STOPS IN BROOKLYN ON 5/28/1959 NASSAU SPECIALS RUN VIA TUNNEL IN PEAK DIRECTION, VIA MANHATTAN BRIDGE REVERSE PEAK DIRECTION 5/28/1959 LOCAL BMT #1 TRAIN RAN TO FRANKLYN 6/6/1959 BMT #1b TRAIN RENAMED QB TRAIN IN 1959 QB WENT FROM 57ST TO STILLWELL 1959 TO 1962 EXPRESS TRAIN RENAMED Q TRAIN, LOCAL WAS CALLED QT VIA TUNNEL, AND LOCAL VIA BRIDGE WAS CALLED QB 11/15/1960 QT RAN FROM DITMARS TO STILLWELL ON 11/15/60 SATURDAYS QT RAN TO FRANKLYN WHILE Q EXPRESS RAN TO ASTORIA 1/1/1961 Q RAN FROM 57ST TO BRIGHTON BEACH 1/1/1961 QB RAN OTHER TIMES DURING THE WEEK 1/1/1961 SATURDAY Q DISCONTINUED, QB RAN TO ASTORIA MAKING LOCAL STOPS 4/2/1962 EXPRESS TRACKS OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLATFORM EXTENSIONS TO IND STANDARDS 2/10/64 TO 11/2/64 QT RAN FROM DITMARS TO STILLWELL 1964 - 1967 BMT #1c SERVICE PHASED OUT IN 1964 THE CHRYSTIE ST CONNECTION ALLOWED THE BMT TO CONNECT WITH THE IND TRACKS ON 11/26/1967 QT AND Q SERVICES WERE ELIMINATED 11/26/1967 THE D, QJ, AND NX TOOK THEIR PLACES BUT RIDERS OPPOSED THE LOSS OF BROADWAY SERVICE ON 11/26/1967 BMT #1 TRAIN PHASED OUT AS THE LAST OF THE NUMBERS ON THE BMT SYSTEM 11/26/1967 3 AM RUSH HOUR QJ TRAINS WERE DESIGNATED AS QB TO RUN LOCAL IN BROOKLYN OVER THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE AND BROADWAY TO 57ST AFTER PEOPLE COMPLAINED 1967 QB CUTBACK FROM ASTORIA EL AND ENDED AT 57th STREET 11/27/1967 NX PHASED OUT OF SERVICE 4/12/1968 THE QJ PHASED OUT TO BECOME THE J 1972 - PRESENT D TRAIN HAD A SPLIT SERVICE WHEN MANHATTAN BRIDGE SEVERED MAY 1982 DK TOOK CARE OF BROOKLYN, THE DX DID THE BRONX 1982 TO 12/11/88 NORTH SIDE OF MANHATTAN BRIDGE CLOSED. Q WENT FROM BRIGHTON BEACH TO 57th STREET 4/26/86 - 12/11/88 D TRAIN WAS SENT TO 57ST AND 7TH AVE DUE TO MANHATTAN BRIDGE WORK ALSO 4/26/1986 QB RENAMED Q TRAIN 5/5/86
Q THE BRIGHTON BEACH LINE QB RENAMED Q 5/5/1986 Q TRAIN WENT FROM STILLWELL AVE TO 57TH / 7TH AVE 5/5/86 MANHATTAN BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ROUTED Q TRAINS UP 6TH AVE INSTEAD OF BROADWAY 12/12/1988 - 9/1989 Q TRAIN WENT FROM 57TH/SIXTH AVE TO STILLWELL 12/12/88 - 9/89 SOON AFTER, EVENING SERVICE TO 2ND AVE REPLACED BY THE B TRAIN 1989 Q TRAIN EXTENDED TO 207TH ST ON THE A AND C LINES DUE TO ASBESTOS FLOOD SEPTEMBER 9/1989 - 10/30/1989 63RD STREET TUNNEL OPENED AND Q TRAIN EXTENDED TO 21ST QUEENSBRIDGE 10/30/1989 - 4/30/1995 S TRAIN FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE EXTENDED OVER THE BRIGHTON LINE TO CONEY ISLAND DURING THE 1990s D TRAIN REROUTED OVER THE WEST END EL DURING THE 1990s D WAS REMOVED FROM BRIGHTON SERVICE 3/30/1995 NORTH SIDE OF MANHATTAN BRIDGE WAS FULLY CLOSED AND Q TRAIN WAS PUT BACK ON BROADWAY 4/30/95 UNTIL 11/12/95 Q WENT FROM CANAL ST VIA MONTEGUE TUNNEL AND THEN EXPRESS TO 21ST QUEENSBRIDGE 4/30/1995 D TRAIN RETURNED TO BRIGHTON LINE 12/19/95 Q TRAIN PUT BACK ON SIXTH AVE BECAUSE OF 63RD ST TRACK BED FAULTY DESIGN AND ENDED AT 57th STREET 11/12/1995 - 7/22/2001 A TEMPORARY SHUTTLE WENT FROM 57th STREET TO 21ST QUEENSBRIDGE 2/22/1998 - 5/22/1999 D TRAIN LEFT BRIGHTON LINE AGAIN DUE TO MANHATTAN BRIDGE TROUBLES AND Q WAS BY ITSELF ALONG THE BRIGHTON ROUTE IN BROOKLYN 2001 SOUTH SIDE OF MANHATTAN BRIDGE OPENED AND Q TRAIN RETURNED TO BROADWAY ROUTE 7/22/01 - 2/22/04 THE Q WENT FROM 57ST TO BRIGHTON BEACH 7/22/01 - 2/22/04 IT HAD A LOCAL SERVICE FROM 57th TO STILLWELL AND A EXPRESS FROM 57th TO BRIGHTON BEACH D TRAIN LEFT BRIGHTON LINE AGAIN DUE TO MANHATTAN BRIDGE TROUBLES AND Q WAS BY ITSELF ALONG THE BRIGHTON ROUTE IN BROOKLYN 2001 THE Q TRAIN ENDED AT BRIGHTON BEACH DUE TO THE STILLWELL, WEST 8 ST, NEPTUNE, AND OCEAN PARKWAY RESTORATIONS 9/8/2002 SOUTH SIDE OF MANHATTAN BRIDGE CLOSED ON WEEKENDS. Q TRAIN USED MONTEGUE TUNNEL 4/29/03 - 11/2/03 THE W WAS CUTBACK FROM THE WEST END LINE AND WENT FROM DITMARS TO WHITEHALL 2/22/04 THE D TRAIN WAS THE FIRST TO GO FROM STILLWELL - 205TH ST VIA WEST END LINE 2/22/2004 ALL FOUR TRACKS ON MANHATTAN BRIDGE BACK IN SERVICE ON 2/22/04 BRIGHTON LINE TAKEN OVER BY THE B TRAIN AND EXISTING Q TRAIN 2/22/04 THE B WENT FROM 168ST TO BRIGHTON BEACH 2/22/04 THE 1905 AVE H TRAIN STATION BECAME A LANDMARK 6/29/2004 ORIGINALLY BUILT AS A REAL ESTATE OFFICE IN 1905 TO SELL HOMES IN MIDWOOD IT WAS CALLED FISKE TERRACE STATION IN 1907 AND TURNED INTO A RAILROAD HOUSE Q TRAIN WENT FROM 57ST TO STILLWELL 5/23/04 TO 6/25/2010 THE W PHASED OUT AND Q EXTENDED TO ASTORIA EL 6/25/2010 - 11/7/2016 W CAME BACK TO ASTORIA EL AND Q TERMINATED AT 57th STREET 11/7/2016 Q TRAIN EXTENDED TO SECOND AVE/96TH STREET 1/1/2017 - PRESENT
RR THE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY FOURTH AVE SUBWAY OPENED 9/13/1915 CONNECTED TO THE SEA BEACH LINE 8/23/1915 SERVICE BEGAN FROM 86TH TO CHAMBERS VIA THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE 1/15/1916 CONNECTED TO THE WEST END LINE 6/24/1916 ASTORIA EL SERVED SECOND AVE EL 7/23/1917 - 6/13/1942 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER 11/1/1918 BROADWAY LOCAL SERVICE BEGAN FROM TIMES SQUARE TO WHITEHALL 4/14/1918 EXTENDED TO 57ST ON 6/19/1919 MONTAGUE ST TUNNEL OPENED ALLOWING SERVICE FROM 86ST TO QUEENSBORO PLAZA 8/1/1920 CONNECTED TO THE BRIGHTON LINE 8/1/1920 CHAMBERS SERVICE WAS SUSPENDED FOR A FEW YEARS AFTER 8/1/1920 THE (BRT) REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 ASTORIA EL BMT #8 WENT FROM QUEENSBORO PLAZA TO DITMARS 1924 - 10/17/1949 FOURTH AVE SUBWAY RENAMED BMT #2 TRAIN IN 1924 - 1949 BMT #2 TRAIN WENT FROM 86TH BAY RIDGE - LEXINGTON AVE 1924 - 1949 THE 95st STATION OPENED IN BAY RIDGE 10/27/1925 FOURTH AVE SUBWAY CONNECTED TO THE CULVER LINE VIA NASSAU STREET LOOP 5/30/1931 NASSAU LOOP WAS COMPLETED ALLOWING NASSAU ST SPECIALS VIA THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE AM RUSH 1930s FOURTH AVE SUBWAY CONNECTED TO ASTORIA EL 10/17/1949 BMT #8 TRAIN WAS PHASED OUT AND BMT #2 TRAIN WENT FROM 95ST TO DITMARS 10/17/1949 PM NASSAU SPECIALS INAUGURATED WEEKDAYS ON 6/29/1950 SATURDAY NASSAU ST SPECIALS END 6/21/1952 NYC TRANSIT OPENS TRACK CONNECTION BETWEEN 60TH STREET TUNNEL AND QUEENS BLVD LINE TO LINK BMT WITH IND 12/1/1955 BMT #2 TRAIN RENAMED RR 1960 RR TRAIN WAS PUT ON QUEENS BLVD LINE INSTEAD OF ASTORIA EL 1/1/1961 RR WENT FROM 95ST TO FOREST HILLS 1/1/1961 - 11/27/1967 RR TRAIN PUT BACK ON ASTORIA EL ONCE AGAIN SINCE THE EE WENT TO QUEENS BLVD LINE TO 71 CONTINENTAL AVE 11/27/1967 THE NASSAU ST SPECIAL CAME BACK ONCE AGAIN CALLED THE RJ BRIDGING THE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY WITH THE JAMAICA EL 11/27/1967 RJ TRAIN WAS PHASED OUT AND THE RJ BECAME THE RR SPECIALS TO CHAMBERS 1968 RR RENAMED R TRAIN 5/5/86
R THE FOURTH AVE - QUEENS BLVD SUBWAY RR RENAMED R TRAIN 5/5/86 R TRAIN WENT FROM 95ST TO DITMARS 5/5/1986 R WAS PUT BACK ON QUEENS BLVD LINE TO 71 CONTINENTAL INSTEAD OF ASTORIA EL MAY 1987 THE RR NASSAU SPECIAL WAS ELIMINATED 11/22/1987 R TRAIN EXTENDED TO 179ST TO REPLACE THE E TRAIN THAT MOVED TO ARCHER AVE 12/11/1988 R WENT FROM 95ST - 179ST 12/11/1988 SOON AFTER, THE R TRAIN ENDED AT 71 CONTINENTAL ONCE AGAIN BECAUSE LOCAL RIDERS PAST CONTINENTAL WANTED THE F TRAIN 1989 THE R TRAIN WAS EXTENDED TO JAMAICA CENTER TO REPLACE THE E TRAIN DUE TO 53st TUNNEL WORK FROM MAY TO AUG 2000 THE R TRAIN RETURNED TO ITS 95ST TO 71 CONTINENTAL AVE PATTERN SEPT 2000 NO R TRAIN AFTER THE WTC ATTACKS ON 9/11/01 THE STATIONS CANAL ST, CITY HALL, CORTLANDT, RECTOR, AND WHITEHALL WERE OFF LIMITS AFTER THE WTC ATTACKS ON 9/11/01 BECAUSE R AND N COULDN'T TRAVEL TO THOSE FIVE STATIONS, THE J ASSUMED CONTROL OF THE R TRAIN FROM ARCHER AVE TO 95ST BROOKLYN ALONG THE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY ROUTE 9/11/01 THE R TRAIN REOPENED 47 DAYS LATER WITH NORMAL SERVICES FROM 179ST TO 95ST BROOKLYN ON 10/28/01 - PRESENT THE J WENT BACK TO NORMAL AS WELL FROM JAMAICA CENTER TO BROAD ON 10/28/01 - PRESENT CORTLANDT WAS REOPENED ALMOST A YEAR LATER FOR THE R, N, AND W TRAINS 9/15/02 CORTLANDT CLOSED AGAIN ON 8/20/2005 CORTLANDT (northbound platform) RE-OPENED FOR N,R,W TRAINS 11/25/2009 - PRESENT CORTLANDT (southbound platform) RE-OPENED FOR N,R,W TRAINS 9/6/2011 - PRESENT
SS THE BROOKLYN, FLATBUSH, AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD 7/2/1878 SERVICE WENT FROM FLATBUSH AND OCEAN AVES TO BRIGHTON BEACH HOTEL 7/2/1878 PLANS WERE MADE TO EXTEND THE LINE TO FLATBUSH AND ATLANTIC AVES TO INTERSECT THE LIRR IN 1878 THE LIRR ALLOWED THE BF&CI TO END AT ITS TERMINAL BUT THE RELATIONSHIP WASN'T LONG LASTING 8/19/1878 TWO YEARS EARLIER, AUSTIN CORBIN BUILT THE NEW YORK AND MANHATTAN BEACH RAILROAD STARTED RUNNING TRAINS TO MANHATTAN BEACH HOTEL THE TRACKS WERE ALONG TODAY'S EAST 17 ST FROM AVE H TO SHEEPSHEAD BAY AUSTIN TOOK CONTROL OF THE LIRR IN 1880 THROUGH A SERIES OF MERGERS, THE LIRR OWNED THE NEW YORK AND MANHATTAN BEACH RAILROAD WHICH WAS COMPETITIVE TO THE BRIGHTON LINE IN 1882 THE MANHATTAN BEACH LINE WAS A YEAR ROUND OPERATION WHILE THE BRIGHTON WAS SEASONAL 1882 THE LIRR TERMINATED THE AGREEMENT WITH THE BF&CI AND NO LONGER ENDED AT FLATBUSH AND ATLANTIC AVES DECEMBER 1883 THE BF&CI NOW TERMINATED AT BEDFORD TERMINAL AT FRANKLYN AND ATLANTIC AVES IN 1883 THE BF&CI WENT INTO BANKRUPTCY WITHOUT THE PROFITS GENERATED FROM THE LIRR CONNECTION 1883 THE BF&CI WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN AND BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD 1887 RENAMED THE BROOKLYN AND BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD 1887 LIGHTWEIGHT ELEVATED INCLINE WAS BUILT INCLUDING DEAN ST STATION TO ALLOW FULTON ST EL SERVICE TO BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD 1894 - 1896 THE B&BB MADE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE KINGS COUNTY ELEVATED COMPANY TO ROUTE ITS TRAINS TO DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN USING THE FULTON ST EL 1894 THE LIRR SAW THIS AS A THREAT AND TRIED TO AVOID THIS CONNECTION FROM HAPPENING IN 1894 THE BROOKLYN AND BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD CONNECTED WITH FULTON ST EL TO MANHATTAN OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO PARK ROW 8/15/1896 THE BRIGHTON - FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE USED TO BE A STEAM RAILROAD BRIDGING THE BRIGHTON LINE WITH THE FULTON ST EL 1896 - 1900 THE BRIGHTON LINE WAS ELECTRIFIED USING TROLLY WIRE IN 1896 THE BROOKLYN AND BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD CONNECTED WITH FULTON ST EL 8/15/1896 THE BRIGHTON LINE WAS ELECTRIFIED USING TROLLEY WIRE IN 1896 TROLLY WIRE WENT FROM FULTON ST AND FRANKLYN TO NEWKIRK AVE IN 1896 THE NEW YORK AND MANHATTAN BEACH RAILROAD GOT COMPETITIVE AND CONNECTED TO THE FIFTH AVE EL AT 36ST AND 5TH AVE IN 1896 LATER THE TROLLY WIRE EXTENDED FROM NEWKIRK TO BRIGHTON BEACH IN 1899 NASSAU ELECTRIC COMPANY TOOK OVER 1899 ELECTRIFICATION ENABLED STREETCAR COMPANIES ABSORBED BY THE (BRT) TO USE THE BRIGHTON LINE TO RUN TROLLIES TO CONEY ISLAND IN 1900 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER LINE 7/1/1900 THE BRIGHTON WENT FROM PARK ROW TO BRIGHTEN BEACH HOTEL 7/9/1900 A RAMP WAS BUILT AT PROSPECT PARK TO ALLOW TROLLIES THIS CONNECTION FROM 1900 - 1905 AS PART OF THE (BRT) OWNERSHIP, THE LIRR MANHATTAN BEACH BRANCH RECEIVED CONNECTING SERVICE AT SHEEPSHEAD BAY FROM THE BRIGHTON LINE 1905 A STRONGER EMBANKMENT WAS BUILT BETWEEN THE FULTON ST EL AND BRIGHTON LINE IN 1907 THE SECTION FROM SHEEPSHEAD BAY AND OCEAN PARKWAY OPENED 4/22/17 IT EXTENDED TO W 8 ST 5/30/1917 A MAJOR UPGRADE WAS BUILT FOR THE BRIGHTON LINE FROM FRANKLYN TO SHEEPSHEAD BAY IN 1918 IT RAN IN AN OPEN CUT FROM PROSPECT PARK TO NEWKIRK AND THEN RAMPED TO AN EARTH EMBANKMENT TO SHEEPSHEAD BAY 1918 THE (BRT) WENT BANRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER ON TODAY'S FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE 11/1/1918 THE BRIGHTON LINE STARTED GOING TO STILLWELL AVE TERMINAL 5/29/1919 THE REMAINING SURFACE ROUTE OF BRIGHTON LINE WAS ELEVATED 1919 THE SECTION BETWEEN PROSPECT PARK AND CHURCH AVE WAS INCREASED TO FOUR TRACKS 9/26/1919 BRIGHTON LINE CUT OFF CONNECTION WITH FULTON ST EL AND REMNANT BECAME FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE 8/1/1920 BRIGHTON LINE CONNECTED WITH FOURTH AVE SUBWAY 8/1/1920 THE (BRT) WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 THE MANHATTAN BEACH RAILROAD CONNECTION TO THE BRIGHTON LINE CEASED OPERATIONS 5/14/1924 FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE RENAMED BMT #7 TRAIN 1934 BMT #7 TRAIN WENT FROM FRANKLYN TO PROSPECT PARK 1934 FREIGHT CONTINUED ON THE MANHATTAN BEACH SECTION OF TRACKS FROM 1900 - 1937 UNTIL IT WAS TORN UP TO BECOME EAST 17 STREET BMT #1 EXPRESS ALSO EXTENDED TO ASTORIA EL TO REPLACE LOCALS WHICH RAN TO CHAMBERS VIA TUNNEL ON 5/4/1957 LOCAL BMT #1 TRAIN RAN TO FRANKLYN 6/6/1959 QT RAN FROM DITMARS TO STILLWELL ON 11/15/60 SATURDAYS QT RAN TO FRANKLYN WHILE Q EXPRESS RAN TO ASTORIA 1/1/1961 BMT #7 TRAIN RENAMED SS TRAIN 11/1/1965 SS WENT FROM FRANKLYN TO PROSPECT PARK 1965 - 1986 THE CHRYSTIE ST CONNECTION ALLOWED THE BMT TO CONNECT WITH THE IND TRACKS ON 11/26/1967 QT AND Q TRAIN SERVICES WERE ELIMINATED 11/26/1967 BMT #1 TRAIN PHASED OUT AS THE LAST OF THE NUMBERS ON THE BMT SYSTEM 11/27/1967 SS RENAMED S TRAIN 5/5/86
S THE FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE SS RENAMED S ON 5/5/1986 S WENT FROM FRANKLYN TO PROSPECT PARK 1986 - PRESENT FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE EXTENDED OVER BRIGHTON LINE TO CONEY ISLAND DURING THE 1990's THE FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE WAS IN A BAD STATE OF NEGLECT FOR OVER 30 YEARS IT TURNED ALMOST 120 YEARS OLD AND WAS CLOSED FOR REBUILDING 4/1998 - 10/1999 DEAN ST STATION WAS NOT INCLUDED WITH THE NEWER DESIGN 4/1998 TO 10/1999 THE FRANKLYN AVE SHUTTLE WAS ENTIRELY REBUILT TO EXCELLENT STANDARDS OCTOBER 1999 TO PRESENT
W THE ASTORIA EL BROADWAY SUBWAY W TRAIN BEGAN 7/22/2001 FROM WHITEHALL TO DITMARS BLVD WEST END LINE SERVED BY THE W TRAIN AND EXISTING M TRAIN IN 9/8/2002 THE W WENT FROM DITMARS TO STILLWELL 9/8/2002 CORTLANDT WAS REOPENED ALMOST A YEAR LATER FOR THE W, N, AND R TRAINS 9/15/02 THE W WAS CUTBACK FROM WEST END LINE AND TAKEN OVER BY THE D TRAIN WITH EXISTING M TRAIN 2/22/04 THE W ROUTE CHANGED TO DITMARS TO WHITEHALL 2/22/04 - PRESENT THE D WENT FROM 205TH TO STILLWELL 2/22/04 - PRESENT B TRAIN RETURNED TO CONEY ISLAND BUT THIS TIME ON THE BRIGHTON LINE FROM BEDFORD PARK BLVD TO BRIGHTON BEACH ON 2/22/04 - PRESENT CORTLANDT CLOSED AGAIN ON 8/20/2005 CORTLANDT (northbound platform) RE-OPENED FOR N,R,W TRAINS 11/25/2009 - PRESENT W TRAIN ALMOST CUT FROM SERVICE ALTOGETHER BECAUSE OF BUDGET CUTS IN 2009 THE LAST DAY OF SERVICE FOR THE W TRAIN WAS 6/25/2010 THE W PHASED OUT AND Q EXTENDED TO ASTORIA EL 6/25/2010 - 11/7/2016 CORTLANDT (southbound platform) RE-OPENED FOR N,R,W TRAINS 9/6/2011 - PRESENT W CAME BACK TO ASTORIA EL AND Q TERMINATED AT 57th STREET 11/7/2016 Q TRAIN EXTENDED TO SECOND AVE/96TH STREET 1/1/2017 - PRESENT
Z THE JAMAICA EL SKIP STOP SERVICE Z BECAME THE SKIP STOP SERVICE WITH THE J TRAIN 12/12/1988 Z WENT FROM BROAD TO JAMAICA CENTER 12/12/1988 CUTBACK TO EASTERN PARKWAY DURING WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE CLOSING ON 5/1/1999 THE Z WAS CLOSED AFTER THE WTC ATTACKS ON 9/11/01 THE Z AND J WENT BACK TO THEIR NORMAL SERVICE PATTERNS 47 DAYS LATER FROM JAMAICA CENTER TO BROAD WHEN THE R AND N WERE RESTORED 10/28/01 ALABAMA AVE CLOSED FOR MODERNIZATION UNTIL DEC 2005 Z TRAIN ALMOST CUT FROM SERVICE IN 2009 BECAUSE OF BUDGET CUTS, BUT WAS SPARED


ABANDONED BMT EL SERVICES

5b THE CULVER - FIFTH AVE EL THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD CALLED THE PROSPECT PARK AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD 6/19/1875 THIS RAILROAD WENT FROM PROSPECT PARK (9TH AVE AND 20TH) TO NECK ROAD AND McDONALD AVE ON 6/19/1875 THIS RAILROAD WAS BUILT BY ANDREW CULVER IN 1875 IT REACHED CABLES HOTEL IN BRIGHTON BEACH TO CULVER DEPOT 7/27/1875 CULVER TERMINAL WAS ON W 5 ST AND SURF AVE WHERE TODAY'S BRIGHTWATER TOWERS STANDS 1875 THE LINE WAS DOUBLE TRACKED AND BUILT TO SERVE THE VILLAGES IT PASSED THROUGH APRIL 1878 THE PROSPECT PARK AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD BEGAN AN ADDITIONAL SERVICE FROM CULVER DEPOT TO NORTONS POINT IN SEA GATE 1879 GRAVESEND RACETRACK OPENED AND A SPUR WAS CREATED THERE 8/26/1886 THE WEST END RAILROAD SHARED UNION TERMINAL AT 36ST AND 5TH AVE WITH THE PROSPECT PARK AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD WITH A STAIRWAY TO THE FIFTH AVE EL 8/1890 {CULVER} LINE CONNECTED TO FIFTH AVE EL 1890 THE CULVER WENT FROM SANDS TO CULVER DEPOT IN 1890 THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD BOUGHT THE PP&CI AND STARTED RUNNING TRAINS ON ITS TRACKS IN 1893 A TRACKAGE AGREEMENT ENABLED IT TO USE THE LIRR FROM PARKVILLE (AVE I) TO A FERRY LANDING IN BAY RIDGE IN 1893 THE LIRR OWNED AND OPERATED THE CULVER LINE AS ITS NEW YORK AND MANHATTAN BEACH DIVISION 1893 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT LEASED THE PP&CI FROM THE LIRR AND ALSO OPERATED LINE 1893 LIRR STEAM RAILROAD SERVICE ENDED ALONG THE {CULVER} ROUTE ON McDONALD AVE 1899 THE LIRR WAS LOSING MONEY WITH THE CULVER AND SOLD IT TO THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT 4/1/1899 THE CULVER WAS ELECTRIFIED USING TROLLY WIRE IN 1899 THE NORTONS POINT RAILROAD WAS ELECTRIFIED IN 1899 EL CARS WERE USED TO TRANSPORT PASSENGERS FROM THE STEAMBOATS TO CULVER DEPOT IN 1899 STREETCARS REPLACED EL CARS ALONG THE NORTONS POINT RAILROAD IN 1910 THE BRT CONTROL OF THE PP&CI WAS PASSED TO THE SOUTH BROOKLYN RAILWAY IN 1912 AS PART OF THE CREATION OF THE BMT, THE SOUTH BROOKLYN RAILWAY BECAME A SUBSIDIARY AND HAD A FREIGHT OPERATION ALONG THE PP&CI TRACKS 1912 TO THE 1980s GRAVESEND RACETRACK CLOSED 1913 ELEVATED CULVER LINE OF TODAY WAS BUILT ALONG McDONALD AVE, BROOKLYN IN 1916 THE REMAINING TRACKS OF THE ORIGINAL PP&CI RAILROAD BECAME A TROLLY LINE, ROUTE #50 1916 THE REMAINING TRACKS WERE ALSO OPERATED BY THE SOUTH BROOKLYN RAILWAY AS A FREIGHT LINE IN 1916 THE FREIGHT OPERATED FROM THE 39th WATERFRONT TO THE CONEY ISLAND TRAIN YARD IN 1916 THE NORTONS POINT RAILROAD TERMINATED AT THE NEW STILLWELL AVE TERMINAL USING EL CARS IN MAY 1918 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST SUBWAY DISASTER ON THE FRANKLYN SHUTTLE 11/1/1918 NORTONS POINT RAILROAD WENT BACK TO STREETCARS ONCE AGAIN TO STILLWELL AVE IN 1919 THE CULVER EL AS WE KNOW TODAY OPERATED OVER THE EXISTING (PP&CI) TRACKS IN 1919 THE NORTONS POINT RAILROAD WENT BACK TO STREETCARS ONCE AGAIN TO STILLWELL AVE IN 1919 9TH AVE TO KINGS HWY OPENED 3/16/1919 EXTENDED TO AVE X 5/10/1919 EXTENDED TO DOUBLE DECKER EL AT W 8 ST 5/1/1920 THE CULVER LINE REACHED STILLWELL AVE TERMINAL 5/1/1920 THE (BRT) REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 LIRR STEAM SERVICE ENDED AND SOME (BRT) SURFACE ROUTES STARTED USING THE (PP&CI) TRACKS WHILE THE NEWLY BUILT CULVER OPERATED SIMULTANEOUSLY IN 1923 CULVER/FIFTH AVE LINE NAMED BMT #5 TRAIN IN 1924 BMT #5 WENT FROM SANDS TO STILLWELL IN 1924 {CULVER} LINE CONNECTED TO FOURTH AVE SUBWAY 5/30/1931 CULVER/FOURTH AVE SUBWAY NAMED BMT #5a TRAIN 5/30/1931 BMT #5a WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO STILLWELL 5/30/1931 CULVER /FIFTH AVE LINE RENAMED BMT #5b TRAIN 5/30/1931 BMT #5b WENT FROM SANDS VIA FIFTH AVE EL TO STILLWELL VIA THE CULVER EL 5/30/1931 DURING NON RUSH HOURS, FIFTH AVE EL WENT FROM SANDS TO STILLWELL WHILE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO KINGS HWY 1931 - 1940 DURING RUSH HOURS, FIFTH AVE EL WENT FROM SANDS TO STILLWELL WHILE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO KINGS HWY 1931 - 1940 CULVER/FIFTH AVE BMT #5b LINE PHASED OUT SERVICE WHEN FIFTH AVE EL WAS ABANDONED 6/1/1940 BMT #5a SUBWAY SERVICE RENAMED BMT #5 TRAIN 6/1/1940 BMT #5 WENT FROM 9TH AVE TO STILLWELL 6/1/1940 THE CULVER LINE WAS UNIFIED AS PART OF THE NYC SUBWAY SYSTEM 6/1/1940 WHEN FIFTH AVE EL WAS TORN DOWN, RUSH HOUR SUBWAY BMT #5 TRAIN STILL WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO KINGS HWY AND LOCAL SHUTTLE SERVICE WENT FROM 9TH AVE TO STILLWELL 1940 - 1954 THE NORTONS POINT TROLLY CEASED OPERATIONS 11/7/1948 A RAMP WAS COMPLETED CONNECTING CHURCH AVE WITH THE CULVER EL TO ALLOW D TRAIN TO GO FROM 205ST - CONEY ISLAND 10/30/1954 THE BMT #5 SHUTTLE WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO DITMAS IN 1954 - 1959 THE PROSPECT PARK AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD TRACKS CEASED OPERATIONS AS A TROLLY ON 10/31/1956 THE BMT #5 WAS REDUCED TO 9TH AVE TO DITMAS AND USED ONLY THE CONEY ISLAND BOUND TRACK 1959 - 1967 F TRAIN REPLACED D FROM 179ST TO STILLWELL VIA CULVER EL 11/26/1967 BMT #5 TRAIN COEXISTED AND RENAMED SS CULVER SHUTTLE 1967 - 1975 THE SS WENT FROM 9TH AVE TO DITMAS 1967 - 1975 SS PHASED OUT WHEN CULVER SHUTTLE WAS ABANDONED 5/11/1975 THE PROSPECT PARK AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD TRACKS CEASED FREIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE 1980s THE RAILROAD TRACKS WERE PAVED OVER ALONG McDONALD AVE IN THE LATE 1980s
6 THE FIFTH AVE EL THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD 11/5/1888 THE FIFTH AVE EL WENT FROM SANDS TO ATLANTIC AVE 1888 MYRTLE AVE EL CONNECTED TO FIFTH AVE EL FOR ACCESS ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO PARK ROW, MANHATTAN 4/10/1888 LEXINGTON AVE EL CONNECTED TO FIFTH AVE EL FOR ACCESS ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO PARK ROW, MANHATTAN 4/10/1888 IT WAS EXTENDED FROM ATLANTIC AVE TO 23RD ST IN 1889 CONNECTED WITH THE {CULVER} LINE 1890 THE {CULVER} WENT FROM CULVER TERMINAL TO SANDS ST IN 1890 IT WAS EXTENDED FROM 23RD ST TO 36TH ST IN 1890 IT CONTINUED ONTO THE THIRD AVE EL FROM 38TH TO 65TH ST IN 1893 BRIGHTEN LINE CONNECTED WITH FULTON ST EL TO UTILIZE FIFTH AVE EL ACCESS YEARS LATER 8/15/1896 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER AND ELECTRIFIED LINE 7/3/1899 FULTON ST EL CONNECTED TO FULTON FERRY TO SANDS ST ALLOWING TRAINS ACROSS BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO PARK ROW, MANHATTAN 7/9/1900 BRIGHTON LINE WENT FROM BRIGHTON BEACH HOTEL TO PARK ROW, MANHATTAN 7/9/1900 CONNECTED WITH THE WEST END LINE 1901 THE WEST END LINE WENT FROM WEST END TERMINAL TO PARK ROW, MANHATTAN IN 1901 CONNECTED WITH THE SEA BEACH LINE 1903 THE SEA BEACH LINE WENT FROM SEA BEACH DEPOT TO PARK ROW, MANHATTAN IN 1903 THE FIFTH AVE EL WAS THE MAIN ARTERY FOR THE CULVER, WEST END, AND SEA BEACH LINES OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE INTO MANHATTAN TO PARK ROW IT ALSO BROUGHT THE FULTON, MYRTLE, LEXINGTON, AND BRIGHTON INTO MANHATTAN OVER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AS WELL SEVERED FROM THE WEST END LINE 1913 SEVERED FROM THE SEA BEACH LINE 1913 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER 11/1/1918 SEVERED FROM THE {CULVER} LINE 1919 RECONNECTED WITH THE PRESENT DAY CULVER EL 1919 BRIGHTEN LINE SEVERED FROM FULTON ST EL CONNECTION TO FIFTH AVE EL TO PARK ROW, MANHATTAN 8/1/1920 THE (BRT) WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 FIFTH AVE EL RENAMED BMT #6 TRAIN 1924 - 1940 BMT #6 TRAIN WENT FROM SANDS TO 65th VIA THE THIRD AVE EL 1924 TO 1940 SEVERED CONNECTIONS WITH THE PRESENT DAY CULVER EL 6/1/1940 SEVERED CONNECTIONS FROM FULTON FERRY TO PARK ROW DISCONTINUING FULTON ST SERVICE ACROSS BROOKLYN BRIDGE 6/1/1940 FIFTH AVE EL ABANDONED 6/1/1940 THIRD AVE PORTION OF EL BECAME PART OF THE GOWANUS EXPRESSWAY 1940s - PRESENT THE LAST REMNANT OF FIFTH AVE EL WAS ABANDONED FOR THE MYRTLE AVE EL ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE IN 1944
12 THE LEXINGTON AVE EL THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD IN 1888 THE LINE WENT FROM EASTERN PARKWAY ON TODAY'S J LINE TO PARK ROW 1888 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER AND ELECTRIFIED LINE 7/1/1900 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORBE ST DISASTER NOV 1, 1918 THE (BRT) WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 LEXINGTON AVE EL RENAMED BMT #12 TRAIN 1924 BMT #12 TRAIN WENT EASTERN PARKWAY ON TODAY'S J LINE TO PARK ROW VIA THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE 1924 THE STATIONS EASTERN PARKWAY, CHAUNCEY STREET, HALSEY ST, AND GATES ON THE J LINE WERE CONNECTED TO THE LEXINGTON AVE EL THE LINE CONTINUED ALONG THE LEXINGTON AVE EL TO REID AVE, SUMNER AVE, TOMPKINS, NOSTRAND AVE, FRANKLYN AVE, GREENE AVE, DEKALB AVE, THEN TO MYTLE AVE IT THEN PROCEEDED TO AN ABANDONED PART OF THE MYRTLE AVE EL TO WASHINGTON AVE, VANDERBILT AVE, THEN NAVY ST THEN IT WENT TO THE FIFTH AVE EL TO BRIDGE ST, ADAMS ST, AND SANDS ST THEN IT CROSSED THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND TERMINATED AT PARK ROW LEXINGTON AVE EL WAS ABANDONED 10/13/1950


REMNANTS OF BMT ELS USED FOR CURRENT BMT SERVICES

MJ THE MYRTLE AVE EL THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD 4/10/1888 THE MYRTLE AVE EL WENT FROM METROPOLITAN TO PARK ROW 4/10/1888 THE ROUTE WAS METROPOLITAN, FRESH POND RD, FOREST AVE, SENECA AVE, AND WYKOFF THEN IT PROCEEDED ON AN ABANDONED SECTION OF MYRTLE AVE EL TO KNICKERBOCKER, CENTRAL AVE, BROADWAY, SUMNER, TOMPKINS AVE, NOSTRAND AVE, FRANKLYN AVE, GRAND AVE, WASHINGTON AVE, VANDERBILT AVE, AND NAVY ST IT THEN WENT ALONG THE FIFTH AVE EL TO BRIDGE ST, ADAMS ST, AND SANDS IT THEN CROSSED THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND TERMINATED AT PARK ROW THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER AND ELECTRIFIED LINE 7/1/1900 THE SURFACE ROUTE WAS TRANSFERRED TO TROLLY SERVICES WHEN THE MYRTLE LINE WAS ELEVATED IN 1913 THE SURFACE ROUTE TROLLY SERVICE LASTED FROM 1913 - 1940s (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER 11/1/1918 THE (BRT) WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 MYRTLE AVE EL RENAMED BMT #11 TRAIN 1924 - 1944 BMT #11 TRAIN WENT FROM METROPOLITAN TO SANDS 1924 - 1944 SERVICE DISCONTINUED FROM PARK ROW AND CUTBACK TO JAY STREET 1944 BMT #11 TRAIN WENT FROM METROPOLITAN TO BRIDGE/JAY ST 1944 - 1967 BMT #11 TRAIN RENAMED MJ TRAIN ON 11/26/1967 MJ WENT FROM METROPOLITAN TO BRIDGE/JAY 1967 - 1969 MYRTLE AVE EL ABANDONED KNICKERBOCKER, CENTRAL AVE, BROADWAY, SUMNER, TOMPKINS AVE, NOSTRAND AVE, FRANKLYN AVE, GRAND AVE, WASHINGTON AVE, VANDERBILT AVE, AND BRIDGE ST 10/4/1969 REMAINING STATIONS METROPOLITAN, FRESH POND ROAD, FOREST AVE, SENECA AVE, AND WYKOFF ARE PART OF TODAY'S M TRAIN
17 THE 14ST-FULTON LINE THE 14ST FULTON WAS UNOFFICIALLY KNOWN AS THE BMT #17 TRAIN 9/23/1936 BMT #17 TRAIN WENT FROM 14ST/8TH AVE TO LEFFERTS via CANARSIE LINE TO FULTON EL 9/23/1936 SERVICE PHASED OUT DUE TO SEVERED TRACKS AT ATLANTIC AVE ON CANARSIE LINE 4/30/56 ATLANTIC AVE WAS ABANDONED IN FAVOR OF A MORE SIMPLISTIC STRUCTURE FOR THE L TRAIN IN 2001 THE ABANDONED TRACKWAYS OF THE EL WERE TORN DOWN IN 2003 A REMNANT OF THE FULTON EL BECAME THE NEW ATLANTIC AVE STATION FOR THE CANARSIE LINE 2003 THE REMAINS OF THE FULTON ST EL SOUTH OF ATLANTIC AVE WAS DEMOLISHED 2004
8 THE ASTORIA LINE ASTORIA EL CONNECTED WITH IRT SECOND AVE EL VIA QUEENSBORO BRIDGE 4/23/1917 THE SECOND AVE EL #3 TRAIN WENT FROM SOUTH FERRY TO DITMARS 7/23/1917 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER 11/1/1918 60ST TUNNEL WAS BUILT TO LINK THE BMT WITH QUEENSBORO PLAZA 8/1/1920 THE (BRT) WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 ADDITIONALLY, BMT LINE SERVED ASTORIA LINE FROM QUEENSBORO PLAZA TO DITMARS 1924 BMT ASTORIA LINE SERVICE WAS NAMED THE BMT #8 TRAIN 1924 - 1949 BMT #8 TRAIN WENT FROM QUEENSBORO PLAZA TO DITMARS 1924 - 1949 BMT #8 TRAIN USED IRT TYPE CARS EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A BMT COMPANY 1924 QUEENSBORO BRIDGE CEASED TRAIN OPERATION 6/13/1942 BMT #8 TRAIN PHASED OUT 10/17/1949 ASTORIA EL PLATFORMS WERE SHAVED TO ACCOMODATE THE WIDER BMT STYLE TRAINS 10/17/1949 THE BMT #1, QT, AND RR TRAINS WERE THRU ROUTED TO THE ASTORIA EL 1949 - 1964 LATER, THE T TRAIN JOINED THE ROUTE 1964 - 1966 LATER, THE QB TRAIN JOINED THE ROUTE 1966 - 1967 LATER, THE RR TRAIN TOOK OVER ROUTE 1967 TO 1978 LATER, THE N TRAIN SWITCHED WITH RR ROUTE 1978 TO 1985 THE B TRAIN RAN ON THE ASTORIA EL DURING THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE TROUBLES 1985 N TRAIN TAKEN FROM QUEENS BLVD LINE AND PUT ON ASTORIA EL MAY 1987 W TRAIN ALMOST CUT FROM SERVICE ALTOGETHER BECAUSE OF BUDGET CUTS IN 2009 UNFORTUNATELY, THE LAST DAY OF SERVICE FOR THE W TRAIN WAS 6/25/2010 Q TRAIN TOOK THE PLACE OF W ALONG THE ASTORIA EL 6/25/2010
J THE PARK AVE EL THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD IN 1885 THIS SECTION OF RAILROAD WAS ABANDONED 12/30/1890 REMNANTS OF THE STRUCTURE WERE KEPT AND ELECTRIFIED 7/1/1900 THE STATIONS CYPRESS HILLS, CRESCENT ST, NORWOOD AVE, CLEVELAND ST, VAN SICLEN AVE, AND ALABAMA AVE ARE THE SURVIVING STATIONS ON TODAY'S J AND Z LINES 1885 - PRESENT


NASSAU STREET LOOP SERVICES

5a THE CULVER - NASSAU EXPRESS NASSAU ST LOOP COMPLETED 5/30/1931 {CULVER} LINE CONNECTED TO FOURTH AVE SUBWAY 5/30/1931 IT ALLOWED THE BMT #5a LOCALS FROM STILLWELL TO CHAMBERS VIA THE MONTEGUE ST TUNNEL AND RETURNING OVER THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE ON 5/30/1931 CULVER/FOURTH AVE SUBWAY NAMED BMT #5a TRAIN 5/30/1931 THE BMT #5a SUBWAY WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO STILLWELL 5/30/1931 CULVER/FIFTH AVE LINE RENAMED BMT #5b TRAIN 5/30/1931 THE BMT #5b WENT FROM SANDS VIA FIFTH AVE EL TO STILLWELL VIA CULVER EL 5/30/1931 DURING NON RUSH HOURS, FIFTH AVE EL WENT FROM SANDS TO STILLWELL WHILE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY WENT CHAMBERS TO KINGS HWY 1931 - 1940 DURING RUSH HOURS, FIFTH AVE EL WENT FROM SANDS TO STILLWELL WHILE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY WENT CHAMBERS TO KINGS HWY 1931 - 1940 CULVER/FIFTH AVE BMT #5b LINE PHASED OUT SERVICE WHEN FIFTH AVE EL WAS ABANDONED 6/1/1940 BMT #5a SUBWAY SERVICE RENAMED BMT #5 TRAIN ON 6/1/1940 BMT #5 WENT FROM 9TH AVE TO STILLWELL 6/1/1940 WHEN FIFTH AVE EL WAS TORN DOWN, RUSH HOUR SUBWAY, BMT #5 TRAIN STILL WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO KINGS HWY AND LOCAL SHUTTLE SERVICE WENT FROM 9TH AVE TO STILLWELL 1940 TO 1954 STATIONS STILLWELL TO DITMAS AVE WERE CONNECTED TO CHURCH AVE via THE D TRAIN 10/30/1954 BMT #5 WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO DITMAS 1954 - 5/28/1959 BMT #5 WAS REDUCED TO 9TH AVE TO DITMAS IN 1959 - 1967 D TRAIN WAS CHANGED TO THE F TRAIN ALONG THE CULVER ROUTE 11/26/1967 - PRESENT BMT #5 TRAIN COEXISTED AND RENAMED SS CULVER SHUTTLE 1967 - 1975
SS THE CULVER SHUTTLE CULVER/FIFTH AVE BMT #5b LINE PHASED OUT SERVICE WHEN FIFTH AVE EL WAS ABANDONED 6/1/1940 BMT #5a SUBWAY SERVICE RENAMED BMT #5 TRAIN ON 6/1/1940 BMT #5 WENT FROM 9TH AVE TO STILLWELL 6/1/1940 WHEN FIFTH AVE EL WAS TORN DOWN, RUSH HOUR SUBWAY, BMT #5 TRAIN STILL WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO KINGS HWY AND LOCAL SHUTTLE SERVICE WENT FROM 9TH AVE TO STILLWELL 1940 TO 1954 STATIONS STILLWELL TO DITMAS AVE WERE CONNECTED TO CHURCH AVE via THE D TRAIN 10/30/1954 BMT #5 WENT FROM CHAMBERS TO DITMAS 1954 - 5/28/1959 BMT #5 WAS REDUCED TO 9TH AVE TO DITMAS IN 1959 - 1967 D TRAIN WAS CHANGED TO THE F TRAIN ALONG THE CULVER ROUTE 11/26/1967 - PRESENT BMT #5 TRAIN COEXISTED AND RENAMED SS CULVER SHUTTLE 11/26/1967 THE SS WENT FROM 9th AVE TO DITMAS 1967 - 1975 SS PHASED OUT WHEN CULVER SHUTTLE EL WAS ABANDONED 5/11/1975
3b THE WEST END - NASSAU EXPRESS NASSAU ST LOOP COMPLETED 5/30/1931 {WEST END} LINE CONNECTED TO FOURTH AVE SUBWAY 5/30/1931 IT ALLOWED THE BMT #3b LOCALS FROM BAY PARKWAY TO CHAMBERS VIA THE MONTEGUE ST TUNNEL AND RETURNING OVER THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE ON 5/30/1931 SATURDAY LOCAL 3b TRAIN TO CHAMBERS DISCONTINUED 6/24/1950 3b TRAIN WAS MOVED TO BROADWAY SUBWAY INSTEAD OF NASSAU ST LOOP 1950 BMT #3b WENT FROM TIMES SQUARE TO STILLWELL 6/24/1950 - 10/24/1957 LATE NIGHT SERVICE REPLACED BY LOCAL 3b TO CHAMBERS TUNNELING BOTH DIRECTIONS TO CONEY ISLAND ON 10/24/1957 ALL LOCAL 3b TRAINS MOVED BACK TO CHAMBERS VIA TUNNEL BOTH DIRECTIONS 5/28/1959 BMT #3b TRAIN RENAMED TT TRAIN 1/1/1961
TT THE BROADWAY WEST END SHORTLINE BMT #3b TRAIN RENAMED TT TRAIN 1/1/1961 TT LOCAL SERVICE FROM BAY PARKWAY TO CHAMBERS USED ON 1/1/1961 MIDDAY TT RAN LOCAL FROM CONEY ISLAND TO CHAMBERS 1/1/1961 EVENING AND SATURDAY TT SERVICE FROM CONEY ISLAND TO 57ST UNTIL AFTER 4/2/1962 NIGHTS AND SUNDAY TT SERVICE TO 36ST 4/2/1962 THE TT TRAIN CONTINUED FOR A WHILE LONGER UNTIL 6/30/68 THE B TRAIN PHASED OUT THE TT SERVICE ALONG THE WEST END EL 6/30/1968
QJ THE JAMAICA EL BRIGHTON BEACH LINE SERVICE BEGAN AS THE M BAKERS SPECIAL BETWEEN CHAMBERS AND BRIGHTON BEACH IN 1934 IT WAS DURING MORNING RUSH HOURS ONLY 1934 - 1950 EVENING RUSH HOUR SERVICE WAS ADDED 1950 SERVICE CONTINUED BUT OPERATED NORTH IN MORNING AND SOUTH IN EVENING USING MANHATTAN BRIDGE TILL 11/27/1967 SERVICE WAS THRU ROUTED ALONG THE JAMAICA EL PHASING OUT THE BMT #15, 11/27/1967 BANKERS SPECIAL WAS RENAMED QJ AND WENT FROM 168TH JAMAICA TO STILLWELL 11/27/1967 - 1972 SERVICE WAS SHORTENED AND RENAMED J FROM 168TH JAMAICA TO CHAMBERS 1972 - 12/10/1988 J WENT FROM JAMAICA CENTER TO BROAD 12/10/88 - PRESENT
RJ THE JAMAICA EL FOURTH AVE SUBWAY SERVICE BEGAN AS THE M BAKERS SPECIAL BETWEEN CHAMBERS AND 95th STREET BAY RIDGE IN 1934 IT WAS DURING MORNING RUSH HOURS ONLY 1934 - 1950 EVENING RUSH HOUR SERVICE WAS ADDED 1950 SERVICE WAS THRU ROUTED ALONG THE JAMAICA EL PHASING OUT THE BMT #15, 11/27/1967 SERVICE WAS RENAMED RJ AND WENT FROM 168TH STREET JAMAICA TO 95th STREET BAY RIDGE 11/27/1967 - 6/28/1968 RJ RENAMED THE RR NASSAU STREET SPECIAL 6/28/1968 RR SPECIAL WENT FROM 95TH STREET TO CHAMBERS 6/28/1968 THE RR NASSAU STREET SPECIAL PHASED OUT IN 11/24/1987


REMNANTS OF BMT ELS USED FOR CURRENT IND LINES

13 THE KINGS COUNTY ELECTRIC RAILWAY THIS WAS A STEAM RAILROAD IN 1885 THE KINGS COUNTY ELECTRIC RAILWAY WENT FROM FULTON FERRY AND BROOKLYN BRIDGE THRU PITKIN AND LIBERTY AVES TO EAST NEW YORK IN 1885 KINGS COUNTY EL BUILT A STATION AT ATLANTIC AVE AND SNEDIKER AVE IN 1889 LIGHTWEIGHT ELEVATED INCLINE WAS BUILT INCLUDING DEAN ST STATION TO ALLOW FULTON ST EL SERVICE TO BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD 1894 - 1896 THE BRT BROADWAY, FULTON, AND JAMAICA ELS TO LIRR ATLANTIC AVE LINE ALLOWED EL TRAINS TO GO TO THE ROCKAWAYS 1896 - 1916 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER RAILROAD AND ELECTRIFIED LINE IN 1899 A CONNECTION MADE FROM FULTON FERRY TO SANDS ST ALLOWING TRAINS TO CROSS BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO PARK ROW, MANHATTAN 1900 KNOWN AS THE FULTON STEET EL 1900 A STRONGER EMBANKMENT WAS BUILT BETWEEN THE FULTON ST EL AND BRIGHTON LINE IN 1907 THE STATIONS GRANT AVE TO LEFFERTS BLVD WAS THE EXTENSION OF THE FULTON ST EL 9/25/1915 ACCESS TO THE ROCKAWAYS LIRR BRANCH WAS SEVERED IN 1916 MANY YEARS LATER, IT WOULD BE CONNECTED AGAIN WITH A NEWER CONNECTION FROM THE IND COMPANY (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER 11/1/1918 THE STATIONS GRANT AVE TO LEFFERTS BLVD WAS THE EXTENTION OF THE FULTON ST EL DURING THE 1920s THE (BRT) REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 FULTON STREET EL RENAMED BMT #13 TRAIN 1924 - 1940 BMT #13 TRAIN WENT FROM PARK ROW TO LEFFERTS via BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO FIFTH AVE EL 1924 - 1940 FULTON ST EL MOSTLY DEMOLISHED BECAUSE IND BUILT SUBWAY DIRECTLY BENEATH 1936 IT HAD BEEN DUPLICATED BY THE IND FULTON ST SUBWAY SERVICE SINCE 1936 A TRAIN EXTENDED TO ROCKAWAY PKWAY 4/9/1936 14ST FULTON UNOFFICIALLY KNOWN AS THE BMT #17 TRAIN 9/23/1936 BMT #17 TRAIN WENT FROM 14ST/8TH AVE TO LEFFERTS via CANARSIE LINE TO FULTON EL 9/23/1936 SERVICE FROM FULTON FERRY AND PARK ROW TO ROCKAWAY AVE WAS ABANDONED 6/1/1940 BMT #13 TRAIN SERVICE REMAINED FROM ROCKAWAY AVE TO LEFFERTS 6/1/1940 - 4/26/1956 A TRAIN EXTENDED TO BROADWAY JUNCTION 12/30/1946 A TRAIN EXTENDED TO EUCLID ON 11/28/1948 THE SECTION OF EL FROM ROCKAWAY AVE TO CRESCENT ST WAS ABANDONED 4/26/1956 THE STATIONS GRANT AVE TO LEFFERTS BLVD WERE KEPT FROM BEING DEMOLISHED 4/29/1956 GRANT AVE OPENED AND A TRAIN EXTENDED OVER EXISTING BMT FULTON ST EL TO LEFFERTS 4/29/56 BMT #17 TRAIN PHASED OUT DUE TO SEVERED TRACKS AT ATLANTIC AVE ON CANARSIE LINE 4/30/1956 THE CONNECTION FROM ROCKAWAY BLVD TO THE OLD LIRR ROCKAWAY BRANCH OPENED IND SERVICE TO THE ROCKAWAYS 6/28/56 - PRESENT LIRR CONNECTION SEVERED, NEW TERMINAL IS MOTT AVE, FAR ROCKAWAY JAN 16, 1958 MORE REMNANTS OF FULTON ST EL USED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 40 YEARS IN 2003 ATLANTIC AVE WAS THE REMNANT OF THE FULTON EL ATLANTIC AVE NOW CONNECTS WITH THE L TRAIN IN 2003 - PRESENT THE REMAINS OF THE FULTON ST EL CONNECTION SOUTH OF ATLANTIC AVE WAS DEMOLISHED 2004


REMNANTS OF BMT/IRT ELS NOW USED ONLY FOR THE IRT #7 LINE

9 THE FLUSHING EL SHUTTLE THE FLUSHING EL CONNECTED WITH THE IRT SECOND AVE EL VIA QUEENSBORO BRIDGE 4/23/1917 THE IRT SECOND AVE EL #4 TRAIN WENT FROM SOUTH FERRY TO WILLETS POINT 7/23/1917 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER NOV 1, 1918 THE (BRT) REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 ADDITIONALLY, THE BMT LINE SERVED CORONA LINE FROM MAIN STREET TO QUEENSBORO PLAZA 1924 BMT LINE NAMED BMT #9 TRAIN 1924 BMT #9 TRAIN WENT FROM QUEENSBORO PLAZA TO WILLETS POINT 1924 EXTENDED TO 111ST 10/13/25 THE SUBWAY SERVICE EXTENDED TO MAIN STREET FLUSHING 1/21/1928 THE CORONA SHOPS OPENED 1928 THE WORLD'S FAIR IRT CARS MADE THEIR DEBUT 4/24/1939 QUEENSBORO BRIDGE CEASED CONNECTIONS WITH SECOND AVE EL 6/13/1942 THE SUBWAY SERVICE BECAME THE MAIN ROUTE ON THE EL 1948 SUBWAY SERVICE WAS LATER KNOWN AS THE 7 TRAIN IN 1948 7 TRAIN WENT FROM TIMES SQUARE TO MAIN ST 1948 - PRESENT ROUTES THRU QUEENSBORO PLAZA WERE CONSOLIDATED, NORTHERN PORTION OF STRUCTURE TORN DOWN 1949 BMT #9 TRAIN PHASED OUT. THE SUBWAY SERVICE BECAME THE SOLE ROUTE ON THE EL 1949 STEINWAY TUNNEL WAS SUPPOSED TO RUN TO APPROXIMATELY 42st AND 10th AVE BACK IN 1887 7 TRAIN WAS EXTENDED TO 34th STREET - ELEVENTH AVE CALLED HUDSON YARDS ON 9/13/2015


BMT SERVICES PHASED OUT THROUGH THE YEARS

1a THE BRIGHTON LINE - ASTORIA EL (via tunnel) THE BRIGHTON LINE CONNECTED WITH THE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY 8/1/1920 BRIGHTON LINE NORMAL OPERATION OF LOCAL SERVICE RENAMED BMT #1a TRAIN IN 1927 - 1949 THIS LINE WAS USED BY BMT #1a, 1b, AND 1c TRAINS 1927 BMT #1a WENT VIA THE MONTAGUE ST TUNNEL 1927 BMT #1a WENT FROM LEXINGTON AVE TO STILLWELL VIA BRIGHTON 1927 - 1949 BMT #1a TERMINATED AT LEXINGTON / 59TH STREET PRIOR TILL 1949 THE BMT #8 WENT FROM QUEENSBORO PLAZA - DITMARS ON ASTORIA EL PRIOR 1927 - 1949 AM RUSH HOUR SPECIALS BEGAN TO CHAMBERS VIA THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE 1930s A NEW 60th STREET TUNNEL WAS OPENED TO COMBINE THE BMT# 1a AND BMT #8 SERVICES 10/17/1949 BMT #1a TRAIN WAS EXTENDED TO ASTORIA EL UPON CONVERSION OF LINE TO FULL BMT USE 10/17/49 BMT #1 TRAIN, QT, AND RR WERE THRU ROUTED TO THE ASTORIA EL PHASING OUT BMT #8 TRAIN TO DITMARS 10/17/1949
1c THE BRIGHTON LINE - QUEENS BLVD SUBWAY THE BRIGHTON LINE CONNECTED WITH THE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY 8/1/1920 BRIGHTON LINE EXPRESS SERVICE VIA MANHATTAN BRIDGE RENAMED BMT #1c TRAIN 1924 BMT #1c WENT FROM TIMES SQUARE TO BRIGHTON BEACH VIA MONTEGUE TUNNEL 1924 - 1957 THIS WAS AN EXPRESS SERVICE VIA THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE ON WEEKDAYS IN 1924 BMT #1b TERMINATED AT 57TH STREET TILL 1948 - 1959 WEEKDAY BMT #1c LOCALS EXTENDED THROUGH NEW CONNECTION WITH IND QUEENS BLVD LINE AND CALLED QT 12/1/1955 QT WENT FROM STILLWELL TO FOREST HILLS 12/1/1955 SATURDAY BMT #1 EXPRESS ALSO EXTENDED TO ASTORIA TO REPLACE LOCALS WHICH THEN RAN TO CHAMBERS VIA TUNNEL ON 5/4/1957 QT LOCAL VIA MANHATTAN BRIDGE SWITCHED TO LOCAL TRACK AT PRINCE ST AND NIGHT SERVICE MOVED FROM TUNNEL TO BRIDGE 10/24/1957 LOCAL BMT #1b RENAMED BMT #1 AND RAN TO FRANKLYN 6/6/1959 BMT QT SERVICE PHASED OUT FROM QUEENS BLVD SUBWAY IN 1964
QT THE BRIGHTON LINE - ASTORIA EL (via tunnel) QT MOVED TO ASTORIA EL 11/15/1960 QT WAS A COMBINATION BROADWAY SERVICES BMT #1a MERGED WITH THE BMT #8 ON 11/15/1960 QT EXTENDED TO STILLWELL AVE VIA BRIGHTON LINE 11/15/1960 QT RAN FROM DITMARS TO STILLWELL 11/15/1960 QT RAN FROM ATLANTIC AVE / BARTLEYS CENTER TO DITMARS 11/15/1960 SATURDAYS, QT RAN TO FRANKLYN WHILE Q EXPRESS TO ASTORIA 1/1/1961 Q RAN FROM 57ST TO BRIGHTON BEACH 1/1/61 QB RAN OTHER TIMES DURING THE WEEK 1/1/61 EXPRESS TRACKS OUT OF SERVICE FOR PLATFORM EXTENSIONS TO IND STANDARDS 2/10/64 TO 11/2/64 QT PHASED OUT FROM ASTORIA EL 11/27/1967 A NEWER QJ SERVICE TOOK OVER FROM 168TH JAMICA - STILLWELL 11/26/1967 THE QJ ENDED 12/30/1972 BUT EVOLVED INTO TODAY'S J TRAIN
3a THE BROADWAY WEST END LINE THE BROOKLYN, BATH, AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD THIS RAILROAD WAS PULLED BY HORSES IN ITS EARLY BEGINNINGS 1864 SERVICE WENT FROM 25ST AND 5TH AVE TO 65ST AND NEW UTRICT'S BATH JUNCTION IN BROOKLYN 1864 THE LINE REACHED CONEY ISLAND AND WAS THE FIRST TO REACH THE ATLANTIC IN 1867 EVENTUALLY, THEY WENT FROM HORSES TO STEAM ENGINES 1860s A BRANCH WAS BUILT FROM 5TH AVE AND 38ST TO 2ND AVE AND 39ST AS A FERRY CONNECTION IN 1885 THE BROOKLYN BATH AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN, BATH, AND WEST END RAILROAD IN 1885 WHEN FIFTH AVE EL REACHED 5TH AVE AND 36ST, RAILROAD WAS ABANDONED NORTH OF 36ST IN 1889 TRAINS RAN FROM TWO BRANCHES IN 1889 BRANCH 1 WAS FROM THE FERRIES TO TIVOLI'S HOTEL IN CONEY ISLAND 1889 BRANCH 2 WAS FROM THE JUNCTION OF FIFTH AVE EL TO TIVILI'S HOTEL IN CONEY ISLAND 1889 THE TWO BRANCHES JOINED AT NEW UTRICT AND FT HAMILTON PKWAY IN 1889 THE WEST END RAILROAD SHARED UNION TERMINAL AT 36ST AND 5TH AVE WITH THE PROSPECT PARK AND CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD WITH A STAIWAY TO THE FIFTH AVE EL
AUGUST, 1890
THE RAILROAD WAS ELECTRIFIED USING TROLLY WIRE 11/10/1893 RAILROAD MERGED WITH ATLANTIC AVE RAILROAD IN 1893 ATLANTIC AVE RAILROAD STARTED RUNNING STREETCARS ON THE LINE NOV 1893 RAILWAY POST OFFICE SERVICE WAS BEGUN ON THE WEST END IN 1894 NASSAU ELECTRIC COMPANY MERGED WITH THE ATLANTIC AVE RAILROAD IN 1898 THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TOOK OVER 1898 THE BROOKLYN, BATH, AND WEST END RAILROAD CONNECTED WITH THE FIFTH AVE EL 1901 BRT ELEVATED TRAINS BEGAN USING THE WEST END SURFACE ROUTE USING TROLLY POLES CONNECTED FROM A RAMP AT 36ST FROM THE FIFTH AVE EL 1901 IT WENT FROM WEST END TERMINAL TO PARK ROW VIA THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE 1901 TRACKS ON MANHATTAN BRIDGE WERE CONSTRUCTED BUT USED FOR TEMPORARY TROLLIES IN 1912 WEST END RAILROAD SEVERED FROM FIFTH AVE EL 1913 THE OLD SURFACE WEST END RAILROAD WAS DISMANTLED 1913 SOME PARTS OF IT WERE USED FOR TROLLIES 1913 TO 1947 THE PRESENT DAY WEST END EL WAS REBUILT IN BROOKLYN 1916 TODAY'S WEST END LINE CONNECTED WITH THE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY 6/24/1916 SERVICE BEGAN FROM 18TH AVE TO CHAMBERS 6/24/1916 SERVICE EXTENDED TO 25TH AVE 7/29/1916 BROADWAY SERVICE ADDED TO 14ST 9/4/1917 CHAMBERS ST SERVICE WAS SUSPENDED UNTIL REST OF NASSAU ST LOOP WAS COMPLETED 9/4/1917 STEEL CARS REPLACED WOODEN 5TH AVE EL CARS FROM CHAMBERS IN 1917 SERVICE RAN TO UNION SQUARE IN 1917 ASTORIA EL SERVED SECOND AVE EL 7/23/1917 - 6/13/1942 BROADWAY SERVICE EXTENDED TO 14ST 9/4/1917 BROADWAY SUBWAY EXTENDED TO TIMES SQUARE ON 1/15/1918 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER ON 11/1/1918 THE WEST END STARTED GOING TO STILLWELL AVE TERMINAL IN 1919 WOODEN CAR SHUTTLES RAN FROM BAY PARKWAY TO CONEY ISLAND AT RUSH HOURS BECAUSE OF STEEL CAR SHORTAGE 1919 - 1953 PART TIME SERVICE TO 57ST ELIMINATED 1920 THE (BRT) WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 WEST END LINE NORMAL OPERATION OVER THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE RENAMED BMT #3a TRAIN IN 1924 BMT #3a TRAIN WENT FROM TIMES SQUARE TO STILLWELL 1924 WEST END LINE WAS UNIFIED INTO THE NYC TRANSIT SYSTEM 6/1/1940 THE BB TRAIN OPENED FROM 168 ST TO 34 ST 12/15/1940 168ST TO 34ST WAS THE GENERAL ROUTE FOR THE BB TRAIN 1940 - 1967 THE ORIGINAL WEST END RAILROAD TRACKS PHASED OUT ITS TROLLY SERVICE ON HARWAY AVE, BROOKLYN IN 1947 ALL EXPRESS 3a TRAINS WENT FROM 57ST TO STILLWELL AVE 5/2/1957 EXPRESS SERVICE 3a ELIMINATED MIDDAYS REPLACED BY THE EXTENDED 3b LOCALS TO STILLWELL 5/28/1959 3a TRAIN RENAMED T TRAIN 1/1/1961
T THE WEST END LINE BMT #3a TRAIN RENAMED T TRAIN 1/1/1961 T TRAIN BRIDGED THE WEST END EL WITH THE ASTORIA EL 1/1/1961 T WENT FROM DITMARS TO STILLWELL 1961 - 1967 RUSH HOUR T EXPRESS TO ASTORIA WAS USED 1/1/1961 RUSH HOUR SATURDAY T EXPRESS USED UNTIL 4/2/1962 T TRAIN BRIDGED THE WEST END WITH THE ASTORIA EL 1964 - 1967 T WENT FROM DITMARS TO STILLWELL AVE 1964 - 1967 THE CHRYSTIE ST CONNECTON ALLOWED IND TRAINS TO CONNECT WITH THE BMT TRACKS 11/26/1967 BB TRAIN RENAMED B AND EXTENDED OVER MANHATTAN BRIDGE 11/26/1967 T TRAIN PHASED OUT OF SERVICE REPLACED BY THE B TRAIN 11/26/1967 - 2001
14 THE BROADWAY - BROOKLYN SHORTLINE THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT TOOK OVER (BRT) JULY 28, 1906 (BRT) RENAMED THE CANARSIE LINE AND ELECTRIFIED JULY 28, 1906 IT RAN FROM BROADWAY FERRY TO CANARSIE SHORE IN 1906 IT OPENED FOR BRT SERVICE AS ANOTHER SERVICE FROM ROCKAWAY PARKWAY TO WILLIAMSBURG VIA THE BROADWAY EL WEST OF ATLANTIC AVE 1906 LINE EXTENDED OVER WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE TO ESSEX 9/16/1908 IT REACHED CANAL STREET 8/14/1913 CANARSIE LINE CUTBACK TO ROCKAWAY PKWAY 10/17/1913 AT ROCKAWAY PARKWAY, THERE WAS A TRANSFER TO STREETCARS THE REST OF THE WAY TO CANARSIE VIA THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN LINE (J, Z) AND CANARSIE LINE (L) SURFACE TRACKS TO CANARSIE SHORE BECAME A STREET CAR LINE, LATER THE B42 BUS 10/17/1913 ACCESS TO THE ROCKAWAYS LIRR BRANCH WAS PERMANENTLY SEVERED IN 1916 BROADWAY FERRY TERMINAL CLOSED IN 1917 (BRT) WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE OF MALBORNE ST DISASTER 11/1/1918 RUSH HOUR BROADWAY SHORTLINE SERVICE WENT FROM EASTERN PARKWAY TO ESSEX 1920s LOCALS RAN FROM ATLANTIC OR EASTERN PKWAY TO ESSEX 1920s THE (BRT) WAS REORGANIZED AS THE BROOKLYN MANHATTAN TRANSIT IN 1923 THE 14ST SEGMENT WAS BUILT FROM SIXTH AVE TO MONTROSE 6/30/1924 BROADWAY SHORTLINE RENAMED BMT #14 TRAIN 1924 - 1967 BMT #14 TRAIN WENT FROM CANAL TO ROCKAWAY PKWAY 1924 UNTIL 1967 THE 14ST SEGMENT OF LINE WAS CONNECTED TO CANARSIE LINE ON 7/14/1928 THIS SEGMENT OF TRACK EXTENDED THE BMT #16 TRAIN 1928 WHEN 14ST SEGMENT CONNECTED, BMT #14 TRAIN WAS RENAMED THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN 1928 THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN SERVICE WAS DIMINISHED WHEN 14ST LINE CONNECTED TO CANARSIE LINE IN 1928 TROLLY SERVICE PHASED OUT FROM ESSEX ST STATION DEC 1948 THE BMT #14 TRAIN WAS RENAMED THE BROADWAY SHORTLINE IN 1948 THE SATURDAY SERVICE ENDED ON 12/1/1951 SOME TRAINS RAN TO CRESCENT ON THE JAMAICA LINE 8/26/1956 THE BMT #14 TRAIN WAS KNOWN AS THE BROADWAY BROOKLYN LOCAL IN 1959 SKIP STOP SERVICE WAS REDUCED TO A FEW PUT IN AND OUTS 6/18/59 BMT #14 TRAIN PHASED OUT DUE TO SEVERED TRACK CONNECTIONS AT ATLANTIC AVE BETWEEN THE JAMAICA EL AND CANARSIE LINE 11/27/1967
JJ THE JAMAICA LOCAL BMT #14 PHASED OUT DUE TO SEVERED TRACK CONNECTIONS AT ATLANTIC AVE BETWEEN THE JAMAICA EL AND CANARSIE LINE 11/27/1967 BMT #14 RENAMED JJ 11/27/1967 THE JJ LINE BECAME THE LOCAL SERVICE ALONG THE JAMAICA EL 1967 THE JJ WENT FROM CANAL TO 168ST OR CRESCENT 11/27/67 JJ WAS USED AS A SKIP STOP SERVICE 11/27/1967 THE LOCAL JJ SERVICE WAS DISCONTINUED 6/30/1968
NX THE SEA BEACH - BRIGHTON EXPRESS THE NX TRAIN WENT FROM BRIGHTON BEACH TO 57ST MANHATTAN 11/27/1967 IT WENT FROM BRIGHTON BEACH, STOPPING AT OCEAN PKWAY, W8ST, THEN STILLWELL TO 59ST BROOKLYN, ALONG THE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY ACROSS MANHATTAN BRIDGE TO BROADWAY LINE TO 57ST 11/27/1967 THE TA WANTED TO ADD STOPS AT 86ST, AVE U AND KINGS HWAY ALONG THE SEA BEACH LINE TO GET MORE PASSENGERS BUT NO LUCK NX PHASED OUT SERVICE DUE TO LACK OF RIDERSHIP 4/12/1968 MIDDLE TRACKS OF SEA BEACH LINE NOW USED FOR TEST TRAINS 1968 - PRESENT
THE SUNNY SUMMER SUNDAY SPECIAL IT WENT FROM CHAMBERS, OVER THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE TO THE FOURTH AVE SUBWAY, THEN THE MIDDLE TRACKS OF THE SEA BEACH LINE TO STILLWELL AVE THEN IT CONTINUED ON THE MIDDLE TRACKS OF THE BRIGHTON LINE EXPRESS TO PROSPECT PARK, THEN ALONG THE FRANKLYN SHUTTLE TO FULTON ST MAY 1924 DURING THE WEEK, IT WENT FROM STILLWELL AVE LOCAL TO KINGS HWAY ALONG THE SEA BEACH LINE, THEN NON-STOP TO 59ST BROOKLYN 8/1/1924 PHASED OUT SERVICE DUE TO LOW RIDERSHIP SEPT 1952


LINES WORTH MENTIONING HERE

THE BEACH PNEUMATIC TUBE SYSTEM BUILT A SUBWAY UNDER BROADWAY BETWEEN WARREN AND MURRAY STREETS IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN 1869 ALFRED E. BEACH DESIGNED A PNEUMATIC SYSTEM WHICH HE FELT WOULD BE VIABLE FOR UNDERGROUND TUNNELS HE APPLIED FOR A PERMIT FROM TAMMANY HALL BUT WAS DENIED. ELEVATED TRANSIT WAS CONSIDERED THE BETTER WAY AT THAT TIME HIS ONE BLOCK SUBWAY OPENED 2/26/1870 UNTIL 1873 BUT WASN'T PRACTICAL FOR A LARGER SYSTEM USING PNEUMATIC POWER
THE NEW YORK AND BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD TRACKS WENT FROM LOCUST GROVE (Cropsey Ave & 23rd st area), ALONG MARSHLANDS ADJACENT TO 86th STREET TO SHELL ROAD AND AVE X. THEN IT TURNED SOUTH ON W 3 ST TO SURF AVE / OCEAN PARKWAY 1880 - 1881 TRAINS NEVER RAN ON THIS BRANCH BECAUSE OF QUESTIONABLE BRIDGE CONDITIONS FROM THE START RENAMED THE SEA BEACH AND BRIGHTON BEACH RAILROAD FROM 86TH STREET JUNCTION AT AVE W TO OCEAN PARKWAY / SURF AVE 1886 - 1887 PORTIONS OF THIS RAILROAD WERE USED AS THE EXPERIMENTAL BOYNTON BICYCLE RAILWAY FROM BOYNTON PLACE TO OCEAN PARKWAY / SURF AVE, BRIGHTON BEACH VIA W 3 ST 1890 - 1892



TRANSFER HERE TO LEARN ABOUT THESE BMT LINES

THE SEA BEACH LINE (BMT #4)
CULVER - FIFTH AVE EL (BMT #5b)
THE BRIGHTON - SECOND AVE SUBWAY
THE WEST END - FIFTH AVE EL
FOURTH AVE SUBWAY ASTORIA (BMT #2)
FRANKLYN SHUTTLE (BMT #7)
THE JAMAICA EL - (BMT #15)
MYRTLE-CHAMBERS - WEST END (BMT #10)
JAMAICA EL SKIP STOP SERVICE
THE CANARSIE LINE (BMT #16)
THE FULTON ST EL - (BMT #13)
ASTORIA EL - BROADWAY SUBWAY
THE CONEY ISLAND ELEVATED
ASTORIA EL SHUTTLE (BMT #8)
FLUSHING EL SHUTTLE (BMT #9)
14TH - FULTON ST EL (BMT #17)
THE M BANKERS SPECIAL (brighton)
BROOKLYN SHORTLINE (BMT #14)
THE M BANKERS SPECIAL (fourth ave)
LEXINGTON AVE EL (BMT #12)
FIFTH AVENUE EL - (BMT #6)
BROADWAY - WEST END LINE (BMT #3a)
CULVER - NASSAU EXPRESS - (BMT #5a)
WEST END-NASSAU EXPRESS (BMT #3b)
SUNNY SUMMER SUNDAY SPECIAL
MYRTLE-CHAMBERS / BRIGHTON BEACH
BRIGHTON LINE VIA TUNNEL (BMT #1a)
THE MYRTLE AVE EL - (BMT #11)
SEA BEACH - BRIGHTON EXPRESS
MYRTLE-CHAMBERS / FOURTH AVE

BOYNTON BICYCLE RAILROAD
THE BAY RIDGE BRANCH (X train)
BEACH PNEUMATIC TRANSIT