KINGS COUNTY CENTRAL


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The Kings County Central ran from the east side of Prospect Park to a connection with the New York and Manhattan Beach Railway and operated for barely one year beginning 6/29/1878. It was built to provide seasonal service between Prospect Park and Manhattan Beach carrying freight deliveries of winter coal to the county buildings at Clarkson street. Coal was picked up at night at Bay Ridge dock and delivered there. It also provided year round passenger service to the cemetary and hospital complex. It was hoped to have been a very lucrative coal handling service all through winter for the residents of Flatbush and Flatlands.


Under Austin Corbin, the Kings County Central was reconfigured into a feeder line of the NY and Manhattan Beach Railroad. The coal contract still continued nightly to the county buildings and local residents were encoraged to use this service. The low 5 cent fare attracted riders and was very popular, especially when there was no public transportation in the area. Unfortunately, the Kings County Central wasn't interested in the needs of the people once Austin Corbin extended the line into his Manhattan Beach Division. Instead, he were hoping to make his railroad a rival to the Brooklyn, Flatbush, and Coney Island Railroad (Brighton line) during the coming summer season. The Brighton line was only days away from completion causing the Kings County Central to last only one season.


The last known occasion trains ran across those tracks was up until January 1879 when a load of manure was delivered to two local farmers. The Kings County Central went into bankrupcy the following month, It was the shortest lived steam railroad in the entire LIRR network and tracks were pulled up soon after. (Below you'll see a map of the Kings County Central highlighted in blue.)


Kings County Central, Brooklyn 1878


Kings County Central

PROSPECT PARK (east side of Flatbush Ave between Empire Blvd and Washington Place) Kings County Central (Brooklyn) surface route opened 6/29/1878 as a steam railroad - LIRR took over Kings County Central in 1878 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division closed 1/1879 -
NOSTRAND AVE (northeast corner of Nostrand and Empire Blvd) Kings County Central (Brooklyn) surface route opened 8/3/1878 as a steam railroad - LIRR took over Kings County Central in 1878 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division closed 1/1879 -
COUNTY BUILDINGS (Southside of Clarkson street between New York ave and E 34 st) Kings County Central (Brooklyn) surface route opened 6/29/1878 as a steam railroad - LIRR took over Kings County Central in 1878 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division closed 1/1879 -
CHURCH AVE Kings County Central (Brooklyn) surface route opened 6/29/1878 as a steam railroad - LIRR took over Kings County Central in 1878 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division closed 1/1879 -
HOLY CROSS CEMETARY Kings County Central (Brooklyn) surface route opened 6/29/1878 as a steam railroad - LIRR took over Kings County Central in 1878 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division closed 1/1879 -
KINGS COUNTY CENTRAL JUNCTION (New York Ave) Bay Ridge branch (Brooklyn) Greenpoint branch opened as surface steam railroad 1876 surface route for Bay Ridge and Kings County Central branches also opened 6/29/1878 as steam railroads this was a transfer point for these divisions LIRR took over Kings County Central in 1878 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division station closed 1/1879
MANHATTAN BEACH JUNCTION (west side of Ocean Ave) Bay Ridge branch (Brooklyn) surface route opened with steam locomotives 7/1877 LIRR took over Kings County Central in 1878 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division until 1/1879 surface route dismantled to make way for current open cut similar to Sea Beach N and Brighton lines Q in 1914, closed 5/14/1924 an abandoned LIRR branch considered for becoming a new subway line called the X train future (X)
SOUTH GREENFIELD (Ave M and Chestnut Ave) Manhattan beach branch (Brooklyn) Greenpoint branch and New York and Manhattan Beach Railway opened July 1877, Kings County Central ran here 1878 until 1/1879 surface steam locomotives served this railroad July 1877 - 1879, reopened 1889 LIRR took over Manhattan Beach route 6/2/1883 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division adjacent to today's East 18th street Kings County branch stopped coming here 1879 Greenpoint branch closed 9/28/1885
SHEEPSHEAD BAY (Brighton Beach Race Course) Manhattan beach branch (Brooklyn) Greenpoint branch and New York and Manhattan Beach Railway opened July 1877 as surface steam railroads, Kings County Central ran here 1878 until 1/1879 LIRR took over Manhattan Beach route 6/2/1883 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division, Sheepshead Bay also served as the terminal for the Marine Railway 1913 - 1921 also served Brighton Beach race course at Brighton 10th street, Ocean Parkway, Coney Island Ave and Brighton Beach Blvd 6/28/1879 - 1908, became a race car course 1908 - 1920s Kings County branch stopped coming here 1879 Greenpoint branch closed 9/28/1885
MANHATTAN BEACH HOTEL Manhattan beach branch (Brooklyn) Greenpoint branch and New York and Manhattan Beach Railway opened 7/1877, Kings County Central ran here 1878 until 1/1879 surface steam locomotives served this railroad 7/1877 behind Manhattan Beach Hotel LIRR took over Manhattan Beach route 6/2/1883 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division new station built 1909 at West End Ave and Oriental Blvd till 5/14/1924 hotel closed 1907, train station served as a gas station until 1938
ORIENTAL HOTEL Manhattan beach branch (Brooklyn) opened 1878 as a surface route steam railroad LIRR took over Manhattan Beach route 6/2/1883 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division, it opened several blocks east of Manhattan Beach station storm destroyed eastern part of line near Oriental Hotel 2/16/1885 this part of the line was never rebuilt again hotel closed 1916


Manhattan Beach hotel, Coney Island - Brooklyn


OTHER BRANCHES OF THE MANHATTAN BEACH DIVISION

BAYRIDGE BRANCH:
GREENPOINT (Evergreen) BRANCH:
KINGS COUNTY CENTRAL:
MARINE RAILWAY:
CULVER BRANCH:
MANHATTAN BEACH BRANCH:

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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