MARINE RAILWAY


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Austin Corbin built a railway whose purpose was to provide transport between Manhattan Beach and other points on Coney Island. In 1878, a short rail extension was constructed from Manhattan Beach to Point Breeze at the eastern end of Coney Island. This line was known as the Marine Railway and it linked the Manhattan Beach hotel with a pavilion he built called Oriental hotel. Shortly afterward, he extended westward to Brighton Beach hotel. The full length line from Point Breeze to Brighton Beach was less than a mile long, but earned more money in proportion to its length than any other railroad in the country.


Like the Manhattan Beach Railway, the Marine Railway was built as narrow gauge, but later converted to standard gauge. It used NY & MB equipment and operated with NY & MB personnel. It survived until 2/16/1885 when the ocean deteriorated the right of way near Oriental hotel. Another storm on 11/25/1888 threatened the Marine Railway that the tracks had to be moved further north from the beach. Additionally, problems developed between the Marine Railway and hotel operators in Brighton Beach who built a barricade to prevent passengers from entering the property in 1896. To compensate the loss of intra-Coney Island service, the LIRR instituted a round-a-bout service so passengers could travel between Manhattan Beach and West Brighton. Trains would leave Manhattan Beach, head northbound along the Manhattan Beach line, turned west at Manhattan Beach junction (Ave I and E 16 st) and then south at Parkville and continued along the Prospect Park and Coney Island Railroad to West Brighton, a 35 minute journey!


The Marine Railway used steam up until 1905. Then it was converted into a trolly line between 1906 - 1913. In 1907 when the Brighton Beach line was built on today's embankment, the Marine Railway terminated at the Sheepshead Bay train station until 1921. Then it was rebuilt and moved away from Sheepshead Bay. On 6/10/1923, the Marine Railway was discontinued.


Marine Railway, Brooklyn


Marine Railway

BRIGHTON BEACH HOTEL via Marine Railway Marine Railway (Brooklyn) opened 1878 as a surface steam railroad LIRR took over Manhattan Beach route 6/2/1883 and ran trains as part of the Manhattan Beach Division, after hotel troubles - a round-a-bout service was later instituted so passengers could travel between West Brighton and Manhattan Beach Trains would leave Manhattan Beach, head northbound along the Manhattan Beach line, turned west at Manhattan Beach junction (Ave I and E 16 st) and then south at Parkville and continued along the Prospect Park and Coney Island Railroad to West Brighton in 1896 Marine Railway used steam up until 1905, converted into a trolly line between 1906 - 1913, the Marine Railway terminated at the Sheepshead Bay train station of the newly rebuilt Brighton line between 1913 until 1921 Marine Railway rebuilt and moved away from Sheepshead Bay, discontinued 6/10/1923
MANHATTAN BEACH HOTEL via Marine Railway Marine Railway (Brooklyn) original surface steam railroad of the New York and Manhattan Beach Railway 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, after hotel troubles - a round-a-bout service was later instituted so passengers could travel between West Brighton and Manhattan Beach trains would leave Manhattan Beach, head northbound along the Manhattan Beach line, turned west at Manhattan Beach junction (Ave I and E 16 st) and then south at Parkville and continued along the Prospect Park and Coney Island Railroad to West Brighton in 1896 Marine Railway used steam up until 1905, converted into a trolly line between 1906 - 1913, the Marine Railway terminated at the Sheepshead Bay train station of the newly rebuilt Brighton line at West End Ave and Oriental Blvd between 1909 until 1921, Marine Railway rebuilt and moved away from Sheepshead Bay, discontinued 6/10/1923 hotel closed 1907, train station served as a gas station until 1938
ORIENTAL HOTEL Marine Railway (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


Brighton Beach hotel, Coney Island - Brooklyn


Manhattan Beach hotel, Coney Island - Brooklyn


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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

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THE BAY RIDGE BRANCH (X train)
BEACH PNEUMATIC TRANSIT