on Fri Jul 27 17:28:11 2012, in response to Re: Elevated, posted by randyo on Fri Jul 27 15:16:15 2012.
I always wondered why the Manhattan Elevated Railway was electrified with elevated type third rail, instead of IRT subway rail. The 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 9th Ave els were electrified (in that order) between 12/20/01 and 02/18/03. Less than 2 months later, on 04/01/03, the IRT leased the MER for 999 years. It would have been much easier if subway type third rail had been used by both. Perhaps, the leasing talks began after the MER had begun electrification- which is my guess. So, the IRT had to install both types of rail on Jerome Ave and White Plains Road lines. Finally, if I am not mistaken, didn't the directors of the Manhattan Railway sit on the Interboro Board, after the lease was signed?