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Re: The Third Avenue El: Finale - April 28-29, 1973

Posted by William A. Padron on Mon Apr 29 14:06:13 2013, in response to Re: The Third Avenue El: Finale - April 28-29, 1973, posted by Larry,RedbirdR33 on Mon Apr 29 13:45:48 2013.

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The first news I heard about the El's demise was from the family of a schoolmate I was visiting at their home living nearby the 166th Street station. They told me that, and I was surprised to hear about it.

My own visual (i.e. television) memories had to come while watching it on WCBS-TV News by its last day in service. I did not buy the story from then MTA chairman William Ronan, as he told the reporter, that it outlived its usefulness! Then, there was this irate passenger commenting that they had no right to close the el, and this while riding inside a really packed R-12 car. Remember, it was 5,300 to 5,800 passengers a day the line was getting.

WCBS-TV's news report of the el on that last day started with an R-12 train leaving the Gun Hill Road station and rounding the curve going southbound onto Webster Avenue. It ended when a northbound train enters Gun Hill Road, and the M/M "dumps" it there, with the reporter saying, "It's time is now up!"

-William A. Padron
["Gun Hill Road"]

P.S. To Larry,RedbirdR33 = As a request, can you repost from your Book of First Runs, the day when the IND took over the Fulton Street El on that April 29, 1956 with those R-10's running and the car numbers? Thanks in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

-WAP
["Fulton-Lefferts Blvd."]


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