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

Posted by Larry,RedbirdR33 on Tue Apr 30 14:16:27 2013, in response to Re: The Third Avenue El: Finale - April 28-29, 1973, posted by Elkeeper on Sun Apr 28 14:47:11 2013.

I guess that we all forgot the passing of the Fulton street el on April 27th, 1956!

Elkeeper: I wonder how many of us on this board actually rode the Fulton Street El between East New York and Hudson Street. (The section that was abandoned in 1956) . That section was abandoned seventeen years before the 3 Avenue El. Many of us here have very good memories of the 3rd Avenue El. Throughout the 60's it was the one place where you could sill ride the First Generation IRT cars and it was the last of the five Manhattan Railway Els. I was fortunate to ride the el all the way to Chatham Square when I was very young and still have soon memories of it . The Bronx section lasted until I was 23 so I rode it quite often. Anyone who was old enough to remember riding the Fulton Street El would now be pushing 80.

When we lost the el in The Bronx we lost the last of the IRT elevateds. The only surviving elevated ROW is paradoxically is the now closed 162 Street Tunnel.

The Brooklyn guys were much more fortunate. Except for the Fifth Avenue El which is completely gone portions of most of the other elevated lines remain to this day.

The Lexington Avenue El between Gates Avenue and Cypress Hills.
The Myrtle Avenue El north of Broadway.
The Broadway - Brooklyn El between Marcy Avenue and Gates Avenue.
And the Fulton Street El between Hudson Street and Leffert Boulevard.

Its true that these lines have changed somewhat from when they were built but they still are running.

I guess its just the passage of time.

Larry, RedbirdR33


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