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Re: Nighttime Shot of 3rd Ave El at 67th Street (1953)

Posted by JOE @ NYCMTS - NYCTMG on Wed Nov 29 19:16:12 2017, in response to Re: Nighttime Shot of 3rd Ave El at 67th Street (1953), posted by MainR3664 on Wed Nov 29 17:59:09 2017.

Hello Main R3664

Yes... Weekday Night passenger service after 7PM and Weekend passenger service from Friday night after apprx. 7Pm thru 6AM Monday Morning, ended March 14, 1952 on the Manhattan 3rd Ave EL below E. 149th Street Express Station !

However - note that ALL local 3rd Ave El trains in the Bronx southward to and into the E. 149th Street Express Station, (which then in March 1952 still had its operational center express track thru the station) at night & weekend service periods only, had to then discharge passengers at 149th St S/B, and then proceed to travel south, empty, along the S/B local track from the E. 149th St Express Station, to the UPPER LEVEL of the (alley-way EL) E. 138th Street express station.

Then stop, change ends, and head back north and down to the Y switch at bottom of that center ramp track at the north end of the E. 143rd Street station, to switch over onto the N/B local track at E. 143rd Station LOWER LEVEL, and head north on the N/B local track to its N/B Island Platform platform at E. 149th Street Express Station !!!

Regarding this photo -- its either (and likely) mis-dated and could actually be in early 1952 prior to March 14th) - or it was shot in the winter of 1953 PRIOR to 7Pm end of daytime service, when it was already dark at that time.

However, as deserted as the Avenue is (pedestrians and traffic) in the rainy night photo scene, - and note the departing N/B local train at top right corner of photo - I suspect it IS mis-dated and was taken PRIOR to the March 14, 1952 night service closure...and is in fact, late at night (after 10PM or later). Remember, I lived in the East 80's along that line !

It may have been taken by the photographer to actually document the soon impending end of night time 3rd Ave EL train service !

regards - Joe F

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