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

Posted by JOE @ NYCMTS - NYCTMG on Wed Dec 6 16:03:16 2017, in response to Re: Nighttime Shot of 3rd Ave El at 67th Street (1953), posted by Elkeeper on Wed Dec 6 15:20:16 2017.

Hello El Keeper

My memories of and exposure regularly to the shuttle are about 1951 onward as my father lived up the block from the Anderson Ave Station. Composites were already gone by then since early 1950.

As far as what doors were opened on the Composites -- being that the end doors were operated by those huge long external levers (via gears and rods in the vestibule ceiling)and required back bruising arm work, heh, and the center doors (as they were likewise on the steel body HI-V cars with manual-lever operated end vestibule doors) were remotely air operated by a tiny lever under the end face windows ..the conductor likely elected to stand between the 2 Composite cars, and use the simple small downward facing (left and right action) lever on both sides of him, to activate the air operated center doors. Makes sense. And less effort !

The ONLY advantage of the Polo Shuttle(other than the Ball Park Polo Grounds Stadium on GAME DAYS -- located next to the W.155th St EL Station) - would be for any passengers who wanted to get to either Sedgwick Avenue Station adjacent5 streets and houses (and to the NY Central Putnam line joint RR terminal station there) -- or the Anderson Avenue Station.. or to E. 167th Street Station on the IRT Jerome Ave EL (a shot shopping strip there and Loews Movie Theater)

Alternately, people could take the IND 8th Ave -Concourse line at W. 155th St, 8 Ave. Subway Station and ride that train east under the Harlem River to the Bronx and exit at E. 161St Station to get the IRT Jerome EL there.

Basically, from 1950 and progressively thru to its close in August 1958, the shuttle, other than on game days and "other" events held at the stadium, and likewise the AM & PM rush hours... did not see any significant amount of passengers, especially at late nights. And in its last year or so, was reduced to ONE TRACK running.

The close of the Putnam RR branch and the closing of the stadium spelled it doom and closure in August 1958 for what little ridership remained

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