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

Posted by JOE @ NYCMTS - NYCTMG on Thu Dec 7 14:04:16 2017, in response to Re: Nighttime Shot of 3rd Ave El at 67th Street (1953), posted by qveensboro_plaza on Thu Dec 7 11:32:23 2017.

Hello Queensboro plaza

THANKS for that very interest point and picture of the still remaining corner building !

Hwoever, see below for a correction on your message:

BELOW -- This IS NOT a Composite Car - its a Manhattan Elevated IRT MUDC EL Motor Car (see the SECOND PHOTO further down)

BELOW -- This IS A Composite car seen at the south end head of a train on same, in view looking northeast on the S/B Platform of 3rd Ave El E. 161st Street local Station, about 1948 The same building (with side sign) can be seen as in top photo.

I have driven my car up and down along the present Bronx 3rd Avenue in very recent times (last year and previous a few years) and am astounded at how much of the original tenements and buildings I remember well "By the EL" (heh)--as being "land marks" for EL scene location identifications -- from the 1950's thru 1970's, are now long gone.

Many new (plain bland light colored and tan, red modern brick fronts) buildings and stores have arisen and the Avenue is significantly changed from my close association with my frequent riding and photographing the EL extensively during 1950's thru Bronx closing April 1973) and demolition (1974 thru 1976). Even the former E. 161st St EL Substation was demolished in the mid 2000's

Here is treat for you - a great photo in my collection from Oct. 1914, looking north along the S/B Local track, to the ORIGINAL E.161st St Station, as all the stations on the line were built when new (as "The Suburban Railway" in 1890's -- later converted to an outside platforms station in 1915 when the 3rd center express track was added to the entire line from E. 133rd Street to Bronx Park Terminal

The two local tracks seen in the photo below remained intact and were the same tracks 1917 and beyond after the structure rebuilding.

The center platform station was removed for the new express track to pass thru -- the same center track the trains in the top two photos are seen sitting on. And the same building (with side wall sign) is seen at right as seen in the top two photos.

And at left is the then fairly new (since 1900) E.161St Street EL Power Substation, which long lasted past the EL's demise until the mid 2000's.

regards - Joe F


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