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Re: Subway route letter uses

Posted by IRTRedbirdR33 on Thu Oct 24 09:00:11 2019, in response to Re: Subway route letter uses, posted by zac on Wed Oct 23 21:48:44 2019.

Zac: It took nearly tens years from ground breaking to the actual opening of the Chrystie Street subway. Yet it would seem that the planning for the new routes was done within the last six months before November 1967. (I exagerate a bit but not much). A flyer was issued listing the new services but neglected to include the "NX". (Was this a Freudian slip or did they know that this train was never going to last). There was clearly inadequate training of operating personnel. The train crews and towerman were unfamiliar with the new routes. Witness the case of a ten car "D" train arriving at the Broadway-Canal Street station which was only eight cars long.

Its well to remember that Chrystie Street was a three part play. The first part in November 1967 saw the opening of the 6th Avenue-Manny B connection. The second act was the July 1969 opening of the 6th Avenue-Willy B connection and the extension of the Sixth Avenue line to 57th Street. The third and last part came in August 1969 with the start of express service on the Smith Street and Culver lines and the the re-extension of Brighton Local service to Coney Island.

So the period between November 1967 and July 1968 was something of an interim operating period with temporary services, i.e. NX, RJ and TT among others. The "RJ" did replace the Fourth Avenue-Nassau Street (M/S) which had operated prior to November. I do not know why they ran it all the way to Jamaica.

Larry, RedbirdR33


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