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Re: Guess the Location...With a High Wire Act!

Posted by JOE @ NYCMTS - NYCTMG on Tue Nov 24 18:42:21 2020, in response to Re: Guess the Location...With a High Wire Act!, posted by Elkeeper on Mon Nov 23 11:35:48 2020.

Hello El Keep and guys.

that one was an easy one for me -- I spotted the neighborhood immediately (96th St & 2nd Ave)

The 2nd Ave El was built by a separate company than was the 3rd Ave El. Thus is stronger and different structure construction - using mostly phoenix round steel EL columns and very heavy cross girder spans.

It was desired to keep the tracks as level as possible throughout the lines route -- as to why so many sections of the EL were so high because the street dipped lower (hills and valleys, so to speak. Unlike the Manhattan 3rd Ave EL (my "EL") that followed the hills and dips of 3rd Avenue. I remember the old IRT EL trains of MUDC's and Q types groaning and whining under full power with full passenger loads to get up the 8 blocks long hill northbound from E. 76th Street Local EL Station to the E. 84th Street Local Station - the hill that ended at the south end of the 84th St Station platforms ! I lived right at that area. Anyway, glad to have helped solve the location.

Joe F

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