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Tuscarora Almanac for April 7
Posted by IRTRedbirdR33 on Wed Apr 7 08:40:55 2021
Tuscarora Almanac - April 7-8, 1957 - The Book of Last Runs
Manhattan, New York
Queensborough Bridge Railway
This is the last day of operation of the Queensborough Bridge Railway connecting Long Island City with midtown Manhattan with a stop at Welfare Island. It was also at that time the last streetcar line in New York State for the next twenty seven
years. The car fleet consisted of eight Brill Masters Units acquired from the Union Street Railway of New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1949. Car 601 made the final run in the early hours of April 8.
Source: New York Division Bulletin /April 2007, article by Mr. Bernard Linder
“Queensboro Plaza” wrote the following article:
I rode the Queensborough Bridge trolley on the last evening. I was six years old, and after dinner that night, my father said he had a surprise for me.
I had never ridden on a trolley car, and had always wanted to. My father and I had a kind of game, whenever we rode into Queenboro Plaza on the IRT, to look out the window, down through the tangle of defunct BMT tracks, to see if there was a trolley car at the Queens Plaza terminal, which was a kind of traffic island in the middle of Bridge Plaza. It was always a treat if I spotted one.
So this night, we got off the train at Queensboro Plaza, came down to the street and walked back to the trolley stop. I sat in front by the door so I could see the motorman and his controls. The trolley went over the bridge on the north outer roadway, stopping at the Welfare Island elevator building, then across and down into the underground terminal at Second Avenue. It made a kind of grinding sound, as I recall. I remember there were TV cameras filming in the underground terminal that night. After we got off, we walked up the stairs of one of the entrance ways to Second Avenue, then came back down and waited for the next car to come over, and I clearly remember the headlights shining in the dark as it came off the bridge ramp and around the loop track.
We returned to Queens on the south outer roadway, again stopping at Welfare Island, and that was my first and only trolley car ride until I visited San Francisco in 1979.
As an aside, does anyone remember the large "Photography Prohibited" sign that used to be at the Manhattan end of the Queensborough Bridge's pedestrian walkway? I think it was a remnant of WWII, but it was there for decades afterward.
Tuscarora Almanac – April 7, 1988 – The Book of First Runs
Brooklyn, New York
New York City Transit Authority
The first ten Kawasaki built R-68 A’s (5001-5010) arrive at the Red Hook Marine Terminal in Brooklyn.