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Tuscarora Almanac for December 6
Posted by IRTRedbirdR33 on Mon Dec 6 08:32:47 2021
There is no Almanac posting for today. As a substitute here is one of the Dispatches.
Tuscarora Dispatch No. 5
IRT Service Changes April 1965
A new IRT schedule went into effect on Sunday, April 18, 1965. No.2 and No.5 trains exchanged terminals in The Bronx while No. 2 and No. 3 trains exchanged terminals in Brooklyn.
Prior to the changes No. 2 7th Avenue Express trains had run between Dyre Avenue and Flatbush Avenue from 6 AM to 8 PM, seven days a week. Trains ran between East 180th Street and Flatbush Avenue M-F 6 AM – 9 PM and S-S 6 AM to 12 midnight. Trains ran between East 241th Street and New Lots Avenue M-F 9 PM to 6 AM and S-S 12 midnight to 6 AM.
No. 3 7th Avenue Express trains ran between 145th Street-Lenox Avenue and New Lots Avenue M-F 6 AM – 9 PM and S-S 6 AM to 12 midnight. The 145th Street Shuttle ran between 145th Street and 135th Street M-F from 9 PM to 1 AM.
No. 5 Lexington Avenue Express ran on weekdays between East 241st Street and South Ferry (7-9 PM), Atlantic Avenue (9AM-4 PM) and Utica Avenue (6-9 AM, 4-7 PM). Weekend service ran between East 241th Street and South Ferry, Sat 8 AM to 12 midnight and Sunday 6 AM to 12 midnight. Early Saturday morning service ran to and from Utica Avenue or New Lots Avenue from 6 AM to 8 AM.
No. 5 Lexington Avenue Thru-Express ran on weekdays during rush hours in the direction of traffic between East 241th Street and Utica Avenue. These trains ran express in The Bronx between Gun Hill Road and 3rd Avenue stopping only at East 180th Street.
No. 9 Dyre Avenue Locals ran between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street from 8 PM to 6 AM seven days a week.
The Bowling Green Shuttle ran between Bowling Green and South Ferry (Inner Loop) M-F 6 AM to 7 PM and Saturday 6 AM – 8 AM.
No. 1 and 7 trains as well as the 3rd Avenue Local and the 42nd Street Shuttle were not affected by the changes.
After the service changes were implemented the following was in effect.
No. 2 trains would run between East 241th Street and New Lots Avenue at all times.
No. 3 trains would run as before except that the Brooklyn terminal was now Flatbush Avenue.
No. 5 Lexington Avenue Express trains would now terminate at Dyre Avenue from 6 AM to 8 PM seven days a week and at East 180th Street M-F 6 AM to 9 PM and S-S 6 AM to 12 midnight. Saturday morning service to Brooklyn was eliminated with all weekend trains running to South Ferry.
No. 5 Lexington Avenue Thru-Express would continue to operate to East 241th Street and Utica Avenue.
Effective May 3, 1965 they would run local north of East 180th Street.
No. 9 Dyre Avenue Locals would continue to operate but would now be designated as No. 5 trains.
Bowling Green Shuttle Saturday morning service was replaced by through No. 5 trains.
Some notes: The times that I have given are approximate. Sunday morning service actually began abot 7-8 AM. Note that late service began at 9 PM on weekdays and 12 midnight on weekends.
Sources: New York Division Bulletin / April 1965
World’s Fair Subway Map / 1964 and 1965 editions
“Better Subway Service for Bronx IRT Riders” / NYCTA 1965
Those of you of German descent may recall that December 6 was the feast day of Saint Nicholas aka Santa Claus. The day is sometime known as "Little Christmas". As a kid I lived in a neighborhood with a large German population and it was traditional to receive one gift on the day. Unfortunately St. Nicholas got busted back in the sixties and that was the end of that.