Hi everyone, and welcome to my trainbuff site!!
I am a train buff. Especially a subway and commuter railroad buff. I guess it started as a little boy in the late 50's/early 60's when both sets of grandparents used to take me from their respective homes in Brooklyn by subway to Manhattan and also back to my home on Long Island by the Long Island Rail Road.
|One grandmother lived on 20th Av, equidistant to the Sea Beach and the West End Lines of the BMT. I remember many a time when her or my aunt would take me to the Sea Beach Station where I would stand on the 20th Av overpass and watch & wave at the trains below. (I now bring my son Arthur to the overpass at Mineola Sta to do the same) I remember many times taking a BMT Standard on the Sea Beach and peaking through the window on the motorman's cab door watching him drive. (Guys at subtalk say the Sea Beach used D-Triplex cars in those days-They might be right, I don't remember them, I was young, But I definitely remember the standards!) When I was about 12 (around 1965) she moved to a building next to the Van Siclen (now Neptune Av) station on the "F" train where I rode on my favorite trains, the R1-R9.(the interior of which is the background to this site!!)|
My other grandmother originally lived
near Eastern Pkway where I actually
remember as a toddler the trackless
electric buses!!! She moved to Av Z
near the "F" then when I was about 8 she
moved to NY Av a block from the IRT
Newkirk Av Station on Nostrand.
(Unfortunately after the Low-V's stopped
going there) I would travel home on an
ancient electric LIRR train from
Flatbush Av to Hempstead, trains that
sounded like R1's or standard's or
Low-V's with a large mail or baggage
area behind the engineers cab.|
She eventually moved when I was a teenager to Far Rockaway (B.25 Street/Wavecrest) and I finally had an excuse to take that great line over the bridges to Rockaway!!
|As a teen I worked as a Vendor at Yankee, Shea, & Madison Sq Garden. Get your hotdogs here!!! I would take 2 buses to Jamaica from L.I. (remember the Hempstead Bus Co. and the Bee Line before MSBA?) where I would take the subways to work. To Shea you had the good ol' "7" train with its blue & white Worlds Fair colors. To Yankee you could either take the Jerome Av train (now the "4" with its breathtaking view of the stadium as it left the tunnel onto the el) or the "D" train with that great speedy nonstop ride between 59 Street and 125 Street on the ol' R1-R9.|
|A typical day off from school or work would take me on an all day exploration of the subway. I would walk from my house to Westbury LIRR station where I would take an ancient diesel train to Jamaica (riding behind the LOUD locomotive where the conductors never went!! Now I arrest people for fare-beating!!!) I would get off at Jamaica. (unless there was a connection to LIC on the Lower Montauk Branch-my favorite ride) In Jamaica I would take the Jamaica El at Sutphin (remember?) to Eastern Pkway/Bway Junction and change for the last remaining BMT Standards on the "LL" 14 Street Canarsie Line. (Except for the Franklyn Shuttle which also had Standards) Changing at Myrtle I would take the last remaining Q-cars on the Myrtle El to Jay Street. I would ride on many other trains during the day including the Culver Shuttle with its former SIRT cars (at the time I thought they were BMT Standards) and the Third Av El in the Bronx on the last remaining Low-V cars.|
I guess I started to lose
interest in the mid 70's because of:
|With the birth of my son Arthur I'm reliving my childhood through him. Now I have an excuse to ride the trains all day. I take him to the city at least once every two weeks. I take him all over. For instance I took him to the Coney Is Aquarium by train- the Brighton to and the West End from!!! The last time I took the West End before this was about 30 years ago to change for the Culver Shuttle at Ninth Av!!! I'll take the 'lil one to the 2nd Av Station on the "F" for a hot dog at Katz Deli or to the 5Av Sta on the "R" to go to FAO Schwartz (he goes right to the electric train section). Other times I'll take him out east on the LIRR. I'm thrilled that there are still 2 trains daily on the ol Montauk Branch to Long Island City through Queens even though all the stations between LIC & Jamaica have been discontinued. LIC is probably the only Station where you have t walk through a trainyard to get to your train.|
Is there something called tansit
archeology?? I love looking for remnants
of old lines!!! For instance as a Sgt in
Bedford Stuyvesant I see the old Myrtle
Av El station above the "J" station on
Broadway with the metal structure (with
no tracks) going to Lewis Av. I cannot
find any remnant of the Lexington Av
El-not even by the Gates Av Sta where it
joined the Bway El. However I do notice
Lexington Av is more industrial &
Commercial than surrounding streets. On
Long Island there is an old railroad
trestle just east of the Meadowbrook
Pkway where the old Central Line went
East of Country Life Press to Bethpage &
Farmingdale. I remember a RR crossing on
Hempstead Tnpk just north of the W.
Hempstead Station by IHOP, White Castle
& S. Klein's (now Shopper's Village) You
can still see the old right of way. And
Some other favorites:|
* Pictures of my son Arthur (then 3 yrs
old) at Mineola Station in the summer of
'99. Great shots of some old discontinued
diesel trains, some new tri-levels, and an
electric M-1 (or M-3) at the Main Street RR
crossing by Nassau Tower.|
* nycsubway.org- The best rapid transit site on the web!!! Everything about NYC transit & alot about transit worldwide!!!
* A CHAT FORUM on above site. A gathering of transit experts & buffs some of these guys know every car by number!!!!
* Railroad.net Great railroad site
* LIRR History.com Great LIRR site
* A good NY rail forum
* A great site on the no longer existing Central Branch of the LIRR
* Kevin Walsh's great site about remaining remnants of old NY
* Mark M. Oring's great NYC Transit site
* A Great LIRR site
* Links to live webcams with trains on them!!
* Website of "The Shoreline Trolley Museum" in Branford, Ct. (Get directions to it and
* The unofficial website of the New York and Atlantic Railroad The freight company on the LIRR
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