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New York's only PCC's/trolley-dodgin' days in the boroughs
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:19 pm    Post subject: New York's only PCC's/trolley-dodgin' days in the boroughs Reply with quote

Fellows:

From the mid-1930's until the last vestiges of the once-vast streetcar network in Brooklyn were motorized in 1956, the B&QT's PCC's had the distinction of being the only PCC's to operate in New York.

Only 100 prewar cars ever operated in Brooklyn; though St. Louis-built trolley buses were delivered after the War, no orders for new postwar PCC's for Brooklyn were ever placed (former Mayor LaGuardia vowed that all streetcars in New York would be gone by 1960.

For now, let's take a nostalgic look back to the days when sleek PCC's were still common, everyday sights in Brooklyn......

"NYO"


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When this photo was snapped post-1944, the B&QT's streetcars that crossed the Brooklyn Bridge to Park Row had been shifted over to the former El tracks (the BMT El trains stopped crossing the bridge in 1944)

The final streetcars over the BB ran in 1950........

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt099.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Park Row trolley loops, circa-1950.

Until it was torn down in 1944, the massive BMT elevated terminal sheltered these loops from the elements.......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt081.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another postwar view of a PCC leaving the Brooklyn Bridge, via the former BMT elevated tracks......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt125.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a circa-1955 view of Church Avenue & E. 93rd; note the old "TROLLEY STATION" sign, once a commonplace fixture in Brooklyn, mounted on the pole.......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt064.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the only CLARK-built PCC in the B&QT fleet, #1000 had a distinctive look that set it apart from the rest of the PCC fleet........

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt058.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A somewhat battered #1042, rolling along weed-grown private trackage, leading to the 1st Avenue loop.......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt098.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like either an ERA or NRHS fan trip might be in progress, here; note the train of prewar IND cars rumbling along overhead......

https://newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt087.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCC #1036 is seen here climbing up from the underpass at Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway.

After streetcar service ended, the rails were removed and shipped to the Branford (Shore Line) trolley museum, and the underpass itself was filled in........

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt074.htm

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CLARK-built #1000, at the now long-since demolished 9th Avenue depot......

http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt297.htm

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

#1002 here dwarfs a passing FORD bus.......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt326.htm

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here #1000 sits on the loop of the Church-Gravesend short-turn terminal.......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt299.htm

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#1010 was unique in the fleet as it was the only PCC to be equipped with an "Old Look"-style roof ventilator........

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt346.htm

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The "Flash Gordon-ish", pre-PCC, experimental streamliner #5300......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt653.htm

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In this post-1944 view (looking west), a PCC has just left the Park Row loops and is crossing the Brooklyn Bridge; by this time, the streetcars had been shifted over to the former BMT elevated tracks, and the former streetcar tracks on the vehicular roadways had been paved over to allow for an additional traffic lane in each direction.

Demolition of the massive Park Row and Sands Street elevated terminal buildings began after the El trains made their last runs across the bridge in 1944......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt362.htm

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