The Elevated Railways of Manhattan
Eric R. Oszustowicz (2016)
“The Elevated Railways of Manhattan” counted as the 2013-2014 issues of
Headlights for members. It traces the colorful history of New York’s elevated railway system from its earliest steam days until its demise. There are 372 pages of rare photos, many in color, and never-before-seen rosters of incredible detail. Now in its second edition, this is a must-have collectible for classic rail enthusiasts and hobbyists alike. The gorgeous El book by Eric Oszustowicz is only $65.50 including shipping.
The Elevated Railways of Manhattan, 2nd Edition (2016).
A typical Manhattan Railway steam train turning south onto Front Street from Coenties Slip in 1894.
A northbound train of MUDCs has just crossed the Harlem River and entered The Bronx. This is a post-1940 view, so only Third Avenue trains are operating.
Looking north at 110th Street and Eighth Avenue (Frederick Douglass Boulevard).
A train of R12 and R14 cars is seen entering Queensboro Plaza during the 1950s or early 1960s.
Looking at the Manhattan Bridge approach from the Canal Street station on May 9, 1955.
Looking north from 34th Street and Third Avenue in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
During demolition at Third Avenue and 42nd Street looking north.
A May 1955 view of MUDC 1266 northbound at the 59th Street station.
A view closer to the bridge entrance.
A rare color view of gate cars on the Third Avenue Line.
The demise of the Third Avenue El. This is a demolition view on October 20, 1974 along Webster Avenue just south of East 204th Street. The 1965 GM “fishbowl” bus in the picture would be retired about 1980.
A DeSoto taxi heads northward and over the trolley tracks (the last streetcars ran in 1946) at 45th Street.
The 99th Street El station northbound platform. The buildings on the east side of Third Avenue have been razed for a new public housing project, the George Washington Houses.
A southbound five-car train with two 1938 Steinway motors on either end with a Low-V trailer in the center is traveling on Webster Avenue while crossing Mosholu Parkway. The El would close on April 29, 1973, thus ending the elevated era in New York City.