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Charlie Ricker
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« Reply #20 on: Feb 17th, 2013, 6:10pm »
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on Feb 17th, 2013, 11:01am, HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Here's a rare and interesting view from 1937, obviously taken during an off-hour, most likely a sunday.
 
Here we see the entrance to the ramps leading up to the upper level of the PS terminal' note the streetcar is signed for the #23 CENTRAL.
 
Since the opening of the City Subway in 1935, this route was a subway-surface line, and no longer operated on surface trackage downtown.
 
After exiting the Norfolk Street station (here located in an open cut), the cars of the #23 used inclined ramps and a wooden trestle to reach surface trackage.
 
I've seen other photos of this car, obviously taken on the same day.
 
It was bieng used on a grand fan trip, that not only operated over ESSEX DIVISION trackage, but also, trackage on the HUDSON DIVISION as well.
 
In 1937, a number of surface car lines (but, by no means, all of them) were converted over to ASV operation, hence the many fantrips held at that time.
 
This certainly must have been a most memorable excursion; also, note the vintage buses on the left.............
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?117012
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)

 
HFM,
 
In the distance in the center of the photo, is that structure a huge gas tank? It seems there were quite a few of those in some metropolitan areas. Allentown, PA comes to mind having one in many rail photos.
 
Thanks,
 
Charlie


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« Reply #21 on: Feb 17th, 2013, 7:12pm »
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Charlie:
 
Indeed!
 
There were many of these huge tanks in my area of NJ, many years back, especially in the more industrial areas.
 
When northern "metro area" NJ still had a large manufacturing base, such tanks were commonplace.
 
The largest I recall was the HUGE gas tank that sat right smack-dab on the West Side of Manhattan, amid the docks, wharves, skyscrapers, and the West Side Highway.
 
It had a big sign on it proclaiming "GAS HEATS BEST"
 
This was a local landmark for ages, but had now been gone at least forty years or more.
 
When Mom and I rode trains and buses in the Newark-Jersey City area, long ago, such tanks were integral parts of the urban landscape....a loooong time ago.....
 
"H.F.M."


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #22 on: Feb 17th, 2013, 7:25pm »
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Charlie:
 
Just to get "off topic" for a moment, to bring you a picture of interest.
 
In the extreme left background of this circa-1948 photo, you'll see the big gas tank on the West Side of Manhattan I mentioned in my previous post.
 
The PSNJ streetcar (based at the "Big Tree" carbarns in Union City, which I knew well as a bus garage while growing up) is about to enter the private ROW, its journey from Hoboken nearly through (the elevated station there was adacent to the DL&W terminal), and descend down to the ferry terminal.
 
The ROW, hugging the side of the Palisades, is still there, minus rails and ties (service on this and all remaining HUDSON DIVISION car lines ended in August of 1949)
 
The West Shore terminal (and Manhattan ferries) shut down in 1959; a large parking lot for the Waterway ferries now occupoies the site.
 
Interestingly, one of my uncles was friends with the guy who owned the ESSO station in the east side of Boulevard East!
 
Nothing seen here on the Weehawken waterfront survives.....it has all vanished into history.
 
This is another area I've known so well throughout my life; I'm only about 15 minutes away from this once-busy rail area today.......
 
"H.F.M."
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?116258
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #23 on: Feb 17th, 2013, 7:40pm »
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Here we see a PSNJ streetcar heading east across the Jersey Meadows, bound for the bustling PS terminal at Journal Square, Jersey City.
 
This route (#43) began its run in Newark, and entered street trackage via the Cedar St. Subway.
 
Note, too, the big gas tanks in the background.
 
Also visible in the background are the bridges for the DL&W and Route 7.
 
In 1937, one year after this photo was taken, this line was converted to ASV (dual-powered trolley coach) operation; in 1947, this became a bus route.
 
This is one of those classic "New Joisey as it was" scenes.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?116968
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #24 on: Feb 17th, 2013, 11:56pm »
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Before the second-hand ex-TCRT PCC's began arriving in late 1953, the original Franklin Avenue station was a stub-ended facility; loops were not needed as the streetcars were double-ended.
 
A new loop was built here, as well as a new station.
 
For decades, facility, little changed, was an important transfer point between a number of PS bus routes and the subway streetcars.
 
Note the vintage PS buses at the station platform; also, note the ERIE hopper spotted on the coal dock trestle.
 
Not surprisingly, nothing here survives today......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?116251
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #25 on: Feb 18th, 2013, 12:11am »
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Here's a few 1954/55 views of PS buses meeting the subway cars at Franklin Avenue.
 
Note the ex-TCRT cars are now painted in the handsome PS bus scheme.
 
Twenty-five years later, with the exception of newer buses, this little station remained virtually unchanged.
 
This area is totally unrecognizeable today; new station here is a "through" station, with the new LRV's running on the new line that extends beyond the old Franklin Avenue terminal......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?88045
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?88048
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?87844
 
(photos courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #26 on: Feb 18th, 2013, 12:22am »
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Another classic streetcar/bus scene at Franklin Avenue.
 
The photo date given here (1947) is incorrect; note that the new loop is in place, and the replacement station is yet to be completed.
 
I would date this photo to late 1953.
 
Veteran PS car #8013 was then running out her last miles, when this photo was taken.....
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?116252
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #27 on: Feb 18th, 2013, 12:44am »
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The days of the old deck-roof cars in CITY SUBWAY service were rapidly flying by when this photo of elderly #3221 was taken leaving the Franklin Avenue station, trailed by a new PCC.
 
Note the "SUBWAY CAR-SAVE TIME AND PARKING" legend on the car's side.
 
This was carried on the sides of all ESSEX DIVISION cars that utilized the Subway to reach downtown Newark.
 
One can almost hear the piercing, squealing song of the wheels heeling to that tight curve, as the old trolley begins one of its last trips into Newark......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?76102
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #28 on: Feb 18th, 2013, 2:32am »
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Today, a new "through" station, "BRANCH BROOK PARK", has replaced the old Franklin Avenue loop and station on the Newark Light Rail (the line is no longer officially known by its old and historic name, the "Newark City Subway".
 
It just ain't the same......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?27685
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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Charlie Ricker
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« Reply #29 on: Feb 18th, 2013, 4:45pm »
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HFM:
 
Thanks much for digging up those photos and the good info. Those gas tanks sure had that distinctive look about them. I don't recall anything like that up here in Rochester when I was little, but then again I just may not have seen it if there was one.
 
Nice topic!
 
Charlie


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« Reply #30 on: Feb 18th, 2013, 5:10pm »
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on Feb 18th, 2013, 4:45pm, Charlie Ricker wrote:       (Click here for original message)
HFM:
 
Thanks much for digging up those photos and the good info. Those gas tanks sure had that distinctive look about them. I don't recall anything like that up here in Rochester when I was little, but then again I just may not have seen it if there was one.
 
Nice topic!
 
Charlie

 
 
Charlie:
 
You are welcome!
 
Glad you've been enjoying the topic!
 
Being a lifelong "Joisey Boy", those big gas tanks certainly were familiar sights to me, thoughout the decades......indeed integral.....and timeless......industrial infrastructure of "Old Joisey"!
 
Back in my day, NJ still was a major industrial force, and such structures were as commonplace as cracks in the sidewalk....and half-buried, long-dormant trolley tracks.....
 
"H.F.M."


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« Reply #31 on: Feb 18th, 2013, 5:24pm »
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This rare photo (IMHO) has an air of mystery to it.
 
Note that photo caption says that photo location was at Franklin Avenue; that station did not open until the #7 CITY SUBWAY line was extended beyond the Heller Parkway station in 1940.
 
Also, note the car behind #3213, signed for the #23 CENTRAL; this route branched off of the Subway at Norfolk Street, nowhere near Franklin Avenue.
 
Note too, the interesting "MYSTERY BUS RIDE" placard on the front dash.
 
This is leading me to believe that this was some sort of a pre-1940 fan trip; during this time, there were many fan excursions over the CITY SUBWAY and its connecting surface lines.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?18981


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A beautiful color portrait of car #3213 just outside the old Franklin Avenue stub station.
 
Note the pristine paint on this handsome trolley; this suggest that this photo dates to the early 40's, when PS was repainting the cars from thier "Old Yellow" and "De Luxe" schemes of earlier days (also note car card ad frames are empty)
 
Looks as though the car has just recently emerged from the paint shop!
 
Also, note the "Golden Glow" headlight, abvove the dash light.  Many PSNJ lines that operated over stretches of private ROW utilized these impressive and powerful lights.
 
Here again, this might have been a fan trip of sorts, or, at least some sort of special move.
 
Note the streetcar has its rear pole up (suggesting an outbound run to Franklin Avenue), but is spotted on the inbound track, thus running "wrong way".
 
Whatever, this is indeed a timeless vignette of NJ streetcar operations, back in the old days......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?18980
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #33 on: Feb 18th, 2013, 5:49pm »
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Rare interior view of the old Bell St. barn on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, about 1938.
 
During the heyday of City Subway operations, this huge facility was home base to the cars of the #29, which entered and left the Subway at Bloomfield Avenue in Newark.
 
This barn was unusual in that a loop was located within the building, which resulted to the angular look to the rear of the structure, when viewed from outside.
 
After the #29 (last of the connecting subway-surface lines) was converted to bus in early 1952, the facility became a PSNJ bus garage.
 
In later years, it was converted into a popular bowling alley, "Bel-Clair Lanes".
 
Sadly, back in the 90's, this historic structure was torn down.
 
Note all but one car in this photo features the handsome "De Luxe" scheme of the late 1920's; only one car is still painted in the "Old Yellow".
 
So much transportation history here.....nothing seen here exists today.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?118324
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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On a dismal, dreary day, car #2680 awaits departure for the Subway, in front of the Bell St. Carhouse in Montclair.
 
This picture seems to date to just before the streetcars were replaced by buses in 1952......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?116983
 
(photo courtesy of nysubway.org)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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Now, here's a circa-1950 Subway-Surface streetcar scene that will also be enjoyed by the ERIE fans amongst us!
 
Here we see a car on the #29 line passing alongside a steam-hauled ERIE commuter train on the old Caldwell Branch (long gone).
 
The streetcar, ERIE steamer, Stillwell coaches, and vintage autos all wondefully date this nostalgic old scene of life as it was.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?116986
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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In this circa-1936 view, we see PSNJ car #3212 (still sporting the handsome, stylish "De Luxe" scheme of the late 1920's) as signed for the #23 CENTRAL (a Newark subway-surface route), but carrying a front roller curtain reading that reads "SPECIAL".
 
Also, note the dash sign lists cities on both the ESSEX and HUDSON divisions (including my hometown of Union City!); obviously, this was yet another traction enthusiast's special, one of many over the many PSNJ routes of that era.
 
The dapper crew look pretty proud of themselves!
 
This MIGHT have been taken at either the Plank Road shops or, possibly Miller St. in Newark.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?118331
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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In this bustling cityscape from 1951, we see car #2628 on the #21 ORANGE, after just passing beneath the elevated DL&W's electrified M&E line, at the East Orange station.
 
Recall, that post-WW1, the DL&W embarked on a massive project that modernized the Morris & Essex line from Newark through the Oranges.
 
Electrification came in 1930.
 
It is interesting to note that there were two "branches" of the #21; the #21 ORANGE left the City Subway at grade at Orange Street, while the #21 VIA W. MARKET reached street trackage via two long inclined ramps located in cuts on either side of Raymond Boulevard, at Warren St.
 
1951 was also the last full year for service on both branches of this line.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?116982
 
(photo courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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Two interesting and rare views showing the ex-TCRT PCC's being "delivered" to the City Subway.
 
After being refurbished at the PS's Newark shops, the cars were brought by flatbed (note vintage BROCKWAY tractor in the one view), and transported to the old inbound ramp of the #21 VIA W. MARKET, which had then been abandoned for a few years.
 
Track and overhead were still intact.
 
After being unloaded from the flatbed, the cars were then eased under thier own power down the long inbound ramp; once inside the tunnel portal, the cars then made their way to the Penn Station terminal, which was also the new repair shop/storage yard.
 
The PCC's had the distinction of being the last streetcars to use these ramps, which are still intact today, but minus rails, ties, and overhead.
 
As recently as the 1980's, the rails were still intact here, but buried under tons of trash and thick underbrush.
 
Photos I took here many years ago show a section of the overhead was still intact on the inbound ramp*; those wires are now long gone......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?76133
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?76134
 
(photos courtesy of nycsubway.org)
 
* An interesting bit of historical trivia on the City Subway; when inbound cars of the #21 VIA W. MARKET passed through the Warren St. portal, they were hidden behind a curtain wall, and then the cars switched onto the main subway tracks for the remainder of the run to Penn Station.
 
A crossover was still located at this point, back in the 70's.
 
The interesting little quirk here, is that, for many years AFTER the #21 VIA W. MARKET line was abandoned, inbound #7 CITY SUBWAY cars had to obey a "stop and proceed" signal, just before where the old #21 switch was located.
 
Perhaps, PSNJ was concerned about "phantom" cars entering the Subway via this old line, years after its abandonment.......(!!)


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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"ROSEVILLE" (Newark) was the largest car barn on PSNJ's ESSEX division.
 
During the 1940's and early 50's, not only were the subway-surface cars of the #21 and #23 stabled here, but also, a large number of work equipment, such as line cars, tool cars, sweepers, plows. etc.
 
This 1940's scene shows the vast open storage yard at ROSEVILLE; two elderly work cars figure prominently here.
 
Note the "SUBWAY CAR-SAVE TIME AND PARKING" legend on the #21 car (#8019) on the right.
 
Massive carpentry shops at this location kept the wooden bodies of the old cars in fine shape throught the decades; PSNJ was always known for its reputation of keeping up its rolling stock.......
 
http://www.davesrailpix.com/psct/htm/psct073.htm
 
(photo courtesy of Dave's Electric Railroads)


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