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New York's only PCC's/trolley-dodgin' days in the boroughs
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the time the last Brooklyn streetcars ran in late 1956, only the PCC's remained in service.

The last of the "standard" cars (Peter Witts) had been retired a few years earlier.

By the time the last of the old open-platform BMT elevated cars ran in 1958, the Myrtle Avenue El was the last of the old BRT/BMT el lines to be running.

By the late 1940's, streetcar line replacements were once again moving ahead; bit by bit (as was the case with PSNJ) the once- complex ganglia of B&QT streetcar lines were being whittled away to nearly nothing.

The BMT El lines that were still running to Park Row, Manhattan in 1944, were truncated when service over the Bridge was discontinued, and the El lines cut back.

The streetcars, as you know, were then shifted over to the former El tracks, where they ran until service across the Bridge ended in 1950.

In 1947, new St. Louis-built trolley buses began operating in Brooklyn, but their service lives were short; the NYCTA pulled the plug on trolley bus service in 1960, replacing the electric coaches with modern diesel buses.

With the passing of the trolley buses, so also went the era of electric-powered surface transit in Brooklyn......

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

October 31st, 1956.......the end of an era.......

https://www.newdavesrailpix.com/nyc/htm/bqt736.htm

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On this day in 1936, the first B&QT PCC's enter service on the "SMITH-CONEY ISLAND" line.

The PCC's would also have the distinction of being the last streetcars to operate anywhere in Brooklyn (1956; see photo of the last car in my previous post)......

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On this day in 1919, the streetcars of the "BROOKLYN & NORTH RIVER RR" made their final runs between the PRR's Desbrosses St. Ferry and Brooklyn.

The line was a melange of the BRT/NYRys./TARS.

Leaving the PRR ferry depot, the cars ran along Canal Street to the Manhattan Bridge; there they used the east side tracks, and then onto Flatbush Avenue, to the intersection at Fulton.

TARS cars were used in this service; they used trolley poles in Brooklyn and conduit plows in Manhattan.

This line operated in competition with the "Three Cent Line""......

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is always interesting to remember that he streetcars of various companies once crossed over the East River from Manhattan into Brooklyn (via several bridges); there was, as an example, the aforementioned "BROOKLYN & NORTH RIVER RR.", as well as the B&QT.

Streetcars also crossed over the Queensboro Bridge until 1957; this was also the last streetcar operation in New York.

Streetcars over the Brooklyn Bridge, operating out of Park Row, ceased crossing the span in 1950, six years after the BMT elevated trains over the bridge were eliminated.......

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.....I've always thought it sad that Brooklyn's streetcar lines never were graced by postwar PCC's; ironically, new postwar trolley buses (built by St. Louis) operated in Brooklyn until 1960.

IMHO, had B&QT streetcars lasted at least several years beyond 1956, perhaps the new postwar PCC's might have replaced the Peter Witts earlier.....

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.....also, as the BoT was ordering hundreds of new buses in the late 1940's, I still puzzle why the prewar B&QT trolleybuses then in use were not replaced with new diesel buses, considering that the new postwar trolley buses only ran until 1960.....

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