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THE   FLUSHING   RAIL   ROAD   COMPANY

TOWER   NUMBER   THREE   -   BX   TOWER
BS   TOWER   -   BLISS   TOWER


THE   LONG   ISLAND   RAIL   ROAD   COMPANY


TOWER   NUMBER   THREE

1894   BLUEPRINT   UPDATED   DECEMBER   1903

EAST IS TO THE LEFT AND WEST TO THE RIGHT.   ORIGINAL TOWER
WAS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE MONTAUK BRANCH WEST OF
GREENPOINT AVENUE CROSSING AND OPERATED THE CROSSING GATES.  



IN MARCH,   1908   THE TOWER WAS MOVED TO THE SOUTHWEST QUADRANT,
PERHAPS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BUILDING OF THE MONTAUK CUT OFF.
WEST IS TO THE LEFT AND EAST TO THE RIGHT.     THIS IS JUNE,   1912.
AT THIS TIME TRAINS ON THE MONTAUK CUT OFF "KEPT RIGHT" - NOTE THE
EASTBOUND M.C.O. TRACK CROSSING THE WESTBOUND MONTAUK BRANCH.


EVENTUALLY TRAINS KEPT TO THE LEFT ON THE MONTAUK C.O. AND THE TRACKS BOTH CONNECTED
WITH THE WESTBOUND MONTAUK BRANCH AND THERE WAS A SCISSOR CROSSOVER EAST OF THE CROSSING.


THIS IS 1929 AND THIRD RAIL TIES HAVE BEEN INSTALLED AND
THE THIRD RAIL DISTRIBUTED PENDING ITS INSTALLATION.


THIS IS 1929 AND THE GRADE CROSSING AND GREENPOINT AVENUE DRAWBRIDGE ARE ABOUT TO BE
ELIMINATED.   THE LETTER "X" HAS JUST BEEN ELIMINATED FROM TELEGRAPHIC CALL LETTERS.


GREENPOINT   AVENUE   DRAWBRIDGE

OPENED   IN   1899   -   PHOTOGRAPHED BY   1912


IN     1929


"BX" HAS BECOME "BS" AND THAT'S A REAL EARLY KEYSTONE SIGN.


WOODEN   OUTSIDE   STAIRCASE


EAST OF BS LOOKING WEST - A SPRING FROG IN THE FOREGROUND
AND THE NEW GREENPOINT AVENUE BRIDGE IN THE DISTANCE


DECEMBER 1945 BLUEPRINT - SCISSOR CROSSOVER HAS BEEN REMOVED.
BS  TOWER  CHANGED  TO  BLISS  APRIL  22,  1937

BOB EMERY PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1954 - SPIRAL STAIRCASE MAY HAVE
COME FROM LONG ISLAND CITY STATION WHEN IT WAS RAZED.


OCTOBER   16,   1955


THE VAN IDERSTINE COMPANY HAD SIDINGS NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE MONTAUK BRANCH JUST EAST OF THE TOWER.


IN 1960 THIS CABIN WITH A FOUR LEVER  TABLE INTERLOCKER REPLACED THE FRAME TOWER


AND SPRING SWITCHES AND HAND OPERATED SWITCHES
REPLACED THOSE FORMERLY OPERATED FROM THE TOWER.






EAST OF BLISS LOOKING WEST - THE GREENPOINT AVENUE BRIDGE IN THE DISTANCE


FURTHER EAST OF BLISS LOOKING WEST


LOOKING EAST AT STANDARD OIL COMPANY'S PRIVATE CROSSING


EAST OF STANDARD OIL COMPANY'S PRIVATE CROSSING LOOKING WEST


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