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THE   NEW   YORK   AND   MANHATTAN   BEACH   RAILWAY


THE   L.I.R.R.'S   EVERGREEN   BRANCH


BUILT AS PART OF THE MAIN LINE OF THE THREE FOOT GAUGE NEW YORK AND MANHATTAN BEACH RAILWAY THE EVERGREEN BRANCH CONSISTED OF TWO LEASED PORTIONS:   GREENPOINT TO FLUSHING AVENUE, 2.70 MILES LEASED FROM THE GLENDALE & EAST RIVER, AND FLUSHING AVENUE TO COOPER AVENUE JUNCTION, LEASED FROM THE BROOKLYN & ROCKAWAY BEACH.  IN 1883 THE STANDARD GAUGE CONNECTION FROM COOPER AVENUE JUNCTION TO THE MONTAUK DIVISION AT FRESH POND WAS BUILT AND THE LINES TO MANHATTAN BEACH FROM COOPER AVE. JCT. AND BAY RIDGE WERE MADE STANDARD GAUGE.  THE "EVERGREEN BRANCH" REMAINED NARROW GAUGE UNTIL 1884.   DURING 1883, 1884 AND 1885 A SHUTTLE RAN CONNECTING AT COOPER AVE. JCT. WITH EVERY LONG ISLAND CITY TRAIN.         IN 1886 GREENPOINT SERVICE WAS ABANDONED AND A BUSHWICK SHUTTLE WAS INSTITUTED WHICH RAN THROUGH THE 1894 SEASON.  IN 1896 - 1897 THE RIGHT OF WAY BETWEEN GREENPOINT AND SOUTH SIDE CROSSING (BUSHWICK BRANCH CROSSING) WAS ABANDONED.  ON FEBRUARY 9, 1939 EIGHT BLOCKS LENGTH OF THE BRANCH WAS REMOVED FROM SERVICE.   THESE CROSSINGS WERE CLOSED:  HIMROD STREET; STANHOPE STREET; STOKHOLM STREET; DeKALB AVENUE; HART STREET; SUYDAM STREET; WILLOUGHBY AVENUE AND STARR STREET.   IN 1965 WHEN NEW YORK STATE PURCHASED THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD THE BAY RIDGE AND EVERGREEN BRANCHES REMAINED PART OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD.   SUBSEQUENTLY THEY BECAME PART OF PENN CENTRAL THEN CONRAIL.   IN 1984 THE L.I.R.R. AGAIN TOOK OVER THE BAY RIDGE BRANCH BUT DECIDED TO ABANDON THE EVERGREEN BRANCH AND ITS SOLE CONSIGNEE.


THIS PLAN - CIRCA 1876 - SHOWS A PROPOSED ROUTE TO THE GREENPOINT AVENUE FERRY IN RED


THE ROUTE ADOPTED IS SHOWN IN PENCIL


THIS ATLAS MAP - COURTESY WARD MAPS.COM - SHOWS THE TERMINAL AND ROUNDHOUSE


THIS 1880 ATLAS MAP SHOWS THE TERMINAL, TURNTABLE AND ROUNDHOUSE





THE LOCATION IS NOT GIVEN FOR THIS IMAGE FROM A STEREOVIEW PHOTOGRAPH.
COULD IT BE GREENPOINT DEPOT?


WE   BELIEVE   SO !


1884 MAP


CIRCA 1880 TIME CARD.



FROM 1879 REPORT TO NEW YORK STATE RAILROAD COMMISSION.
NOTE "DOUBLE T. SWITCH" EAST OF BOTH GREENPOINT AND BAY RIDGE TERMINALS.
IT IS ARRT'S GUESS THAT "DOUBLE T. (SWITCH)" STOOD FOR "TRIPLE THROW" (T. T. OR DOUBLE T.) SWITCH.



THIS IS A TRIPLE THROW SWITCH ON THE THREE FOOT GAUGE EAST BROAD TOP R.R.


IN JULY 1889 THE CHIEF ENGINEER REPORTED ON THE VALUE OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE N.Y.
& M.B.  INCLUDING 1.76 MILES OF SINGLE TRACK WITH 40 POUND RAIL WHICH WAS NOT IN SERVICE.


1920's MAP SHOWS FREIGHT CONSIGNEES.
AND CHECK OUT THE BUSHWICK BRANCH!


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