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THE   CULVER   LINE

THE   PROSPECT   PARK   &   CONEY   ISLAND   RAIL   ROAD'S
NEW   YORK   AND   CONEY   ISLAND   RAILROAD
PAGE  NEW  JANUARY  6,  2003  -  Revised  JANUARY  9,   2021


FROM   PERCY;S   POCKET   DICTIONARY   OF   CONEY   ISLAND
1880   LIBRARY   OF   CONGRESS   PAMPHLET








RIGHT   OF   WAY   OF   THE   NEW   YORK   &   CONEY   ISLAND   RAILROAD



 

CONEY   ISLAND   1867


"Tilyou’s Surf House, established in 1865, a popular tavern close to the terminus of the first rail line".

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THE GENT WITH THE SHOTGUN MAY BE HUNTING FOR CONEYS.   OR PERHAPS
HE'S GUARDING TILYOU'S CHOWDER RECIPE OR HIS SUPPLY OF BAVARIAN LAGER.


APRIL 16 1879 AGREEMENT BETWEEN B. B. & C. I.   AND   N. Y. & C. I.


THIS CIRCA 1865 MAP SHOWS THE "RAILROAD HOUSE" HOTEL, B. B. & C. I. STATION AND TICKET OFFICE.


 



PROSPECT   PARK   &   CONEY   ISLAND   TRAIN   ON   NEW   YORK   &   CONEY   ISLAND.
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B. R. T.   BLUEPRINT   OF   N. Y. & C. I.


THE     RIGHT   OF   WAY

THE   GIGANTIC   ELEPHANT;   THE   ELEPHANTINE   COLOSSUS;
THE   MAMMOTH   COLOSSUS;   THE   COLOSSAL   MAMMOTH;
THE   PREPONDERANT   PACHYDERM


IN 1884 A HOTEL IN THE SHAPE OF AN ELEPHANT WAS BUILT ON LAND
PURCHASED OR LEASED FROM THE   NEW YORK & SEA BEACH RAILROAD.

RIGHT  OF  WAY  -   WEST  EIGHTH  STREET  DIAMOND CROSSING SIGN VISIBLE NEAR BOTTOM RIGHT


THE ELEPHANT HOTEL HAD ITS OWN N. Y. & S. B. STATION.
A LARGE SIGN ANNOUNCES "NEWARK, BATH AND LOCUST GROVE R. R."



1884     THE   ELEPHANT   HOTEL   NEW.     THE   CROSSING   IS   WEST   11TH   STREET.


IN   1889   A   ROLLER   COASTER   WAS   BUILT   AROUND   THE   HOTEL


1895   SANFORD   MAP


The Shaw Elevator and Channel Chute Company Limited was incorporated
December 4, 1888, in New York City. The roller coaster opened in 1889.
IN THE FOREGROUND IS WEST TWELFTH STREET CROSSING


THE SIGN ON THE STATION PLATFORM ANNOUNCES "TRAINS FOR NEW YORK VIA 39TH ST FERRY".


RIGHT  OF  WAY  -   AT BOTTOM RIGHT IS DIAMOND CROSSING SIGN AT WEST EIGHTH STREET


CONNECTION WITH WEST END TERMINAL.   B.B. & W.E. CARS VISIBLE.   WEST TWELFTH STREET CROSSING.



A SECOND ROLLER COASTER - THE RACER - WAS BUILT EAST OF THE CHANNEL SHUTE



THE   ELEPHANT   HOTEL   BURNED   SEPTEMBER   27   1896




AFTER   THE   FIRE


SEA   LION   PARK

ON JULY 4 1895 CAPTAIN PAUL BOYTON OPENED SEA LION PARK, BEHIND THE SEA
BEACH PALACE AND ON PROPERTY FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY PAYNE'S FIREWORKS



THE PARK FEATURED HIS "SHOOTING THE CHUTES" WATER SLIDE.   THIS IS ITS LAGOON.
IN THE RIGHT BACKGROUND ARE THE RACER COASTER, THE CHANNEL
SHUTE COASTER AND OUT OF SIGHT THE ELEPHANT HOTEL.


Boyton purchased and installed Lina Beecher’s Flip-Flap Railway


AT FIRST THE FLIP-FLAP PARTIALLY SURROUNDED THE LAGOON.
THESE TWO PHOTOS WERE COPYRIGHTED IN 1900




BASED UPON CONFLICTING INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS HISTORIANS, WIKIPEDIA,
GOOGLE SEARCH, THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND
AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION, CONSIDERATION, AND INTERPOLATION, WE HAVE COME TO THIS CONCLUSION:
IN 1901 PAUL BOYTON INVESTED $100000 IN IMPROVEMENTS TO SEA LION PARK.
HE PURCHASED OR LEASED THE SIX ACRES WHERE THE ELEPHANT HOTEL HAD STOOD.
HE MOVED THE FLIP-FLAP COASTER TO THAT AREA BORDERED BY
WEST TWELFTH STREET AND THE NEW YORK & CONEY ISLAND RAIL ROAD.

ALL   OF   WHICH   RESULTED   IN   THIS:


SHOOT   THE   CHUTES











LOVELY   MAP   FROM   HISTORIC   MAP   WORKS
  SHOWS   CONEY   ISLAND   ELEVATED





CULVER   TERMINAL   1899   or   1900.
ELEVATED   STRUCTURE   OF   THE   CONEY   ISLAND   ELEVATED   CLEARLY   VISIBLE   (SEA   VIEW   RAILWAY)



AS PART OF THE  P.P.& C.I., THE N.Y.& C.I. WAS  ELECTRIFIED IN 1899.
IN 1900 THE ELEVATED STRUCTURE OF THE CONEY ISLAND ELEVATED (SEA VIEW RAILWAY) WAS DEMOLISHED.
THE TRACKS WERE RELAID ON THE GROUND AND USED
TO CONNECT THE BRIGHTON LINE WITH THE CULVER LINE.

1904   NEW   CULVER   TERMINAL





IN THE DISTANCE A BRIGHTON BEACH TRAIN IS MOVING ACROSS THE NEW SWITCHES
A ROLLER COASTER AT THE RIGHT


A   B.R.T   BLUEPRINT




BY 1915 THE BRIGHTON TRACKS AGAIN CROSSED CULVER TERMINAL AND WERE CONNECTED WITH THE N.Y. & C.I. R.R.
BRIGHTON TRAINS COULD NOW RUN VIA CULVER TERMINAL OR WEST END TERMINAL.


AT BRIGHTON BEACH THE LOOP TRACKS HAD BEEN REMOVED AND TWO TRACKS RAN ON THE SURFACE TO CONEY ISLAND.


OCEAN   PARKWAY   STATION


WEST   FIRST   STREET


WEST   FIFTH   STREET
1916   PHOTO   THANKS   TO   BRIAN   MERLIS   AT     OLD   NYC   PHOTOS


AT   LEFT   PROBBER'S   DELI   AND   LUNCH


THIS AND THE NEXT MAP SHOW HOW THE ENTRANCE TO LUNA PARK WAS BUILT STRADDLING THE N. Y. & C. I. TRACKS.





GRAND   ENTRANCE   TO   LUNA   PARK


BUILT   ACROSS   BOTH   N. Y. & C. I.   TRACKS


APRIL   12   1889   P.P.& C.I.   AND   B.B.& W.E.   AGREEMENT


REGARDING   SEA   BEACH   LINE,


BILL   FAUSSER   IN   HIS   "THE   SEA   BEACH   TO   CONEY   ISLAND"
STATES   THAT   THIS   SERVICE   RAN   ONLY   IN   1907   AND   1908.



NEXT TO THE ENTRANCE THE MAP SHOWS TWO SHORT TRACKS RUNNING NORTH OFF SURF AVENUE.
THESE APPARENTLY PROVIDED A "LUNA PARK STATION" WHERE PASSENGERS COULD
DETRAIN AND BOARD INSTEAD OF WAITING ON THE STREET.
THIS ALSO PROVIDED A "WYE" FOR TURNING CARS.
IN THIS PHOTO THERE IS A STREETCAR AT THE FAR RIGHT.




IN THIS VIEW OF THE ENTRANCE AN ELEVATED CAR IS VISIBLE




OVER THE YEARS THE ENTRANCE GOT WIDER AND GRANDER




IN 1918 - 1920 THE N. Y. & C. I. TRACKS WERE RAISED AND BECAME THE BRIGHTON
LINE ABOVE THE CULVER LINE INTO THE NEW STILLWELL AVENUE TERMINAL.
THE ENTRANCE WAS MADE SMALLER FRONT TO BACK AND WAS NOW ENTIRELY IN FRONT OF THE RIGHT-OF-WAY.


SWITCH   TO   WEST   END   TERMINAL.


LUNA   PARK   STATION








THESE TWO PHOTOS AND MAP SHOW THE JUNCTION OF THE SEA BEACH WITH THE CULVER/BRIGHTON LINES.
THE SEA BEACH TRACKS PASSED UNDER/THROUGH THE L. A. THOMPSON ROLLER COASTER.






AS PART OF THE  P.P.& C.I., THE N.Y.& C.I. WAS  ELECTRIFIED IN 1899
AND WAS OPERATED AS PART OF THE SOUTH BROOKLYN RAILWAY.
ELEVATED TRAINS AS WELL AS TROLLEY CARS RAN TO NORTONS POINT.
EVENTUALLY THE N.Y.& C.I. BECAME THE NORTONS POINT SHUTTLE AND
UNTIL 1948 TROLLEY CARS RAN FROM THE ELEVATED STILLWELL AVENUE
STATION DOWN A RAMP TO STREET LEVEL. THIS IS FROM A 1946 E.R.A. MAP.





WEST END TERMINAL CIRCA 1909.   SURF AVENUE IN THE FOREGROUND.
NEAR THE CENTER OF THE IMAGE IS A DIAMOND CROSSING SIGN PROTECTING THE N.Y. & C.I. NORTON'S POINT LINE DOUBLE TRACK GRADE CROSSING.


WEST END TERMINAL IN 1916


THIS IMAGE SHOWS THE N.Y. & C.I. NORTON'S POINT LINE DOUBLE TRACK GRADE CROSSING.


AT THE LEFT IN THIS IMAGE IS THE DIAMOND CROSSING SIGN PROTECTING THE N.Y. & C.I. NORTON'S POINT LINE DOUBLE TRACK GRADE CROSSING.


AT THE LEFT IS THE DIAMOND CROSSING SIGN PROTECTING THE N.Y. & C.I. NORTON'S POINT LINE DOUBLE TRACK GRADE CROSSING.




THE   NEW   WEST   END   TERMINAL  -  STILLWELL   AVENUE




STILLWELL   AVENUE   IN   1949
BILL   SLADE   PHOTOGRAPHS


















WEST   37TH   STREET   4-11-19
ELEVATED   TRAIN   COULD   BE   BRIGHTON,   CULVER,   SEA   BEACH   OR   WEST   END.


AT   SEA   GATE




JOHN   KRAUS   PHOTO



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